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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Alameda author writes sci-fi book for youths
Contra Costa Times, August 26th

ALAMEDA -- Alameda author Eric Johnson's first book, "Summer School Zombocalypse," doesn't waste any time living up to its cataclysmic promise with a strange plane crash on the schoolyard, rescuers transformed into zombies and kids dodging dangers ...Read more

Which Science Fiction or Fantasy Book Was So Much Fun You Couldn't Stand It?
io9, August 26th

Some books keep you turning pages with suspense. Others keep the pages flipping with their deep character studies. But then there are those books that are just so much damn fun, you can't do anything but keep reading and laughing out loud. But which ...Read more

ArtsBeat | 'Puppies' Unrewarded at Sci-Fi Book Awards
New York Times (blog), August 24th

This year's Hugo Awards, given to the best in science fiction, turned into a referendum on the genre's politics. Two blocks of conservative authors and fans, calling themselves the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies, have argued that the Hugos have...Read more

Shane Brennan To Adapt Ian McDonald's Sci-Fi Book 'Luna' As TV Series
Deadline, August 17th

the rights to Luna: New Moon, the first book in an upcoming science fiction series by Ian McDonald. Brennan is set to write the adaptation. CBS Studios, where Brennan is under an overall deal, will produce with Shane Brennan Productions. Brennan and ...Read more

Syfy Channel Bringing 4 Awesome Sci-Fi Books to TV Soon
Space.com, August 14th

The Syfy Channel has unveiled the launch dates for TV adaptations of two epic science fiction books and greenlit the development of two other new TV series based on classic sci-fi novels. Two of the shows, "Childhood's End" (based on the acclaimed...Read more

Ten Fantasy/Sci-Fi Books/Series to Feed Your Love of Reading
The Mary Sue, August 13th

If you ever wanted a person with a degree in library science and a love of fantasy, YA, and some science fiction thrown into the mix to give you a list of book recommendations, then do I ever have an article for you! If you have no interest … well...Read more

The 7 Best Book Covers in Classic Science Fiction, According to an Award ...
Outer Places, August 7th

Right or wrong, book covers set the tone for a novel, determining its marketing niche and its target audience. W.H. Chong is all too aware of this, as he has been designing book covers since 1990 and has won several awards for his designs for books in ...Read more

Compelling sci-fi novel 'The Dark Forest' tests human resolve
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 7th

The Trisolarians respond, through human allies, by assigning Wallbreakers to out the Wallfacers' secret strategies. With his macrohistories and dialectics, Cixin Liu's work often reads like Golden Age science fiction; "The Dark Forest" includes direct...Read more