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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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

The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books
io9, September 25th

It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy...Read more

15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies
Huffington Post, August 14th

Dr. Michael Shermer, historian of science and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine: "My favorite sci-fi film is the 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still, a Christ allegory in which an alien named Klaatu (who takes the name 'Mr. Carpenter' while...Read more

Best Science-Fiction Books
PopSugar.com, July 25th

And this week, we're showcasing the best sci-fi narratives, with all the traditional elements of the genre: artificial intelligence, travel to remote parts of the universe, futuristic gadgets, wormholes, apocalyptic political systems, and...Read more

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever
io9, July 25th

No book better epitomizes the post-heroic tone of sci-fi than Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As the name indicates, a certain louche bohemianism permeates its pages. This is star-hopping on the cheap, pursued by those aiming not...Read more