What are the best classic science fiction novels published from 1960 to 1969?

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    #1Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land is a book by Robert Heinlein that tells the story of Valentine Smith. He is raised by Martians and as he arrived on Earth to live as a human the whole world will change because of him.

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    Debra Vasquez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "After reading this novel I understand why it is considered one of the best classic science fiction novels of the 1960's. It touches on the human spirit and definitely gives one an alternate view of life in general, especially religion, cults and sex. I feel this is more of an adult book than a children's book due to the mature story lines. "
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    #2The Stainless Steel Rat

    The Stainless Steel Rat

    The Stainless Steel Rat is a science fiction book series written by Harry Harrison. First published in 1957 in the Astounding magazine, it follows the adventure of James Bolivar, a conman, thief, and criminal mastermind.

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    José Hurtado
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is too often overlooked but it's one of the best science fictions books I've read. I won't spoil anything but it is a must read for any serious sci-fi fan. It's not dated at all either, seems very modern."
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    #3The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.

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    Carl Murray
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Very beautiful story which deals with gender issue, political and environmental issue, betrayal, love, heart breaking concept "
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    #4A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange is a standalone 1963 classic science fiction book written by Anthony Burgess which centers on 15-year-old Alex McDowell who spread violence, but then he came back in the reality and was rejected by his parents. 

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    Arthur Andrews
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange is a novel about a dystopian future where droogs drink a lot of milk and wig out on drugs and beat people up and other terrible things. It is not, I repeat NOT, journalism. The "ultra-violence" in this book is meant to be a parable and a warning about our society. What it might become. Not what is actually happening, everywhere, all the time. OMG, I think I'm going to cry. Maybe I'll read A Clockwork Orange to get my mind off things. :-("
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    #5Lord of Light

    Lord of Light

    Lord of Light is a science fantasy novel written by Roger Zelazny. It won the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Novel and was also nominated for the 1968 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Lord of Light was originally published in 1968.

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    Mary Martinez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I've honestly never been a major fan of science fiction but I figured I would broaden my horizons. This novel was really interesting!"
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    #6This Immortal

    This Immortal

    This Immortal is a science fiction novel by American author Roger Zelazny. On its original publication, the novel was published in two parts in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1965 and won the 1966 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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    George Arnold
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is an award winning science fiction novel, so I would say that you could call it a classic if you really feel like it. I do not believe this was published during the 1960's though. I'm seeing that it came out in the 1980's if I'm not mistaken. Not a bad read!"
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    #7The Man in the High Castle

    The Man in the High Castle

    The Man in the High Castle is an alternate history novel written by Philip K. Dick. It first appeared in print in October 1962. The novel was adapted as a TV series produced by Amazon Studios and premiered in January 2015.

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    Jacqueline Castillo
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The story is more about chasing a spiritual, zen-like concept where everything is related to a Feng Shui existential well-being.It is truly a book only the critic could dare love. Not a best classic science fiction novel."
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    #8Ubik

    Ubik

    This is the Spanish version of the popular science fiction novel written by Phillip K. Dick. The book is set in the Moon, which has been already colonized by humanity, and where a product named 'Ubik' has miraculous powers. This product is nothing but a metaphor of God, as it is everywhere and has supernatural powers. 

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    Kathryn Guerrero
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book was okay for a weekend read while on vacation but it isn't a book I would have picked for myself. I got it from a book exchange while on the road and thought I would try something different. It was decent but nothing surprising."
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    #9Glory Road

    Glory Road

    Glory Road is a book by Robert Heinlein that tells the story of Gordon. He saw an ad in the newspaper and it seems like it completely defines him, so he grabbed the opportunity and applied for the ad.

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    Henry Reynolds
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein is about a man named E.C. "Scar" Gordon recovering from combat in Southeast Asia. It was published in 1963 and it a popular science fantasy novel. It's an interesting story to read and great for those who enjoy military style books."
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    #10Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes is a fictional horror novel written by Ray Bradbury and was published in 1962. This book tells the story of two 13-year old boys and their unforgettable, horrifying experience with a traveling carnival.

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    Johnny Ruiz
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Something Wicked This Way Comes is a classic horror tale telling the story of two teenage boys and their horrible experience with a travelling carnival. This is one of my all time favorite horror novel and I have read it many times. If you're looking for a well written and executed horror tale, this is the book for you."

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Best What are the best classic science fiction novels published from 1960 to 1969
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Stranger in a Strange LandBooks 24 Paid
2The Stainless Steel RatBooks 21 Paid
3The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)Books 20 Paid
4A Clockwork OrangeBooks 18 Paid
5Lord of LightBooks 17 Paid
6This ImmortalBooks 15 Paid
7The Man in the High CastleBooks 15 Paid
8Ubik Books 13 Paid
9Glory RoadBooks 12 Paid
10Something Wicked This Way ComesBooks 11 Paid
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