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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Three Science Fiction Escapes for Your Snow Day
Businessweek, January 27th

The best entertainment for a snow day is science fiction, and it just so happens that 2014 was an epic year for the genre. Here are ... Weir initially gave away his “hobby” book on his website and then sold an electronic version for $1 on Amazon. It...Read more

5 Sci-fi and Fantasy Books to Read This Month
Geek Smash, January 25th

“Hard” science fiction, if you're not familiar with the term, is on the other end of the sci-fi spectrum from works like Doctor Who or Star Trek, where you can wave your arms and mumble something about “reversing the polarity” and still manage to save...Read more

Book review: YA sci-fi adventure 'An Uncommon Blue' centers on status, happiness
Deseret News, January 23rd

Bruno's life is the best. He is a star athlete, handsome and ready for entrance to medical school in "An Uncommon Blue," in which the color of the light in a person's palms determines his or her status. A handshake changes the course of Bruno's life...Read more

14 shocking sci-fi and comic book movie posters that were banned
Blastr, January 23rd

Living in the United States means having to put up with a lot of cognitive dissonance. For instance, the Bill of Rights allows citizens more freedom than in many European countries. At the same time, the Motion Picture Association of America strictly...Read more

The real science of science fiction
The Guardian (blog), January 21st

A lot of research can go into a book, much of it hidden, or even discarded. Inferior authors will info-dump every little last detail they've discovered; better authors weave their research seamlessly into the story, discarding what doesn't fit...Read more

Library hosting Religion and Mysticism in Sci-Fi book series
Huntington Herald Dispatch, January 18th

HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Public Library will host a five-book literature discussion series titled "Religion and Mysticism in Science Fiction." The series, which begins Sunday, January 25, will be led by Huntington author and teacher, Matthew Wolfe...Read more

Alexandria Native authors first sci-fi book
Alexandria Town Talk, January 17th

During Mitchell's frequent visits he had access to all the science fiction books a boy could ask for. “I didn't realize I was being influenced by all of it, but I was,” he said. The Central Louisiana Native's first novel combines both his enthusiasm...Read more

2014: The year when science fiction and fantasy woke up to diversity
The Guardian (blog), January 2nd

David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks was just one of the literary novels flavoured with sci-fi in 2014. Look at Michel Faber's The Book of Strange New Things, Emily St John Mandel's Station Eleven or Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land – when literary...Read more