Our Favorite Vintage Sci-fi Novels

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 1 comment

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Mention vintage sci-fi and a lot people will respond with a vague, glazed stare, while they mumble something about not being sure they’ve read anything that qualifies. Most likely they have. Maybe in a half-forgotten English class in high school or something that slipped into their stack during a library raid, but even if they loved those novels, they don’t think of it as vintage sci-fi. Vintage sci-fi sounds intimidating. There is so much out there. Even if you decide to give it a try, where do you start?

Jason Sizemore and I came up with a list of our ten favorite vintage sci-fi novels. Some of them you may have read, some of them maybe not, but if you’re looking to add more vintage sci-fi to your to-read pile, here are our recommendations.

  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon

2. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

A Canticle for Leibowitz
3. 1984 by George Orwell

4. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

The Stars My Destination
5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World
6. Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune 2
7. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness
8. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

Starship Troopers
9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Want some more vintage sci-fi goodness? Jason and I both had the opportunity to talk about it on The Little Red Reviewer. I discussed the powerful emotional response I have to Flowers for Algernon and Jason talked about how Albert Bester helped form his tastes and views on science fiction. You can read my post here. Jason’s here.

bio picLesley Conner grew up along the Ohio River in Ravenswood, WV. In 2004, she graduated from WVU with a BA in English. Today, she lives near Hagerstown, MD with her husband and two daughters, where she’s a Daisy Girl Scout Leader, horror writer, and editor for Apex Publications. She’s currently working on an alternative history horror novel titled The Weight of Chains. To find out more about Lesley and her writing, check out www.lesleyconner.com, or follow her on Twitter at @LesleyConner.

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  1. I love this list. I’ve read some of these but will definitely add the others to my must list. Thanks to you and Jason for compiling this!

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