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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The best books for the science fiction fan
Chicago Tribune, November 26th

Fantasy and science fiction books can be hazardous terrain during gift-giving season, especially when those who don't read them try to find gifts for those who do. Everyone recognizes the wan half-smile that results when, say, someone who grew up...Read more

Drafted Sci-Fi Comic Book Movie In The Works, November 25th

Benderspink Productions has procured a deal to develop Mark Powers' comic series, Drafted into a full length motion picture, Deadline reports. The critically acclaimed sci-fi epic revolves around Earth's first contact with aliens who arrive to warn...Read more

Ten Essential Science-Fiction/Fantasy Books by Colorado Authors
Westword (blog), November 24th

From such veterans as Connie Willis and Ed Bryant to newcomers Molly Tanzer and Rob Ziegler to Carrie Vaughn and Warren Hammond, the focus of Westword's current cover story, Colorado's science-fiction/fantasy writers are as wide-ranging as the genres ...Read more

Cixin Liu's 'The Three-Body Problem' a compelling sci-fi journey by way of China
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 21st

If you delight in science fiction that delivers the shock and thrill of something strange, Cixin Liu's"The Three-Body Problem" is your novel this year. It combines fascinating extrapolations from astronomy and physics with a compelling first-contact...Read more

The five best science fiction/fantasy books of 2014
Washington Post, November 20th

You've probably never rooted for giant lobsters before, but when science fiction meets ethnography in “A Darkling Sea,” you will. This witty, erudite novel chronicles the expedition of a scientific team studying lobsterlike inhabitants in the icy seas...Read more

Sci-fi Icon Ursula K. LeGuin Denounces 'Profit' at National Book Awards
Reason (blog), November 20th

At the National Book Awards yesterday evening, LeGuin received an award for her distinguished contributions to American letters. About time! The plain fact is that so-called literary fiction has devolved into an etiolated academic enterprise while the...Read more

Christians in space: Michel Faber's science-fiction “last book”
New Statesman, November 13th

In an endnote, Faber writes of his admiration for the Marvel comics of the 1960s and 1970s and one of the pleasures of this book is sensing the echoes of other science-fiction worlds. In Alien, however, Ripley's ballpoint pens didn't explode during her ...Read more

Huron science fiction author's book is free
Sandusky Register, October 30th

And I'm not talking about some self-published tome. I'm talking about an established, respected writer — Huron native Jeffrey Carver. He's published more than 15 books. You can read about him on Wikipedia, or check out the entry about him on the...Read more