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 Book Club celebrates 1st anniversary
Lewisboro Ledger, September 30th

There will be spirited and friendly discussion of selected books and other science books, as well as movies. The selected books for discussion are The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. No admission or ...Read more

Maybe the Cutest Science Fiction Book Ever
io9, September 28th

In 1931, Czech author Josef Hais Týnecký and illustrator O. Stáfl published the children's novel The Moon and Beyond. It's the story of a group of beetles who take a tour of the planets of the solar system. I can't really say much about the plot, my...Read more

Book Giveaway – Win Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's ...
Flickering Myth (blog), September 27th

sci-fi chronicles To celebrate the release of Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction – which is released here in the UK on October 13th – we've got a copy of the book to give away courtesy of the lovely people at...Read more

Sci-fi novel chosen as common book
Eastfieldnews, September 26th

The committee has planned events tied to the book throughout the year. This month, there was a screening of the movie “Gravity,” which was inspired by the book, and lectures by science fiction author Eric Flint. Dr. Lars Krutak, a Smithsonian...Read more

The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books
io9, September 25th

It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy...Read more

Science fiction author donates book royalties to charity
Borehamwood Times, September 25th

A science fiction author will donate all the royalties from his book to charity. Author Steven Pemberton, of Station Road, Borehamwood, is to make a donation to charity after his book has been selected to be part of a series of novels. The 44-year-old...Read more

The best science fiction novels in September – review roundup
The Guardian, September 25th

A substantial rewrite of his 2008 novel of the same name, Chris Beckett's Marcher (NewCon Press, £11.99) might be the first science-fiction novel to feature an immigration officer as its central character. Charles Bowen is a specialist in the...Read more

Cloonan, Belanger Blend Sci-fi, Horror In "Southern Cross"
Comic Book Resources, September 24th

Inspired by the works of Agatha Christie, "Southern Cross" blends science fiction, horror and mystery, creating an intriguing miniseries hitting stores this winter. ... Becky Cloonan: Andy has been working on designs for this book for a really long time...Read more