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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Science-fiction book fair to take place this weekend: Final Frontier
Business Review, March 26th

Science fiction lovers can attend the 4th edition of the Final Frontier book fair this weekend, taking place on March 28 and 29 in Nexus Gamers Club. Publishing houses and science-fiction and fantasy experts will be in attendance to offer discounts up...Read more

Spielberg to Direct Sci-Fi Book Favorite Ready Player One
Paste Magazine, March 25th

Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct Ready Player One, based on the bestselling novel by Ernest Cline. The book mostly takes place in a virtual world and became a cult favorite shortly after its publication in 2011. This is expected to be Spielberg...Read more

1book140: Vote for a Science-Fiction Book to Read in April
The Atlantic, March 24th

Science-Fiction Book to Read in April. Choose the Twitter book club's next read from an array of supernatural thrillers and dystopian futures. ... Below, vote for one of the 10 science-fiction books nominated by #1book140 readers and join the...Read more

The best science-fiction and fantasy books for March
Washington Post, March 24th

Carola Dibbell's fascinating debut, The Only Ones (Two Dollar Radio; paperback, $16.99), details the emotional journey of Inez Fardo, a 19-year-old who has survived terrible trauma and yet still manages to find life wondrous at times. In a time when...Read more

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CNET, March 19th

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Huffington Post, March 14th

We recently asked him to pick his seven favorite sci-fi/horror books, most of which still give us the heebie-jeebies in a really good way. For decades writers have mixed science fiction and horror to create haunting stories. Frankenstein. The Strange...Read more

Sci-Fi Book Review: “Elsewhen”
Universe Today, March 9th

Elsewhen is a story about star-crossed young lovers, a love story for science fiction fans. Conceived when author/actor Gary Bullock was working at a radio astronomy site, Elsewhen follows the path of Elijah ('Lije') and Laura Bess, two child prodigies...Read more

Video Games As Vintage Sci-Fi Books
Kotaku Australia, March 6th

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