Found this on Twitter, and thought it might be of interest to anyone who follows – or occasionally looks in on – this space. The good people at Vintage Sci-Fi Month celebrate January as – are you ready for it? – Vintage Sci-Fi Month. The goal of the month is to read (yes, read – it’s for books, not movies) a science/speculative fiction novel written in any year before you were born. Since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often considered the first science fiction novel – not to mention countless classics by the likes of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, even Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde – no one has an excuse not to participate. Unless they just don’t want to.
I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to finally read Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. I’ve actually been avoiding the acclaimed Amazon series because I would prefer reading the book first. I’m not entirely sure where “alternative history” fits in the realm of speculative fiction, but since the novel won the Hugo Award in 1962, higher authority than myself has classified the book as science fiction.
So take this chance to look on your bookshelf (or browse your Kindle) and pick up that classic you’ve been meaning to get to. Then share on Twitter with #VintageSciFiMonth to see what others are reading.