Science Fiction Resource Page
Book Collecting and Internet Resources
One of my hobbies is collecting Science Fiction 1st editions. As
a small collector I've found that finding both new and used books even in a
city as large as Phoenix are often difficult and time consuming. So if you
are tired of going to Borders, Barnes & Noble, Bookstar, Waldenbooks,
or any of the other big trade bookstores and not finding the science
fiction/fantasy books you want, the world wide web offers both new and used bookstores
that specialize in the science fiction genre. Below are a list of my
favorite websites that I think you would enjoy checking out for both new and used
1st edition hardcovers and paperbacks both in the United States
and Great Britain. Happy hunting!
NEW BOOK AND SF RESOURCES
- The Speculative Fiction Clearing House
If you want a place to start on the Web to find information and links on every aspect
of the genre, from authors to fanzines, this is where you want to go.
- Science Fiction Resource Guide
This is another cool place to go to. This site contains information
on everything from authors, movies, book reviews, writers resources to fandom
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Net
A fine site which contains author maintained web pages, publishers,
literary agents and agnecies, EZines and rags and other general interest links.
- Fandom Domain
This is a websit of interest for fans of sf, fantasy, horror, anime and
gaming links. This seems to be a very up to date website with new links
being added quite regularly.
- SF-Lovers Digest
This website contains the archives for the SF-Lovers Digest (an electronic
fanzine that has been a network tradition for over 10 years). A really cool
place to go to from time to time.
- SFWA Home Page
This is the website of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, founded in 1965.
If you have any aspirations as a writer in the field this is a site you should visit. The site
also includes links to books and bookstores in the SF field.
- Science Fiction Weekly
This site provides a weekly electronic newsletter of SF happenings
in print, in hollywood, and televsion as well as occasional book reviews
and links to games and other cool Sci-Fi stuff.
- The BookWire Science Fiction Booksellers
This website is an index of many Science Fiction Booksellers, both
new and used as well as some other neat resources.
- Amazon Books
Amazon books is one of the largest electronic bookstores on the
web with over one million titles. They are not soley a SF specialty store but
they have a great search engine for locating those titles still in print
but not usually available at your local trade store. A great place to browse.
- The Internet Book Shop
Oh man, manna from heaven! Ever tried to find British first edition
hardcovers? Ever waited more than a year for those British editions to
be published in the U.S.? Frustrated? Well now you don't have to wait.
IBS welcomes you to the world of British publications. If you read some
of the new British Sci-Fi writers like Stephen Baxter, Paul J. McAuley
or other fine British writers such as Holdstock, Priest, Watson, Stableford,
and many others you know how hard 1st editon hardcovers of these
authors are to come by. Some authors like Baxter and McAuley
have never published U.S. hardcovers of any of their books. Now you
can get em' at this site. You can even pre-order releases scheduled
for later in the year. Such a deal! Prices listed are in British pound
sterling. Exhange rates with the U.S. dollar changes quite frequently
but usually hovers around $1.60 - $1.65 per pound. You gotta check
this site out.
- Del Rey Books
A lot of Sci-Fi publishers now have home pages which provide
information on new releases, upcoming releases as well as sample chapters
from some of their books. Del Rey and Tor (below) are two of the larger
Sci-Fi book publishers. Other publishers like Baen and Warner also have home
pages out there
- Tor SF and Fantasy
The best of the big Sci-Fi/Fantasy publishers in my mind. See
- Sprectra Science Fiction Forum
Bantam's webpage which provides sample chapters from their
latest books, interviews with authors and news from the sci-fi world
Aspect is the Warner newsletter featuring new and
- PB Plug
PB Plug is the new online newsletter brought to you by
the Ace and Boulevard imprints of Putnam Berkley Publishing Group.
- Future Fantasy Bookstore
Future Fantasy is a bookstore specializing in Science
Fiction, Fantasy and Mysteries. This website also provides some
other links to Sci-Fi resources.
- Nebula Bookstore: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and More
Here we have Montreal's only specialty SF bookstore on the net.
They issue monthly catalogs and provide some nice links.
- Darkest Heart Books
Another bookstore specializing in horror, science fiction and mystery
literature. They seem to be in the process of reconstructing their home page,
but it looks cool.
- Phantasia Press Inc.
Now to the small presses! There are a few small presses who
specialize in publishing some really high quality writers in very
fine hardcovers. If you are a true sci-fi reader you should support these
small presses. These people are not into publishing to make big bucks, but
for the love of genre in my opinion. Phantasia produces some of the
nicest editions I've ever seen. They are all printed on long-life, acid-free
paper and sewn in reinforced bindings. They have published titles by
authors such as: Orson Scott Card, David Brin, Spider Robinson, C.J.
Cherryh, Philip Jose Farmer, Alan Dean Foster, Harlan Ellison
and others. Many of their titles have gone out of print and are now worth
a considerable amount to the book collector. Take a look at this website!
- Donald M. Grant, Publisher
Donald M. Grant is another small publisher who specializes in
producing books in the fantasy genre. They've been publishing books
for over 45 years. Like Phantasia their forte is the production of
fine editions designed for the book collector. The artwork in their
books is truly outstanding. They have published titles by authors
such as Stephen King, Robert Howard, Roger Zelazny, H.P. Lovecraft,
Fritz Leiber, Peter Straub and many more.
