There is a story that Heinlein, A.E. van Vogt, and L. Ron Hubbard all got together to make a bet on who could create the best fictional religion. Van Vogt created Null-A logic for “The Players of Null A” (the image above) whereas Heinlein wrote “Stranger in a Strange Land” and Hubbard created Dianetics.
Do you have a recommended reading list for early era sci-fi stories? Like, what you think helped define the genre in its infancy? You seem to know so much, and I want to try and maybe become more knowledgeable of geeky literature roots.