For book collectors, vintage science fiction titles hold a special appeal. They're not just portals to different worlds — all fiction can do that — but time-traveling excursions into the past to see how the greatest visionaries of the day imagined the future.

Whether it is a leather-bound copy of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea from 1870, a well-thumbed paperback of Philip K. Dick’s 1968 dystopian nightmare Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, or a beautifully preserved copy of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation from 1951, vintage sci fi classics provide both glimpses of the future and windows on the past. The fact that authors like Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451), Frank Herbert (Dune), and Robert Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land) were also amazing writers is simply icing on the cake.


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Sci-Fi's Difficult Genius
The New Yorker, April 24th

Wolfe has published more than twenty-five novels and more than fifty stories, and has won some of science fiction and fantasy's most prestigious awards. But he has rarely, if ever, been considered fully within the larger context of literature. His...Read more

May 2: Local Sci-fi Novelist, 16, to Hold Book Signing
SCVNEWS.com, April 21st

Her books not only focus on science fiction, but also diversity. “In a lot of young adult media, there is not a lot of diversity in sexual orientation,” she said, adding that she tries to add sexual orientation diversity into all of her books. Jadzia...Read more

Science fiction fans will love this fascinating, colorful book
TriCities.com, April 19th

“Deep Space Nine Technical Manual” by Herman Zimmerman, Rick Sternbach and Doug Drexler, 1998, Pocket Books, $24, softbound, 178 pages. Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 9:30 am. Science fiction fans will love this fascinating, colorful book BY LEE ...Read more

The best science fiction novels in April – review roundup
The Guardian, April 10th

The best science fiction novels in April – review roundup. Eric Brown on Claire North's Touch, Paul McAuley's Something Coming Through, Elizabeth Knox's Wake, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Signal to Noise and VE Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic. London at ...Read more

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Send2Press Newswire (press release), April 7th

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Manuscripts for science-fiction book will be displayed in Library
The Daily Titan, April 6th

In a room tucked away on the third floor of the Pollak Library at Cal State Fullerton are rare books, precious scrolls and a collection of the original manuscripts of the enormously popular science-fiction book Dune, written by Frank Herbert. The...Read more

Are the Hugo nominees really the best sci-fi books of the year?
The Guardian (blog), April 6th

From April to September, the best or simply the kookiest sci-fi books of the year are celebrated in a packed schedule of awards. On 4 April alone, the Tiptree award was scooped up by dual winners Jo Walton and Monica Byrne, while the British Science...Read more

Match Book: Smart Romance and Science Fiction
Boston Globe (subscription), March 30th

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