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It’s almost #VintageSciFiMonth time!

Posted on: December 12, 2018

What happens every December?

Christmas? the Solstice?  not enough sunlight?



Every December I get read for Vintage Science Fiction month in January!

I’ve been hosting this little party since 2012, by reading and celebrating science fiction and fantasy that is older than I am – that is, created in 1979 or earlier.  Over the years, the party has grown!  it’s grown so big I can’t host it alone anymore.  Red Star Reviews is my fantastic co-host, and we’ll be posting, tweeting, retweeting, insta-ing, tubing, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

Follow us on twitter at , find us on bookstagram, mention us on YouTube, retweet and share what your friends are doing.  January is a wibbly wobbly timey wimey kind of month.

Here’s some artwork you can use:

I’m expecting January to be a bit busy, what with this and that.   But I still plan on enjoying some vintage reads, and helping our new VintageSciFi-ers find some old treats that they’ve probably never heard of.


With apologies to whatever has happened to the cover of this Kate Wilhelm book, here is my Vintage SciFi Month TBR:

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm was published in 1976. I’ve been looking for a copy of this book for at least 5 years, and  when I found this be-stickered copy at a used bookstore I snapped it up! now I just need some goo-gone and some patience to unveil the original cover art.


The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers was published in 1979 and was the author’s first major novel. I have no idea what this book is about (time travel? beer? saving the world?) , but Tim Powers is a little like being Batman: Always read whatever you want, unless you can read a Tim Powers book, then always read Tim Powers.  Powers is one of those authors that when I see a book of his that I don’t already own, I automatically buy it.


I was in a twitter conversation the other day about Where to Start With Asimov. I’ve always loved his I Robot stories, but I’ve read them to death. But it’s probably been ten years since I’ve read the Robot novels. Here’s to hoping these books aren’t too horribly dated!  The Caves of Steel was published in 1954.


So what’s on your #VintageSciFi list?

24 Responses to "It’s almost #VintageSciFiMonth time!"

I wound up ordering a copy of Nightfall and Other Stories by Asimov.

I’m reading Alec Nevala-Lee’s history of John Campbell’s Astounding now and will run a review of it next month.

I’m going to read and post on another Heinlein. I haven’t decided whether to read another juvenile or one of his other books (which would probably be The Moon is a Harsh Mistress).

Maybe one more.

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I appreciate that almost everyone in that Twitter thread recommended you read I, Robot (except I recommended Foundation) and then you went with something completely unrelated. =)

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Hey, Nightfall got some love too.


Woohoo! I’ve got some books waiting! (Last year I actually found a copy of the Interstellar Patrol book, the poster one! It was strange.)

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You found it with that red cover? that is so cool!!


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I always hope you’ll read one of the oldies I sent, but out of sight, out of mind. 🙂 I’m going to read Clarke’s THE SANDS OF MARS. Also something by Poul Anderson, though not sure what, perhaps THE MAN WHO COUNTS.


i’ve been doing some major, major book culling lately. if it doesn’t look like it’s something i’m going to read in the next 5 years, into the donation box it goes.


I burned myself out a bit with SF after Sci Fi Month so I won’t be reading a lot of SF in January but I definitely want to read Caves of Steel as well even if it’s the only SF book I’ll read.


I’ve started reading Caves of Steel early, and I’m laughing because it’s like a SF cozy mystery.

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Well now I want to read it even more haha


Wow! Is it that time of the year already? This is a great idea and a great chance for me to finally read Fritz Leiber’s 1958 novel ‘The Big Time.’ Good grief, it’s 60 years old now. I wonder how well it has aged?


I’ve just posted about your upcoming Vintage SciFi “not-a-challenge” and linked to this post:) Best wishes!


thank you for posting about this on your blog! i always get a chuckle out of reading 60+ year old books – the concepts are interesting, but the dialog and characterization often has not aged well. like, at all.

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The Wilhelm is great. Loved Caves of Steel as a teenager but when I tried to reread it several years ago I couldn’t get through it. The dialogue is horrible, especially his son who mostly says things like Gee whiz, pop. And the characterization of the wife will make most modern readers cringe.


yes! i’m reading it right now, and omg, the son’s dialog is SO AWFUL. it is going to be a strange review to write, one of those “this book has NOT aged well, but i still got a kick out of it”.


Every January I forget you host this and this year I’m determined to participate!! I just have to sort out which vintage Science Fiction novels I want to read though I have a few on my Classics Club list so perhaps that’s a starting off point!? I should ask though – you know how much I love #theclanchronicles – what series / author would you suggest I seek out based on knowing that? Are there any Classics that might draw my eye or stories I should seek out because I love the Clan as much as I do? I never know where to begin,… though Rama has been calling me for years and I’ve yet to respond! lol

Ooh and I enjoyed #smallangryplanet’s RAL this November and I’m co-hosting the next two in sequence this Jan and Feb!!


You’re co-hosting the next two Chambers RALs? Congrats, that is wonderful news!!!!!!!!

hmm… most of the classic and vintage books I’ve read are stand alones, not a ton in the way of the epic sprawling, character driven Czerneda books. Sprawling, character driven, epic goals, let’s see.
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Florians by Stableford
Waystation by Simak (stand alone, but has that big epic, but quiet feel)
You might like some Joan Vinge, look her up on Amazon, see if anything catches your eye.
Rendezvous with Rama is a fun quick read too!

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I wish I had more of my books unpacked – I had some grandfathers/ grandmothers of SciFi in my library but eh. Life. Sometimes you have to save your books for later to be read. Of your list, *Dune* won’t work – I attempted that RAL with Lisa (@deargeekplace) (my co-host for Chambers RALs) and found myself disagreeable to the story. The rest of the list will be fun to research — thank you!! And, good to know about Rama, I might end up reading that series!!

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Of your list, I enjoyed what was written about “The Florians” the most so I’ve added that to my TBR for #VintageSciFi. I also created a *thread on LT to see if I can get more recs as well. I’ll keep you posted!!


Signing up! I just had a load of Aldiss land in my lap, I wonder if that counts. If only some Tiptree would do that…

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