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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Classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination to finally head to the big screen
Blastr, March 2nd

The novel is considered to be one of the best science fiction stories out there. It was first published as a book in the UK under the title Tiger! Tiger!, based on William Blake's poem “The Tyger,” because the first verse is printed as the first page...Read more

Library: Book discussions designed for fans of science fiction
Fayetteville Observer, February 27th

For fans of science fiction, the library is offering a new program, Let's Talk About It: Imagining the Future. Discussions about science-fiction books will give participants the opportunity to reflect on "scientific" predictions, some of which are...Read more

W.B. Stiles Announces New Science Fiction Book, THE GATHERING
Broadway World, February 26th

The paths of a newspaper reporter and a man with superhuman powers converge as the latter prepares to lead a group of super humans to fight evil in the new science-fiction novel by W.B. Stiles, "The Gathering: Book One of the Project Genesis Series" ...Read more

Jonathan Lethem On 'Lucky Alan,' Sea World And Sci-Fi
Huffington Post, February 26th

Though glad for recent full-throated defenses of sci-fi and fantasy such as Ursula K. Le Guin's National Book Awards speech, he expressed incredulity that genre had not yet been accepted fully: “It just doesn't even make sense to me that anyone's still...Read more

Self-published sci-fi debut kickstarts on to Kitschies shortlist
The Guardian, February 13th

Becky Chambers, who raised money on Kickstarter to write and self-publish her first novel, has been shortlisted for an award celebrating the year's “most progressive, intelligent and entertaining” science fiction. One of eight self-published novels...Read more

Book Review: The Martian's Hard Sci-fi Is Also Hard Economics
MarketMinder, February 11th

People conflate science fiction with fantasy all the time. Fantasy is magic, wizards, dragons. Stuff human knowledge has proven false. Sci-fi is “speculative fiction”—imaginative thinking about what the world could be like given what we know or can...Read more

10 Fantasy And Science Fiction Books With Protagonists Of Color
Bustle, February 11th

I've loved fantasy and science fiction novels ever since I picked up A Wrinkle in Time in elementary school. I was making the leap from picture books to chapter books, and was pleased to find out that chapter books weren't stuck by the boring...Read more

Poway novelist pens sci-fi trilogy
U-T San Diego, February 7th

Q: You mentioned “Lord of the Rings.” What were some of your other favorite fantasy or science fiction books when you were growing up? A: The “Chronicles of Narnia,” and I read a lot of “Little House” books, which weren't fantasy. And Harry Potter, of...Read more