Let's Talk Books

A Blast From The Past : Part 2

This post—and a number of others that will surely follow—are inspired by Vera from, Unfiltered Tales, commented on my original Blast From The Past post. Both Vera and Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, wanted some suggestions on which SF classic authors they should try reading.

So, for those of you who are looking for something different, why not try one or two of the novels mentioned below. Each offers an alternate perspective and narrative to the category it’s listed under.

This is by no means a definite list but rather a sampler of choices.


  • CODE OF CONDUCT by Kristine Smith
  • DUNE by Frank Herbert
  • FOREIGNER by C. J. Cherryh
  • GOLDEN WITCHBREED by Mary Gentle
  • THE SNOW QUEEN by Joan D. Vinge


  • GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl


  • THE VISITORS by Clifford D. Simak
  • THE PUPPET MASTERS by Robert A. Heinlein
  • CHAGA by Ian McDonald
  • CHILDHOOD’S END by Arthur C. Clarke
  • DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS by John Wyndham


  • ACK-ACK MACAQUE by Gareth L. Powell
  • EUROPE, IN AUTUMN by Dave Hutchinson
  • THE LEGION PROPHECY by Mark A. Latham


  • DESTINATION: VOID by Frank Herbert
  • DRAGONFLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey
  • EARTHSEED by Pamela Sargent


  • DARWIN’S RADIO by Greg Bear
  • DAUGHTER’S OF MOAB, THE by Kim Westwood
  • YEAR ZERO by Jeff Long


  • ANCIENT SHORES by Jack McDevitt
  • CONTACT by Carl Sagan


  • THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN by Michael Crichton
  • BEYOND THE BARRIER by Damon Knight
  • BLOOD MUSIC by Greg Bear


  • EMBERS OF WAR by Gareth L. Powell
  • GLORY MAIN by Henry V. O’Neil
  • HUNTING PARTY by Elizabeth Moon
  • ON BASILISK STATION by David Weber
  • VALOR’S CHOICE by Tanya Huff
  • VIRTUES OF WAR by Bennett R. Coles


  • BABEL-17 by Samuel R. Delany
  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keyes
  • SOLDIER, ASK NOT by Gordon R. Dickson
  • THE SEEDLING STARS by James Blish
  • THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon

Meanwhile, if you have a favourite SF classic you want to share, leave a comment, or better still, go make your own list!


  1. Even I have heard of Dune Alexandra! Wonder I know lol. I think many amateurs of the genre will find your list very interesting!

    • Ha! Ha! It’s one of those books, like Dracula or Frankenstein that just about everyone’s heard of, Sophie. Although, if I were to offer suggestions to beginners looking to jump into SF, Dune isn’t the first book that comes to mind. (a) it’s one in a very long series, (b) there’s a lot of weird names, (c) politics, (d) did I mention it’s very long dense read?

      Hopefully, this list will help someone who might be interested in finding something SciFi ish to read.

        • Ot’s easier to choose I book, than it is to find more time to read, Sophie. It’s always a case of so many good books, so little time. I know I for one am trying to be more organised, as I’m way behind on my hoped for reading this year. Maybe next year, right? 😀

  2. I have also heard of Dune (movie version though), I tend to watch sci-fi movies a lot but somehow don’t read that many sci-fi books. Both you and Norris have given me many great ideas for future reads though, thanks you! I think my reading list is sorted for a while he he.
    I really like the sound of Snow Queen… must be the approaching winter ❄️ season I think!
    Thanks for more recommendations, taking notes for sure!

    • Alexandra says

      Hey, watching SF movies is just as good, though if they are a novel adaptation, they always leave something out. So, try a book, you never know, you might enjoy it! 😉

      I’m so glad Norrie and I have inspired you. There are so many good books out there, and so many choices of genre, it’s a wonder we don’t all read, all day long! Now wouldn’t that be a dream job?

      Oh, the Snow Queen is an excellent book to read if you want try SF. It’s a rewriting of the folk tale, set on another world. And perfect for the winter season, right? 😀

      • Ha ha, it would be my dream job for sure!

        I enjoy folk stories, the Snow Queen is definitely on my winter reading list. Looking forward to reading it,

        • Alexandra says

          I think they should establish book reading positions in every village, town and city, as a certifiable job position, right? 😉

          Thankfully, there are still enough hours in the day to read, so while we can’t fill that non-existent job, we can still read and dream. And I do hope you get to read the Snow Queen.

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