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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Book Review: 'A Planet for Rent,' Cuban Sci-Fi by Yoss
Blogcritics (blog), July 3rd

One of two novels initiating the English publication of Cuban s-f novels, Yoss' A Planet for Rent (Restless Books) is a dark collection of interlocking stories set on an Earth that has been colonized by capitalistic aliens known as Xenoids. Already ...Read more

15 underappreciated books: sci-fi, fantasy, horror fiction
Den of Geek!, July 3rd

whatever reason, haven't been surrounded by as much fuss and recognition as they deserve. Nominations came in for personal favourites in fiction, non-fiction, children's books and graphic novels, so we've divided them up into a series of features...Read more

Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world
The Guardian, July 3rd

Kyle MacLachlan in director David Lynch's film adaptation of Dune. Photograph: Allstar/UNIVERSAL. Though Dune won the Nebula and Hugo awards, the two most prestigious science fiction prizes, it was not an overnight commercial success. Its fanbase built ...Read more

Get A 'Grip' On This Goofy Noir Sci-Fi Tale
WVAS, July 2nd

Remember how it felt when, as a kid, you opened up a fresh-from-the-library book to discover the illustrations weren't in color? It wasn't a good feeling. Most of us still have a foot planted firmly in childhood when it comes to the ol' rainbow. It...Read more

Sci-fi classic 'Left Hand of Darkness' to be an e-book
Washington Times, July 1st

NEW YORK (AP) - Ursula K. Le Guin's classic science fiction novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” will soon be available as an e-book. Penguin Random House announced Wednesday that the digital edition of the 1969 novel will be on sale July 15. Le Guin, 85 ...Read more

Sci-Fi Writers Find Warmer Climate Amid Cuban Thaw
New York Times, June 26th

While science fiction is growing in popularity in Cuba — Yoss said that more books in this genre are to be published this year than in years past and that attendance at sci-fi workshops and events is growing — it has been hobbled throughout its history...Read more

Black Mirror Is Almost as Smart as a Good Sci-Fi Book
Wired, June 6th

TV sci-fi tends toward mediocrity, and most serious science fiction fans turn to novels for stories that explore complex ideas in new and interesting ways. So it's exciting when a show comes along that's as smart as a good book. Black Mirror, the...Read more

Sci-fi book eyes our thirsty future
U-T San Diego, June 5th

“The Water Knife,” the new science-fiction thriller from Hugo Award winner Paolo Bacigalupi, is set in a not-too-distant future where drought has decimated the American Southwest. Rich folks stay in self-contained, high-rise communities, while the less ...Read more