If you are a lover of all things sci-fi, then this is the post for you, and Oxfam Petergate is your shop! Recently our shop acquired a beautiful collection of vintage sci-fi novels, featuring the likes of H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and E.E. “Doc” Smith.
Arthur C. Clarke
Forbidden Planet lists Arthur C. Clarke’s book “Childhood’s End” as one of the top 10 sci-fi books to read, and was once considered one of the “Big Three” in science fiction writing. Although you may not have read any of his sci-fi novels, you will probably have heard of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, for which Clarke co-wrote the screenplay. An man with an avid interest in space travel and undersea diving, Clarke won awards not only for his writing, but his contribution to increasing the popularity of science in Britain. One of his award wining books, Rendezvous with Rama, is currently in the works to be made into a film, with Morgan Freeman wishing to produce it.
E.E. “Doc” Smith
Sometimes referred to as the father of space opera, our Petergate shop features a selection of books from both Smith’s “Skylark” and “Family d’Alembert” series. An American author and food technician, Smith is believed to have influenced the scientific-military spheres with his writing.
Many have heard of Isaac Asimov, an prolific American writer and scientist who wrote over 500 books, and is the second member of the “Big Three” to feature in our shop alongside Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein. The majority of books in our vintage sci-fi collection were authored by Isaac Asimov, who is credited with creating terms such as “robotics”.
We also feature many other vintage sci-fi books by notable science fiction authors such as Robert Heinlein and general books on science fiction history.
We’d love to know what you think of our sci-fi collection, and whether or not you popped in and purchased one from our collection, so let us know in the comments below, or tweet us at @OxfamPetergate using #LOVEBOOKS.