On September 27th, 2012, Library of America is set to release a two-volume collection titled: “American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels Of The 1950s.” The nine novels included are “The Big Time” by Fritz Leiber, “The Space Merchants” by Fredrick Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, “More Than Human” by Theodore Sturgeon, “The Long Tomorrow” by Leigh Brackett, “The Shrinking Man” by Richard Matheson, “Double Star” by Robert Heinlein, “The Stars My Destination” by Alfred Bester, “A Case Of Conscience” by James Blish and “Who?” by Algis Budryis. For fans of classic science fiction, the collection will be a must have, presented in leather bound hard backs with a collector’s box case.
But Library of America has upped the anti considerably by releasing, in mid-July, online content to enhance the collection. There are short stories by some of the authors, appreciations by the likes of Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Connie Willis, and Peter Straub, an online companion created by Locus Magazine’s Gary K. Wolfe, who also edited the novel collection and audio and video content, all with social-media interactivity.
The online content is a goldmine of education about the history of science fiction, masters of the trade, and more. And combined with the books willwarm the hearts of both collectors and newer fans wanting to gather more knowledge about the genre’s past.
Books can be preordered at a discount from Library of America here: http://www.loa.org/volume.jsp?RequestID=373
The online companion materials are free to access here: http://www.loa.org/sciencefiction/
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net/blog. Connect With Bryan On Google+