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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Writers to produce book at sci-fi convention
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Investigating Amazon's top 100 Sci Fi & Fantasy books list
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As part of their ongoing 'Books to read in a lifetime' lists, last month Amazon Books released a list of the best 100 science fiction and fantasy books to read, well, in a lifetime. Ranging from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to this year's Uprooted, by...Read more

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Three science fiction and fantasy books we love, November edition
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“Planetfall” (Roc; paperback, $15), by Emma Newman, is an exceptionally engaging novel that explores the complex relationship between mythology and science. In a kind of pilgrimage, a group of people had left Earth to colonize another planet. Ren Ghali ...Read more

The 11 Funniest Science Fiction Books
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