Late last year I discovered the Vintage SciFi Not-A-Challenge and was enchanted. I read a bunch of PKD and Bester, and a Clarke. Now I'm going to do it again! The Little Red Reviewer says:
The What:This January, I'm going to have two goals: to read some Heinlein for the first time in my life, and to read some iron-curtain SF. I have a Strugatsky book and some Lem in mind. I so look forward to this as a fun way to kick off the year!
Anything or anyone who created science fiction, or something speculative fiction-ish that was published (or recorded, or put on TV or the silver screen) before 1979. It can be hard scifi, or not. Have aliens, or not. Fantasy is OK too....
Why? because everything came from somewhere. Your favorite spec fic author was influenced by someone, who was influenced by someone, who was influenced by someone, and so on. Movements and changes in what’s popular, what we wish was popular, or what we’re sick of is a reaction to what came before.