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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New Line Picks Up Ben Mezrich's Sci-Fi Book Proposal '37th Parallel' (Exclusive)
Hollywood Reporter, April 10th

New Line has pre-emptively picked up The 37th Parallel, a book proposal by one of Hollywood's favorite authors, Ben Mezrich, for a feature adaptation to be produced by Beau Flynn and his FlynnPictureCo. The project is based on the true story of Chuck ...Read more

British Science Fiction awards honour 3D Wasp Factory
The Guardian, April 7th

Farmer is the great grand-daughter of the horror writer Arthur Machen, and says that The Wasp Factory is her favourite book. “It's stayed with me forever and has influenced my work a lot,” she said. “Some of it [her recreation of the Wasp Factory] is...Read more

Manuscripts for science-fiction book will be displayed in Library
The Daily Titan, April 6th

In a room tucked away on the third floor of the Pollak Library at Cal State Fullerton are rare books, precious scrolls and a collection of the original manuscripts of the enormously popular science-fiction book Dune, written by Frank Herbert. The...Read more

Are the Hugo nominees really the best sci-fi books of the year?
The Guardian (blog), April 6th

From April to September, the best or simply the kookiest sci-fi books of the year are celebrated in a packed schedule of awards. On 4 April alone, the Tiptree award was scooped up by dual winners Jo Walton and Monica Byrne, while the British Science...Read more

ULM instructor writes first book in sci-fi trilogy
ULM NewsCenter, April 1st

The science fiction story takes place in New Mexico and Hawaii, but the key moments within the book take place on the ULM campus. For example, Griggs creates a fictional secret lab beneath George T. Walker Hall. In addition, readers can expect to be ...Read more

Match Book: Smart Romance and Science Fiction
Boston Globe (subscription), March 30th

Being a lifelong voracious reader of multiple genres, it is hard for me to limit myself to less than 50 books that I would consider favorites, so I'll just stick with a few of the books I've read (or reread) in the past 3 years. Some I've loved include...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