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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Mac's Books Reviewed: Extra Edition For Old-School Sci-Fi Future Quake
Bleeding Cool News, March 5th

FQ1 Timing can be everything, and unfortunately FutureQuake No. 26 was not out early enough to be featured in my debut column last week, but now it is available (as of March 1st) I thought I'd give this sci-fi anthology a thumb through and see what was...Read more

Bryan Singer to make film of Robert Heinlein's 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'
GeekWire, March 5th

Heinlein's 1966 book is about a lunar colony's revolt from Earth, and was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1966 and won the Hugo Award for best sci-fi novel in 1967. Two other previous attempts have failed to adapt Heinlein's book to film, so hopefully...Read more

Sci-Fi-inspired Art on Exhibit
Fine Books & Collections Magazine (blog), March 5th

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, opened today what looks like a very cool exhibit of avant-garde art inspired by science fiction, the 'Space Race,' and Cold War-era technology. Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and ...Read more

Video Games As Vintage Sci-Fi Books
Kotaku Australia, March 5th

Artist Joshua Ketchen has designed a series called Arcade Adventures, imagining video games as covers of vintage sci-fi books with in a retro-futuristic style. Here's Resident Evil, Bioshock, Portal, Mega Man, Star Fox, Metroid, Earthbound and Pikmin...Read more

Library: Book discussions designed for fans of science fiction
Fayetteville Observer, February 27th

For fans of science fiction, the library is offering a new program, Let's Talk About It: Imagining the Future. Discussions about science-fiction books will give participants the opportunity to reflect on "scientific" predictions, some of which are...Read more

Self-published sci-fi debut kickstarts on to Kitschies shortlist
The Guardian, February 13th

Becky Chambers, who raised money on Kickstarter to write and self-publish her first novel, has been shortlisted for an award celebrating the year's “most progressive, intelligent and entertaining” science fiction. One of eight self-published novels...Read more

Book Review: The Martian's Hard Sci-fi Is Also Hard Economics
MarketMinder, February 11th

People conflate science fiction with fantasy all the time. Fantasy is magic, wizards, dragons. Stuff human knowledge has proven false. Sci-fi is “speculative fiction”—imaginative thinking about what the world could be like given what we know or can...Read more

10 Fantasy And Science Fiction Books With Protagonists Of Color
Bustle, February 11th

I've loved fantasy and science fiction novels ever since I picked up A Wrinkle in Time in elementary school. I was making the leap from picture books to chapter books, and was pleased to find out that chapter books weren't stuck by the boring...Read more