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 Encounters: The buzz about John Scalzi
USA TODAY, April 23rd

Here's a little background about the author (courtesy of Tor Books): John Scalzi is "one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debut, Old Man's War, won him science-fiction's John W...Read more

'The Jungle Book' Screenwriter to Adapt YA Sci-Fi Novel 'Seeker'
Screen Rant, April 23rd

With The Hunger Games taking the genre lead after the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises came to a close, just about every major studio is throwing YA sci-fi and fantasy adaptations at the wall in the hope that something will stick. There have been...Read more

Germantown student working on science fiction trilogy
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online, April 23rd

Eighth-grader Adjeoda Tekpor of Germantown likes to read science fiction books— he also likes to write them. His first book, “The Chronicles of Stranger,” in 2011, was about an everyday boy named Stranger who is struck by lightning and develops...Read more

Doug Liman in Talks to Helm Sci-Fi Children's Book Adaptation 'Railhead'
AceShowbiz, April 22nd

Doug Liman is adding another potential project to his plate. The Hollywood Reporter learns that the "Mr and Mrs Smith" helmer is courted to direct an adaptation of upcoming sci-fi children's book called "Railhead" for Warner Bros. Set in a futuristic...Read more

Science fiction needs to reflect that the future is queer
The Guardian, April 11th

Science fiction is torn between its higher mission to explore the future, and its lower function as mass entertainment. Deep Space Nine may be the gayest Star Trek, but in common with most of sci-fi's major franchises, it still keeps homosexuality and...Read more

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Picks for the Realist Reader
Paste Magazine, April 9th

Perhaps no genres are as underrepresented in book clubs as science fiction and fantasy. For years, my suggestions that we read a time travel or magically-tinged book were met with groans at gatherings. But though they're no doubt a stretch for those...Read more

Science fiction and fantasy books
SFGate, April 4th

The Martian. By Andy Weir. (Crown; 369 pages; $24). It's hard to tell whether Andy Weir's "The Martian" benefits from the close proximity between its release and that of best picture Oscar nominee "Gravity." Has the film whetted appetites for another ...Read more

Vegfest, sci-fi book exchange, nature walk | Weekend Preview
The Seattle Times, March 27th

Activities for the weekend of March 28-30, 2014, include Seattle Vegfest, Science Fiction and Fantasy book exchange and an Arboretum Walk. Films opening include “Noah” and “Cesar Chavez.” ...Read more