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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Books in the Basin: Midland native returns home for literary festival
Midland Reporter-Telegram, September 22nd

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Box Office: Top 10 Most Successful Sci-Fi Movies Based on Books
Filmonic, September 22nd

With The Maze Runner now in cinemas, this week we'll be looking at the ten highest grossing sci-fi movies based on books. There's Mars, dystopian futures, robots, alien invasions and dinosaurs among other things. I started thinking about doing this for ...Read more

Sci-fi author, Batman scribe Edmond Hamilton to be honored
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com, September 22nd

KINSMAN, Ohio – Batman and Superman comic author and science-fiction writer Edmond Hamilton will be honored Oct. 4 in his hometown with a day's worth of activities ending with a toast at his gravesite. Also honored will be another Kinsman resident, ...Read more

Review: 'Maze Runner' heads for sci-fi greatness, gets lost
SFGate, September 18th

And someone just dropped a girl in the meadow! The science fiction thriller, based on James Dashner's 2007 book, is at its best in the setup, providing an engaging adolescent fantasy mixed with a dash of intrigue and menace. As the mystery unfolds, the...Read more

Danny Glover Books Starring Role in Sci-Fi Actioner 'Andron - The Black Labyrinth'
Indie Wire (blog), September 15th

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ORR freshman publishes first science fiction book
Sippican Week, September 12th

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Geek Smash, September 1st

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