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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8 Sci-Fi Comic Books That Deserve Movies or TV Shows
Popular Mechanics, May 22nd

Love and Rockets hasn't been an overt science fiction or adventure comic since its early days, but the tales of Maggie the Mechanic could give a great science fiction backdrop to a world of rich characters trying to get by in a world that's sort of a...Read more

Paul Magrs's top 10 sci-fi sagas for teens
The Guardian, May 21st

I can't read the book without thinking of Richard Burton, Julie Covington, the resounding “Ullas… ... When I was in my teens and read the first of this long-running space series I fell in love with the clever fusion of science fiction and fantasy...Read more

Book Review: The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection
Geeks of Doom, May 20th

Have you ever tried to review an anthology? It's a lot harder than you might think! Over six hundred pages from almost forty authors was not just an investment in time but it was also a chance to get to know some new writers and revisit some that I...Read more

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Philly.com, May 19th

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It looks like Simon Pegg won't be starring in a comic book movie any time soon. The actor told the Radio Times that sci-fi, genre, comic book and superhero films are "dumbing down" the industry. Pegg, best known for his...Read more

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Blastr, May 19th

The year 2014 brought one hell of a selection in terms of science fiction, including acclaimed books from old favorites like William Gibson and John Scalzi as well as breakout rocket rides to stardom by Emily St. John Mandel thanks to her beautiful, ...Read more

The best sci-fi and fantasy books for May
Washington Post, May 19th

“Seveneves” will please fans of hard science fiction, but this witty, epic tale is also sure to win over readers new to Stephenson's work. The Gracekeepers (Crown, $25), by Kirsty Logan, is a lyrical debut novel that explores how our truest family is...Read more

Simon Pegg, Star of Star Trek: Into Darkness, Accuses Sci-Fi and Comic Book ...
Crave Online, May 19th

Obviously I'm very much a self-confessed fan of science fiction and genre cinema but part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we've been infantilised by our own taste. Now we're essentially all consuming very childish things – comic...Read more

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Scottish Daily Record, May 14th

The mum of three – runner-up in the 2010 series of TV talent show X Factor – has topped the singles charts twice and enjoyed three top 10 albums. But she admits that she is a workaholic and has begun writing book – a weird sci-fi tale that will shock...Read more