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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Sci-fi & fantasy by Emily St. John Mandel, Robert Jackson Bennett, Lauren Beukes
Washington Post, September 16th

One by one, members of the Traveling Symphony disappear as the Prophet pursues them through the desolate countryside, mimicking the narrative in “Dr. Eleven,” a comic book created by one of Arthur's ex-wives. A gorgeous retelling of Lear unfolds...Read more

Danny Glover Books Starring Role in Sci-Fi Actioner 'Andron - The Black Labyrinth'
Indie Wire (blog), September 15th

“The story of Andron is enough to excite sci-fi fans worldwide but when you add actors like Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover, the meter rises even higher and audiences expect something very special, which is what we plan to deliver,” said producer AMBI ...Read more

6 science-fiction and fantasy movies inspired by the Bible
Reporter-Times, September 15th

The thing about the sheriff is that he can change his physical form on a whim, which gives the film a science-fiction and fantasy feel. The biblical references come in the “Desperation” book, which quotes Salman Rushdi's "Satanic Verses" in the...Read more

What Idea From Science Fiction Would You Most Like To See Become Reality?
Smithsonian, September 15th

Building orbiting space colonies is another staple of sci-fi that would have major effect. Getting some of the ... nature of life in the universe. Shostak is also the author of the book, Confessions of an Alien Hunter, and host of the radio show, Big...Read more

ORR freshman publishes first science fiction book
Sippican Week, September 12th

Mattapoisett — At 14, Hannah Powers' literary aspirations are already well ahead of many would-be novelists. A freshman at Old Rochester Regional High School and Mattapoisett resident, Powers published her first book this summer, and she's considering ...Read more

8 Funny Sci-Fi Books For Whovians
Huffington Post, August 27th

behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled Caversham...Read more

A Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention That Only Charges $10
LA Weekly, August 18th

Edward James Olmos, beloved amongst sci-fi fans for his role as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica, and Caity Lotz, who plays Sara Lance/Black Canary on Arrow, were the marquee guests. Their signing sessions were over by the time I arrived at the ...Read more

Ann Leckie's debut novel wins Hugo science fiction award
The Guardian, August 17th

held on Sunday night at London's ExCel centre, as part of this year's 72nd World Science Fiction convention, the novel – a space opera narrated by the artificial consciousness of a starship – was awarded the highest accolade, making it one of this...Read more