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Singularity & Co: Saving Out-of-Print Science Fiction

I just read about a very cool project, Save the Sci-Fi, from an outfit called Singularity & Co. If you love science fiction and mourn the idea of great stories quietly going into that big out-of-print light in the sky, I bet you’ll like it too. They’re asking for readers and science fiction lovers to help them save and reprint one excellent sci-fi title per month, based on user votes. Subscribers submit their suggestions, and/or vote on existing submissions, and one title a month will be reprinted as an e-book.

One of the authors who is most in demand (from looking at the current numbers) is Poul Anderson. Man, he has some great covers (one at left).

I’ll let the Singularity & Co. folks better explain the project in their own words:

Our Big Idea is a simple one, but we think it’s pretty great.

We love books. A lot. And we love sci-fi books, new and old. But mostly old.

And there are a lot of great old sci-fi books out there that are out of print, out of circulation, and, worst of all, not available in any sort of digital format.

Given the subject material, that’s just not right.

So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to open a bookshop, both online and and in real life, in Brooklyn, NY where we live and work. It doesn’t have to make much money. It doesn’t have to make any money at all, since our day jobs cover our rent.

But what it will do is let us choose one great out of print work of classic and/or obscure sci-fi a month, track down the people that hold the copyright (if they are still around), and publish that work online and on all the major digital book platforms for little or no cost. Every month on this website visitors will get to vote on the next great but not so well remembered work we will rescue from the obscurity of the past.

We’re going to take some of the greatest works of imagination of the 20th Century, and bring them into the 21st, and you can help, by subscribing today!

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