About Alien Territory

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. Sounds like a good idea.

  2. An excellent idea. But you must get more John Wyndham and ACC (is Christopher Priest in your time-scale? Could you expand the scope if it wasn’t?).

    When I first had independence in book selection all I would buy/ask for was SciFi. But then i would only listen to prog-rock. Things have changed.

    I suggest reading to each other if the text gets too challenging (gut-renchingly challenging that is).

    Best of luck and thanks for a nice evening’s browse.

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