postheadericon Classic Science Fiction Novels

What are classic science fiction novels? Can you clearly define the term classic science fiction novels? What would make up a “classic” work in the science fiction genre?

Here are some views on what the classics in the genre might constitute: The classics could be the publications that stood the test of time; or they might be the books that have real literary value; or they may be the most favored books; or they might be the publications in the genre that get reprinted the most; or they could simply be any old work of science fiction. Basically, there could be several diverse classifications for the expression “classic science fiction novels“, and various folks will invariably maintain diverse views of it. Whichever way you may view the topic, listed below are a number of “classic science fiction novels” that might slot into any one of the preceding classifications.

postheadericon A Journey to the Interior of the Earth

A Journey to the Interior of the EarthBy Jules Verne

“A Journey to the Interior of the Earth” is Jules Verne’s classic science fiction adventure about Professor Liedenbrock and his nephew Axel who discover an ancient document written by an Islandic adventurer who went to the center of the earth many years before.

Being the ever-ardent discoverer and scientist, Professor Liedenbrock immediately sets off to Iceland, taking Axel along with him. Together with their guide, Hans, they enter the weird and wonderful world deep beneath the surface of the earth.

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postheadericon A Martian Odyssey

A Martian OdysseyBy Stanley G. Weinbaum

A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories

Stanley G. Weinbaum is best known for his pioneering science fiction short story, A Martian Odyssey, published in 1934 to large (and continuing) praise, which introduces a sympathetic alien, Tweel.

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postheadericon At the Earth’s Core

At the Earth's CoreBy Edgar Rice Burroughs

At the Earth’s Core is Edgar Rice Burrough’s classic science fiction novel. Adventurer David Innes and inventor Abner Perry drill to the core of the Earth with the machine built by Perry, called the “Iron Mole”.

They discover a weird and wonderful primitive world called Pellucidar with strange people and living beings. Here is no sense of time, and danger is on the lurk around every cranny and nook of this world.

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postheadericon Hunters Out of Space

Hunters Out of SpaceBy Joseph Everidge Kelleam

Jack Odin and Gunnar enter deep space to hunt down Grim Hagen who have killed millions of Opal’s people, and stolen their treasures, as well as Maya, their beloved princess.

Their aim – to find Grim Hagen and make him pay, and to get back Maya and the treasures.

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postheadericon Key Out of Time

Key Out of TimeBy Andre Norton

Ashe Gordon and Ross Murdock, infuriated about the loss of their fellow American Time Agent, Travis Fox, on the planet Topaz, travel to a warm ocean planet, Hawaika, where they intend to set up a time gate.

The world is so different from what they expected that they decide on a risky experiment: travel into the past of the planet, accompanied by two mutant dolphins and a female agent of Polynesian ancestry.

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postheadericon Plague Ship

Plague ShipBy Andre Norton

The tramp-freighter spaceship Solar Queen had exclusive trading rights to Sargol and its fabulous gems.

But the crew’s bravery and resourcefulness strained to the breaking point as they met Sargol’s three challenges:

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postheadericon Planet of the Damned

Planet of the DamnedBy Harry Harrison

72 HOURS IN HELL…

Dis was a harsh, inhospitable, dangerous place and the Magter made it worse. They might have been human once–but they were something else now. The Magter had only one desire–Kill! Kill everything, themselves, their planet, the universe if they could–

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postheadericon Space Platform

Space PlatformBy Murray Leinster

Reach for the Stars: We now accept space travel as a reality, but what of a city in space, built on an ever suspended platform?

When young Joe Kenmore came to the little desert town of Bootstrap to install pilot gyros in the top secret Space Platform project he hadn’t bargained on sabotage or murder or love. But Joe soon learned that ruthless agents were determined to wreck the project.

