Vintage Sci Fi: it begins…

vintage-sf-badgeThis month I will be attempting to increase my vintage sci fi reads by taking part in Little Red Reviewer’s Vintage Sci Fi event.  The details are here and LRR’s first post is here.  I’m going to start with Starship Troopers and see what comes after that.

Starting during the month of December and concluding at the end of January there are two awesome sci fi events.  For the month of December I posted a sci fi movie quote each day as part of the 2016 Sci Fi Experience over at Stainless Steel Droppings (this event runs to end of Jan).  As part of Vintage Sci Fi I’m going to post a book cover a day for a Vintage Sci Fi book that I’ve read (some of these will have reviews – some won’t be as recent).  This probably won’t be as easy as it seems as I tend to have less sci fi reads and vintage, well, even less so – so let’s see how I get on.  My first, self induced, challenge of the new year!

To start the ball rolling I thought I’d go with a vintage book published in 1895.  A book that can probably be credited with being one of the earliest to look at time travel and one that I really enjoyed.  The Time Machine by HG Wells – has had a number of reprints – three versions below, the first image is the original first edition, the second is the cover of the illustrated book and the third is one of the more recent reprints.  See what you think (I prefer the illustrated book cover):

“Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.” ( H G Wells)

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16 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: it begins…”

  1. nrlymrtl

    when traveling thru time, make sure to wear a suit and tie!

    I think you will find Starship Troopers interesting – tho it is very different from the movie.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Absolutely, and behave in a gentlemanly fashion of course!
      I’ve heard that about Starship Troopers – I hope it will be good.
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    I have The Time Machine by H G Wells on my Classics Club list; I really must get round to reading it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think it’s great – obviously the writing is very different to what we’re used to now but I like it and it’s perfect for your list.
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Actually, I never thought – but if you were to include the Time Machine in your January reading – you would be able to include a book for Vintage Sci Fi, also it would count for the 2016 Sci fi Experienced over at Stainless Steel Droppings and you would eliminate a book from your classics – three birds with one stone. Win/win/win!

      • jessicabookworm

        I like your thinking. We will have to see when I finish David Copperfield 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        I hope you enjoy David Copperfield – it’s supposed to be a great read although not one that I’ve got round to yet.
        Lynn 😀

  3. Steph P. Bianchini

    Hello Lynn, happy new year! I loved Starship Troopers, Heinlein at his best.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hi, Happy New Year to you too. Good to know – I understand I’ve heard good things about it. Nice to hear you enjoyed it – makes me feel very positive.
      Lynn 😀

  4. proxyfish

    I must read H G Wells. I think vintage sci fi month will lead to a great increase in the TBR pile.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think it will too! You’ve already read such a lot of sci fi last year though. I’ve totally slacked off and need to get to grips.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Carl V. Anderson

    Invisible Man is the only wells I can recall reading. I think the oldest science fiction book I’ve read was Twenty Thousand Leagues under the sea.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m not sure what the earliest book I’ve read is at the moment – mainly because I have a couple of choices that I’m not sure of whether or not they fall into sci fi or not! We’ll see. I have read the Invisible Man – many years ago. 20,000 Leagues I can’t remember reading so I can’t add it to my list. I may have read it but if I did the memory has evaporated. Not sure I will have 31 or not.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Wendleberry

    I looooove that first edition cover. I want to run my hands over it and feel it.

    This is the cover i own, and it’s highly uninspiring…

    Very excellent read, though!

    • Wendleberry

      Did that image not work? It’s this

      While googling, i also found and fell in love with this cover!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Imagine owning a first editiion Wells – wow – I’d be scared to even look at that let alone crack open the pages!
      Lynn 😀

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