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

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 year's most garlanded science...Read more

The Best Science Fiction Books, According To Real-Life Scientists
io9, August 15th

We've all seen lists of the worst science fiction books and movies, according to scientists — but what are the best? HuffPost Science reached out to 15 great scientists and asked them to name their favorite science fiction stories — and the results...Read more

Book Buzz: Scully drops an excerpt from her sci-fi novel
USA TODAY, August 15th

The book doesn't hit shelves until Oct. 7, but you can read an excerpt on Simon451's Fall 2014 Preview Sampler, which includes upcoming science fiction and fantasy novels like Nicholas Sansbury Smith's Orbs series. The sneak preview is available on ...Read more

World Science Fiction Convention 2014 beams into London
The Guardian, August 15th

The event brings together some of the biggest authors in sci-fi and fantasy, from Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin and Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller's Wife, to 11-time Hugo award winner Connie Willis and British fantasy writer...Read more

15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies
Huffington Post, August 14th

Dr. Michael Shermer, historian of science and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine: "My favorite sci-fi film is the 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still, a Christ allegory in which an alien named Klaatu (who takes the name 'Mr. Carpenter' while...Read more

Book Buzz: George RR Martin on gay characters, sci-fi
USA TODAY, August 12th

When I was 12 or 13, I had teachers take away science fiction books by (Robert A) Heinlein and (Isaac) Asimov and say: 'You're a smart kid, you get good grades. Why are you reading this trash? They rot your mind. You should be reading Silas Marner...Read more

Read an excerpt from Gillian Anderson's debut sci-fi book
CNET, August 12th

Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin pen a sci-fi thriller that Agent Fox Mulder would read. Simon451. While "The X-Files" may be long over, that doesn't mean actress Gillian Anderson is finished exploring the unknown. Gillian and author Jeff Rovin have co...Read more

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever
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