About Alien Territory

January 30, 2010

The Setting: A cozy living room with a cozy red couch and a friendly black and white cat.

The Background: My husband and I love books.  We gradually become enamored of/obsessed with vintage paperbacks, especially science fiction paperbacks.  Our collection grows with each trip to the used book store.  I get the itch to read all of the vintage paperback science fiction in our collection.

The Project: To read all of the vintage paperback science fiction in our personal library in chronological order.  As of today, there are 148 books which fall under this category.

The Rules:

  1. Each book will be read, from beginning to end, no matter how ridiculous it is or how painful the prose.
  2. Books and short stories shall be read in chronological order of first publication of the work.  This will result in collections of short stories being broken up.
  3. Any new vintage paperback science fiction purchased during the course of the project shall be incorporated into the project.
  4. Books included in the project must be 1) paperback, 2) science fiction (or at least apparently so from the cover and front and back blurbs), and 3) vintage.  For our purposes, vintage paperbacks consist of those published before 1980 (more or less) with neat-o cover art.
  5. I will read approximately one book per week, or approximately fifty books per year.


  1. Hello,
    I just stumbled on your site and I think it’s awesome! I too love the old pulp SF. Right now I’m reading my way through book 3 of E.E. Doc Smith’s Skylark series written in the 1920’s and serialized in the pulp mags. If you haven’t read ’em yet they should be right up your alley. The cover art for the old books is really fantastic. I picked them up because of the covers and the blurb on the back is as awesome as it is ridiculous.

    So, do you guys read together or take turns? Do you both read all the books or split ’em up?

    I invite you to check out my SF site: http://www.WorldsWithoutEnd.com. We’re not focused on the classic pulp but we’ve got quite a bit of it including H.G. Wells and we’re adding more all the time. I’ve got a bunch of Jules Verne ready to go in any day now.

    • Hi Dave,

      Glad you like the blog! I have a copy of the Skylark of Space coming up in… a few books now. But I’ve got to get through half the John Carter series first.

      The reading and writing is a one woman show here at Alien Territory. My husband does read some of the books, but the opinions here represent only myself.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. I am loving this blog! Is there any chance of convincing you to email me about coming on the SFFaudio Podcast?


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