Musing a while ago on stories from my childhood that are hard to forget, I came up with this list. What's on yours? 

Old school YA fantasy:

  • Anne McCaffrey’s The Rowan

  • Maggie Furey’s Aurian

  • David Eddings’ The Belgariad

  • Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness (like Harry Potter, this series starts middle grade and ends up YA)

  • Robert Westall’s The Cats of The Seroster (possibly my favourite book ever, but surprisingly hard to find)

  • Richard Adams’ Maia 

  • And if you like a bit of prehistory in your fantasy then I was gripped by Moyra Caldecott’s Guardians of the Tall Stones...

 

Old school ‘hard’ scifi:

  • Octavia Butler’s Dawn

  • Frank Herbert’s Eye

  • Vonda McIntyre’s Dreamsnake

  • Poul Anderson’s The Boat of a Million Years

  • Spider Robinson’s Stardancer

  • Asimov Foundation series