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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The genre debate: Science fiction travels farther than literary fiction
The Guardian, April 18th

As a writer of science fiction and fantasy, and on behalf of all the variations and sub-genres such as urban fantasy, alternate history and steampunk which collectively make up "speculative fiction", I'd argue that genre fiction is different from...Read more

The Burning Dark: Talking With Sci-Fi Author Adam Christopher
Bleeding Cool News, April 17th

His novels for Angry Robot; Empire State, Age Atomic, Seven Wonders and Hangwire have all met with huge success and now he's stepping across to Titan Books for a trilogy. The Burning Dark opens with Captain Abraham Cleveland accepting a last, simple ...Read more

Science fiction needs to reflect that the future is queer
The Guardian, April 11th

Science fiction is torn between its higher mission to explore the future, and its lower function as mass entertainment. Deep Space Nine may be the gayest Star Trek, but in common with most of sci-fi's major franchises, it still keeps homosexuality and...Read more

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Picks for the Realist Reader
Paste Magazine, April 9th

Perhaps no genres are as underrepresented in book clubs as science fiction and fantasy. For years, my suggestions that we read a time travel or magically-tinged book were met with groans at gatherings. But though they're no doubt a stretch for those...Read more

Science fiction and fantasy books
SFGate, April 4th

The Martian. By Andy Weir. (Crown; 369 pages; $24). It's hard to tell whether Andy Weir's "The Martian" benefits from the close proximity between its release and that of best picture Oscar nominee "Gravity." Has the film whetted appetites for another ...Read more

Vegfest, sci-fi book exchange, nature walk | Weekend Preview
The Seattle Times, March 27th

Activities for the weekend of March 28-30, 2014, include Seattle Vegfest, Science Fiction and Fantasy book exchange and an Arboretum Walk. Films opening include “Noah” and “Cesar Chavez.” ...Read more

Adventure Time, a sci-fi book about insomnia, and not another emo revival
A.V. Club Denver/Boulder, March 21st

I've been obsessed with insomnia stories—specifically science fiction that speculates what happens when humans are subjected to extreme degrees of sleep deprivation—since I was a teenager. It was then that I first read J. G. Ballard's 1957 short...Read more

The cheesy sci-fi Animorphs books heightened the strangeness of adolescence
A.V. Club Austin, March 20th

The Internet is choked with nostalgia for the youth-oriented entertainments of the not-too-distant past: Tumblr blogs regurgitating images of half-forgotten toys; YouTube compilations of long-lost TV-show intros; countless blogs playing “Remember when?...Read more