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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Apocalypse how? Sci-fi's rich history of post-disaster futures
The Guardian, July 31st

Science-fiction writers have long explored the possibility of new, possibly better worlds, emerging from the apocalypse. Philip K Dick's Dr Bloodmoney follows a post-apocalyptic United States as it rebuilds a society altered by a leap forward in human...Read more

The best recent science fiction – review roundup
The Guardian, July 31st

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The Puppies are taking science fiction's Hugo awards back in time
The Guardian (blog), July 31st

Rightwing infiltrators unhappy at the liberal direction of modern science fiction have gamed the polling for the Hugo awards with a hateful online campaign. If they win, sci-fi loses ... (also known as Theodore Beale). It's the Tea Party of...Read more

Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction
The New Yorker, July 29th

At the previous Nebula Awards, the year before, Delany had won best novel for “Babel-17,” in which an invented language has the power to destroy (his book shared the award with Daniel Keyes's “Flowers for Algernon”), and earlier on that evening in 1968...Read more

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The Spirits Business, July 27th

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Stephen Baxter interview: why science fiction is like therapy
The Guardian, July 25th

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Huffington Post, July 15th

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UCR Today (press release), July 10th

SFTS logo RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program at the University of California, Riverside announces that the annual SFTS book award has been won by Aris Mousoutzanis, lecturer in film and screen studies at the ...Read more