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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Sci-fi cocktail book seeks funding on Kickstarter
The Spirits Business, July 27th

“I was amazed to see half the book was written before I even started. Then I began to scour television and my DVD collection for inspiration. Soon over 100 recipes were done. Friends started asking if they could give me recipes too. The book grew...Read more

Stephen Baxter interview: why science fiction is like therapy
The Guardian, July 24th

Terry had buzzing round in his head a new plot strand for book five, and we talked through that – we didn't do much writing that time,” he recalls. “It was giant trees. He had this vision of trees, five kilometres tall, as tall as Everest, on one of...Read more

Book review: 'Bilwok: Dawn of the Trolls' is an entertaining sci-fi fantasy novel
Deseret News, July 24th

The writing is simple enough that a young child can follow along, and the story is intriguing enough to entertain an adult. There are twists and surprises in the story that will keep all entertained and wishing for more by the end of the book. "Bilwok...Read more

Teenagers take on science fiction worlds in two local series: CNY books and ..., July 24th

Two Central New York writers tackle science fiction through young adult series, while two more skew to young readers through children's books. Kristen Lippert-Martin and Krissy Angello-Mayfield each push their teenage protagonists beyond the usual set...Read more

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Huffington Post, July 15th

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Blink-182 Ex-Pat Tom DeLonge Plots Sci-Fi Book Trilogy With Suzanne Young
Billboard, July 9th

According to a press release, the book takes place in "an unknown world where dreams meet reality and the chasm between the two sometimes disappears." The plot centers on two brothers, Alan and Jonas who are both lucid dreamers. "Alan is in a coma ...Read more

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

This setup owes something to the Mars stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Isaac Asimov's Foundation books, as well as the tales written by Idaho-born food chemist Elmer Edward “Doc” Smith, creator of the popular Lensman space operas of the 1940s and ...Read more

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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