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The "mainstreaming" of fantasy and sci-fi.

It seems like only yesterday that the fantasy genre was reserved for a special few, those who wanted more than what the real world had to offer. It used to be that some people had a negative perception of fantasy literature (especially those who read only "mainstream" literature) as being cheesy, badly written, or cliche.

Sci-Fi Summer Part 2

The summer of 2012 has seen (and will be seeing) more than it's fair share of Science Fiction and Fantasy films.

It's a Sci-Fi Summer!

The summer of 2012 has seen (and will be seeing) more than it's fair share of Science Fiction and Fantasy films. If you can't get your fix through these movies alone, check out what the Westlake Porter Library has to offer in related materials...such as...

So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel

"Humans from H. G. Wells to Albert Einstein to Bill & Ted have been fascinated by time travel-some say drawn to it like moths to a flame. But in order to travel safely and effectively, newbie travelers need to know the dos and don'ts.

The "lost" episode of Dr. Who, Douglas Adams' "Shada" is now available as a novel.

In the 1970s Douglas Adams worked as a writer on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who, while at the same time writing the iconic "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series.

Shada was written by Douglas Adams as the proposed final episode of the 1979-80 season of Dr. Who. However, a strike at the BBC caused the episode to be shelved, even though primary filming had already begun.

Two iconic authors take on "Earth"

Two iconic authors take on "Earth"
Orson Scott card, best known for Ender's Game has published a new book entitled, "Earth Unaware". This book is a "prequel" of sorts to that classic tome that covers the time directly before the Formics (Buggers) arrived in our solar system.

The late Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' reappears on best-sellers list.

Since Ray Bradbury's death on June 5, his most famous work has been steadily increasing in sales. The newest trade paperback edition of Fahrenheit 451, published in January 2012 by Simon & Schuster, has returned to the bestseller list.

The return of pulp science fiction

Are you a fan of the old-school sci-fi pulps? Do you wish there was a place you could find a collection of these stories?
Planet Stories was a popular pulp digest published between 1939 and 1955. Many well-known science fiction writers got their start writing for Planet Stories and other pulp digests, and now the works of some of those authors are being collected and reprinted.
Science fiction legend Robert Silverberg reflects on some of his earliest, least-reprinted tales in a new Planet Stories collection!