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 and fantasy books, Dec. 21
SFGate, December 17th

Prophecies, Libels & Dreams: Seven Stories. By Ysabeau S. Wilce. (Small Beer Press; 246 pages; $16 paperback). Ysabeau S. Wilce, author of the young-adult novels “Flora Segunda,” “Flora's Dare” and “Flora's Fury,” writes like no one else. Her approach...Read more

Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup
NPR (blog), December 17th

It seems we have a new case of life following art. Over two decades ago, in his seminal novel Snow Crash, science fiction author Neal Stephenson imagined a virtual world he called a "metaverse," a collective virtual reality that brought its users...Read more

What's The Most Shocking Moment In Any Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book?
io9, December 12th

Science fiction and fantasy books are full of twists and events that make you throw the book across the room... then run to retrieve it, so you can know what happens next. What's the most shocking scene you've ever read? Please include a book cover...Read more

Book Review: 'The Message,' Science-Fiction by Jeff Lefler
seattlepi.com (blog), December 12th

work to make it more entertaining and move at a better pace. In all, I found The Message to be very interesting. Its premise grabbed my curiosity and did not let go until the end. I am sure all Sci-Fi lovers and alien seekers will find it a book...Read more

Christmas books for science fiction and fantasy fans
Sydney Morning Herald, December 12th

There are some excellent coffee table books across the genres this Christmas. Harry Potter fans will revel in Jody Revenson's Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (Titan, $49.99), subtitled "The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films". It brings...Read more

The best science fiction right now is happening in comics
The Verge, December 9th

It's also why comic book sci-fi continues to be so great: without the restraints of a budget or technology, creators are free to create whatever they like. (Sci-fi novels can be great too, but they don't have that same visual punch that comes from...Read more

Best science fiction books of 2014
The Guardian, December 5th

Dave Hutchinson's Europe in Autumn (Solaris) is set in a future Europe balkanised into a tessellation of new mini-states – this year's Scottish and Catalonian independence referendums made the book seem especially timely. It's one of the best novels I...Read more

The five best science fiction/fantasy books of 2014
Washington Post, November 20th

You've probably never rooted for giant lobsters before, but when science fiction meets ethnography in “A Darkling Sea,” you will. This witty, erudite novel chronicles the expedition of a scientific team studying lobsterlike inhabitants in the icy seas...Read more