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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No apocalypse for sci-fi's Scalzi
U-T San Diego, September 2nd

A: Science fiction and fantasy, particularly these days, is really interested in the end times. You'll have zombie books or books where a biological agent has gone awry and all these horrible things happen and it's an apocalypse. I wanted to write a...Read more

Which Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book Do You Wish Went On Forever?
io9, August 28th

And please mention the title, the author, and why you wished it would just never stop. Thanks! Top image: Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea, art by oceanleaves. The Earthsea books have such a wonderful grasp of magic and adventure, they could go on ten...Read more

8 Funny Sci-Fi Books For Whovians
Huffington Post, August 27th

behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled Caversham...Read more

A $10 Comic-Con
LA Weekly, August 18th

Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention launched the same year that Star Wars hit theaters. The idea of summer blockbuster ... Schwartz expanded on the idea of a get-together for comic book and sci-fi fans. He brought in guests and made...Read more

Ann Leckie's debut novel wins Hugo science fiction award
The Guardian, August 17th

held on Sunday night at London's ExCel centre, as part of this year's 72nd World Science Fiction convention, the novel – a space opera narrated by the artificial consciousness of a starship – was awarded the highest accolade, making it one of this...Read more

15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies
Huffington Post, August 14th

[My favorite sci-fi movie] has got to be the first incarnation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, dating back to 1953." Dr. Chris Stringer, anthropologist at the Natural History Museum in London: "Brazil -- quirky, with humour and horror juxtaposed, and...Read more

George R.R. Martin Talks Sci-Fi, Superfans, and Gay Sex at the Edinburgh ...
The Mary Sue, August 12th

I think I can guess which part of the headline caught your attention. So let's start with this question, asked of George R.R. Martin at the Edinburgh International Book Festival: Why is there no gay sex in A Song of Ice and Fire? For some context, if...Read more

Sales of sci-fi book by HHS grad headed for the stars
Belleville News Democrat, August 6th

Fluency is currently available on Amazon in e-book ($4.99) and paperback ($12.42). Wells, who grew up watching Star Trek and Star Trek the Next Generation on television, said she long wanted to write a science fiction book “about contemporary people ...Read more