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postheadericon Space Prison

Space PrisonBy Tom Godwin

AFTER TWO CENTURIES…. “The sound came swiftly nearer, rising in pitch and swelling in volume. Then it broke through the clouds, tall and black and beautifully deadly–the Gern battle cruiser, come to seek them out and destroy them. Humbolt dropped inside the stockade, exulting. For two hundred years his people had been waiting for the chance to fight the mighty Gern Empire … with bows and arrows against blasters and bombs!”

“Space Prison” is an epic tale of survival. After war between Humans and Gerns erupted, a human interstellar ship with eight thousand colonists is captured. Half of the group is left to die on a hellish planet called Ragnarok — a planet of high gravity, impossible temperature extremes, murderous wildlife, and no usable resources.

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postheadericon Storm Over Warlock

Storm Over WarlockBy Andre Norton

Stranded on the unfamiliar world of Warlock, Shann Lantee’s expedition camp has been wiped out by the Throgs, beings so alien that humans have yet to communicate with them.

And so Lantee was left alone and weaponless in the strange, hostile world, becoming the human prey of the aliens.

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postheadericon Talents, Incorporated

Talents, IncorporatedBy Murray Leinster

Pretenders or Prophets? At best, the tiny Kandarian Air Fleet would fight until its last ship was blown into infinity. At worst, it would be annihilated without a chance.

To young Captain Bors, either option was unthinkable. The ruthless Dictator of Mekin had already conquered twenty-two helpless planets. Now he wanted Kandar’s unconditional surrender, or his vastly superior forces would blast it out of existence. It took a lot of guts, and the hope that is frequently born of despair, for a military man like Bors to throw in his lot with Talents, Incorporated, an untried, unscientific organization.

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postheadericon The Defiant Agents

The Defiant AgentsBy Andre Norton

“A tiny sound–perhaps the scrape of a boot on a ladder. Travis edged back into a compartment. A flash of light momentarily lighted the corridor; the approaching figure was using an electric torch. Travis drew his knife with one hand, reversed it so he could use the heavy hilt as a silencer. The other was hurrying now, on his way to investigate the burned-out engine cabin. Travis could hear the rasp of his fast breathing. Now!”

Alien technology scavenged by U.S. and Russian scientists has started a race to colonize planets outside our solar system, but the U.S. scientists are losing the race.

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postheadericon The Girl in the Golden Atom

The Girl in the Golden AtomBy Ray Cummings

This novel is a classic work of science fiction, and it was one of the first to explore the world of the atom.

The Girl in the Golden Atom is the story of a young chemist who finds a concealed atomic world within his mother’s wedding ring. Under a powerful microscope, he sees within the ring a beautiful young woman sitting in front of a cave. Captivated by her, he uses a method he discovered to shrink himself and does so to join her in her world.

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postheadericon The Time Machine

The Time MachineBy H.G. Wells

“The Time Machine”, H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction story, is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively.

The Time Traveller, a scientist and inventor, developed a time machine and travels to the year A.D. 802,701 in the future. He finds a peaceful race, the Eloi, who are unimaginative and incurious about the world.

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postheadericon The Time Traders

The Time TradersBy Andre Norton

American scientists are investigating the fact that Russian scientists have discovered how to transport themselves back in time to learn long-forgotten secrets of the past. That is why young Ross Murdock, above average in intelligence but a destructively independent nonconformist, finds himself on a clandestine government project at a secret base in the Arctic.

The very qualities that make him a menace in civilized society are valuable traits in a man who must successfully act the part of a merchant trader of the Beaker people during the Bronze Age.

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postheadericon Triplanetary

TriplanetaryBy Edward Elmer Smith

Triplanetary was first serialized in Amazing Stories in 1934 and it later on formed the first of the Lensman series, where it set the stage for what is one of the greatest space-opera sagas ever written.

This original publication brings us to a distant planet inhabited by a highly developed aquatic race called the Nevians. They have managed to harness the atomic power of iron and have an enormous need for the metal to generate energy, but their planet has virtually no iron reserves.

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