- Broken Mirrors Press
Broken Mirrors Press is another small publisher of
science fiction and fantasy books, specializing
in eccentric and generally uncomercial literary SF.
The editor of Broken Mirrors Press, Bryan Cholfin is also the editor and
publisher of CRANK! a magazine of science fiction, fantasy
and other kinds of imaginative science fiction.
- Century Magazine
Century is a bimonthly magazine, publishing stories
that combine science fiction, fantasy, magic realism,
surrealism and mainstream elements. This webpage
provides excerpts from the magazine.
- NESFA Press
NESFA Press is the publishing arm of the New England
Science Fiction Association, which is one of the oldest SF clubs
around. NESFA has been specializing in publishing out of print
classics by authors such as Cordwainer Smith, Zenna Henderson
and others. They don't have a lot of titles but the one's they have
are special. Definately check this website out.
- Kim and John Betancourt's Home Page
This is one of the coolest looking home pages I've ever seen.
A lot of the pages incorporate Java Script. It's one of the few pages
I've seen with animation. It's worth it just to see the page. Kim
and John Betancourt are authors. John is best known for his
Star Trek novels. They also are the proprietors of the Wildside
- Mark V. Ziesing Books
Last but not least ...... no, Mark isn't new to the small publishing
business, but he's just brand new to the world wide web. Let me say
right off that Mark and his wife Cindy are COOL people! I've never met
them personally, heck I don't even know where Shingletown, CA is, but
I've bought books from them for over a year and they deserve your
support. Mark is another small publisher of fine books by authors
such as Tim Powers, Gene Wolfe, Lucius Shepard, Philip K. Dick,
Bruce Sterling, Thomas M. Disch, Nancy Collins and Brian Stableford
to name but a few. They also issue a cool monthly catalog of new
and collectable used books. As Mark says, "We're funky, we're
funny, we're sort of unusual, we're a bit abnormal, and we're friendly
and trusting." So I say give em' a look.
- The Arkham Archives
A late entry is the Arkham House Archives. Arkham House
Publishers was founded in 1939 by August Derleth and
Dondald Wandrei to publish books by their friend
H.P. Lovecraft who died in 1937. Since then the house has
become one of the finest small publishers of fantasy, horror
and science fiction. This site contains the Arkham
Archives for collectors of their books as well current
books in print and information on upcoming releases. A
"must" page to visit for the serious collector.
USED, RARE AND COLLECTIBLE BOOKS
- Virtual Book Shop
If you collect 1st editions this is where I would start. The Virtual
Book Shop acts as a sort of clearinghouse for a zillion used, and antiquarian
booksellers. They have a very extensive catalog which you can search by
author. Prices vary quite significantly by book and author and you can
get a pretty good idea what the going price is for that special book
you are looking for.
- The Fantasy Collector Homepage
This is a pretty interesting page I have run across recently.
The page is a resource for collectors of fine and limited
fantasy and horror books. This site lists a number
of booksellers who specialize in fantasy and
horror books who are not necessarily on the world wide web.
Many of these booksellers advertise in Locus and
the author of this page has useful comments about his
experiences with these booksellers. A useful webpage for
- Cobblestone Books
This looks like a relatively new entry to the internet. I found them
by ordering a book they had listed through the Virtual Book Shop. They
update their catalog frequently and if you don't see a book you're looking
for be sure to ask, they may have it
- Robert Gavora Fine and Rare Books
Robert Gavora is a recent newcomer to the WWW although he has
been in rare book selling business for many years.
Bob has an excellent collection of rare and collectable
science fiction and fantasy books. Bob issues catalogs from time
to time. Check this new website out.
- L.W. Currey, Inc
L.W. Currey is another bookseller of collectable
modern first editions in science fiction and fantasy. He has
a catalog of nearly 700 items on his
homepage from his stock of books. A nice
collection it is indeed.
- Magpie Bookshop
Magpie is an English antiquarian bookseller in London.
- Tall Tales Homepage
Tall Tales is Mike Kerstetter's out-of-the-home bookseller website
for used, rare and collectable science fiction and fantasy.
Mike puts out a catalog periodically on his homepage
with some very good stuff. Mike's a nice
guy and he has a new baby to boot, so he needs your money. If you
send him some cookies or home baked bread like my friend Charles
does from time to time maybe he'll give ya a break on that $200 copy
of Gene Wolfe's _Castle of the Otter_ you've always wanted.
- Graeme Roberts
Graeme is a good on-line source for used British speculative fiction.
Mike speaks highly of him, so that's good enough for me. Take a look.
- Adder's Choice Bookstore (science fiction, fantasy, Philip K. Dick)
Now this is a pretty interesting bookstore specializing in science
fiction and fantasy, especially titles by Philip K. Dick. They also have
books available in French!
- Basement Full of Books
Another interesting used and collectable bookstore worth taking a look at.
- Michael John Thompson, Antiquarian Bookseller
Michael is a Canadian bookseller of first edition science fiction and
fantasy literature. His catalogs are always interesting.
- Gerry Kleier Books
Another bookseller specializing in mostly sci-fi and fantasy.
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