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: YA sci-fi adventure 'An Uncommon Blue' centers on status, happiness
Deseret News, January 23rd

Bruno's life is the best. He is a star athlete, handsome and ready for entrance to medical school in "An Uncommon Blue," in which the color of the light in a person's palms determines his or her status. A handshake changes the course of Bruno's life...Read more

Author Marissa Meyer blends sci-fi, fairy tales in companion tale to best ...
Deseret News, January 23rd

In 2008, Meyer had an idea for a series that combined science fiction and fairy tales and decided to write the story for National Novel Writing Month, an event where writers commit to writing 50,000 words of a story during the month of November. She...Read more

14 shocking sci-fi and comic book movie posters that were banned
Blastr, January 23rd

Living in the United States means having to put up with a lot of cognitive dissonance. For instance, the Bill of Rights allows citizens more freedom than in many European countries. At the same time, the Motion Picture Association of America strictly...Read more

The real science of science fiction
The Guardian (blog), January 21st

A lot of research can go into a book, much of it hidden, or even discarded. Inferior authors will info-dump every little last detail they've discovered; better authors weave their research seamlessly into the story, discarding what doesn't fit...Read more

BOOK REVIEW: History and disbelief are in abeyance in this sci-fi fable
BDlive, January 19th

Had Time and Time Again not become so earnest, especially towards the end, you could've said Elton's detractors were missing the point, that this was just escapist satire and not serious science fiction. But Elton aspires to elevate the story beyond...Read more

Library hosting Religion and Mysticism in Sci-Fi book series
Huntington Herald Dispatch, January 18th

HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Public Library will host a five-book literature discussion series titled "Religion and Mysticism in Science Fiction." The series, which begins Sunday, January 25, will be led by Huntington author and teacher, Matthew Wolfe...Read more

Alexandria Native authors first sci-fi book
Alexandria Town Talk, January 17th

During Mitchell's frequent visits he had access to all the science fiction books a boy could ask for. “I didn't realize I was being influenced by all of it, but I was,” he said. The Central Louisiana Native's first novel combines both his enthusiasm...Read more

Book Beat: Jon Batson has new sci-fi novel
News & Observer, December 27th

Jon Batson's latest novel, “Mars Quake” (Midnight Whistler Publishing), is a fast-moving sci-fi mystery that takes readers to Mars and back with its twists and turns. The tale of astronomer Dana Wright's journey to decipher what she thinks is writing...Read more