Many of my favorite stories in science fiction and fantasy deal with exploring an alien culture. I really like to see different species learning to communicate with each other, or an alien viewpoint on a more familiar human culture. It often requires the writer to step outside the box and create a point of view that takes into account different physical and mental abilities, a different environment, a different way of thinking.
I’ve always been drawn to these kinds of stories, especially the ones that are told through alien viewpoints, especially non-humanoid aliens. I’ve always liked getting into the point of view of characters that are different from me, and seeing the world through their eyes.
There are a number of SF/F books and stories that deal with these themes, but below are five(ish) older works that were big influences on me, and that explore alien-human communication from different angles.