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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John Scalzi, Science Fiction Writer, Signs $3.4 Million Deal for 13 Books
New York Times, May 24th

John Scalzi, a best-selling author of science fiction, has signed a $3.4 million, 10-year deal with the publisher Tor Books that will cover his next 13 books. Mr. Scalzi's works include a series known as the “Old Man's War” and the more recent...Read more

Bits 'n' Pieces: Sci-fi book, promotional milk truck a family affair for author
The Columbian, May 23rd

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Wells, the great-grandson of pioneering science fiction author H.G. Wells, is a lifelong cave explorer and outdoor adventurer. He writes about climate and environmental topics, and volunteers helping people to protect their community and habitat. In...Read more

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Paul Magrs's top 10 sci-fi sagas for teens
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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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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

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