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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Arizona Daily Sun, February 7th

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25 Science Fiction Books Being Adapted Into Movies
Outer Places, February 4th

It's a great time to be a sci-fi fan, as every day it seems more announcement of sci-fi novel adaptations are coming out. Television is becoming a haven for many sci-fi adaptations, but film has just as many exciting sci-fi book projects coming up, if...Read more

Australian Scientists Choose Their Favourite Science Fiction Books
Gizmodo Australia, January 31st

Tales of strange alien worlds, fantastic future technologies and bowls of sentient petunias have long captivated audiences worldwide. But science fiction is more than just fantasy in space; it can educate, inspire and expand our imaginations to...Read more

The Books That Made an Epic New Sci-Fi Novel So Plausible
WIRED, January 28th

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13 Science Fiction Books That Will Make You Question Everything You Thought ...
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This past Sunday, sci-fi lovers everywhere were given something none of us thought could be possible: a new episode of The X-Files. This January marked the highly anticipated return of the '90s cult classic, starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny...Read more

Charlie Jane Anders on 5 books that wonderfully combine sci-fi and fantasy
A.V. Club (blog), January 25th

Was this in your mind when you chose the five books on this list, or while you were mixing science fiction and fantasy in All The Birds In The Sky? Charlie Jane Anders: I was giving a talk about this recently, and at the end of the talk, I said that if...Read more

The best science fiction novels – review roundup
The Guardian, January 15th

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