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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Japanese science fiction award opens entries to aliens and computers
The Guardian, October 24th

“I wanted the award/competition itself to be science fiction. After all, if it can't expand the imagination of the general public, what's the point of having a sci-fi competition?” Hoshi Whyte is particularly hoping that next year's prize will include...Read more

MIT's Science Fiction Society Has 60000 Books And Some Zany Traditions
io9, October 22nd

Reason number 5,000,000,000 to wish you'd gone to MIT... There's a great article in MIT News Magazine about the MIT Science Fiction Society, with its incredibly awesome library. Which started with a wooden crate dragged between dorm rooms in 1949 and ...Read more

A Science-Fiction Classic Still Smolders
The New Yorker, October 22nd

The book's first novella, “Fiat Homo” (“Let there be Man”), is set at a monastery in the Utah desert some six hundred years after a nuclear holocaust known as the Flame Deluge. The war caused a backlash against learning and knowledge, called the ...Read more

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KJZZ, October 22nd

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Three sci-fi books to rattle your October
Washington Post, October 21st

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DNA eyes sci-fi and book adaptations for TV division
Broadcast, October 8th

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