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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Artist inspired by father's book collection of fantasy, sci-fi
Clay Center Dispatch, July 28th

For another week you can view some unusual art work by Catherine Garbarino, the youngest of four children of Mary Helene and Jim Garbarino, currently of Clay Center. Jim is the chief financial officer at Clay County Medical Center. Catherine said she...Read more

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Brampton Guardian, July 28th

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Illinois Wesleyan University, July 16th

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