March 4, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
I recognize that selecting today’s project will put me at risk for appearing as though I’m obsessed with sci-fi, but dammit, I love this genre. Sci-Fi is the what happens when smart writers let their imaginations run wild, and are kind enough to bring all of us along for the ride by sharing their visions of the future – for better or worse. Good Sci-Fi is provocative, thought-provoking and makes us question our own reality and how we might shape it. Today’s project knows these virtues well, and is embarking on a space-age adventure to save the Sci-Fi world from certain destruction.
Singularity & Co. is building a library of obscure and unsung Sci-Fi literature that teeters on the brink of obsolescence by way of failing to keep pace with the digital age. As they point out, that would be a death too ironic to bear, given the subject matter, and so they’re turning to Kickstarter to help rescue classic literature from the abyss.
Each month we’ll choose one great classic, obscure or otherwise fascinating sci-fi book that’s no longer in print and not available online, track down the copyright holder and/or author (if they’re still around), acquire or otherwise clear the copyright, and publish the title both online and as an e-book, for little or no cost. Our supporters and followers will help us choose which books will be digitally rescued from copyright and publishing limbo via a monthly poll on our website.
Good. Old. Books. Good old books with visions of the future! Let no dream of flying cars, giant ants and little green men go forgotten! For a pledge, you will be granted access to their growing library of Sci-Fi classics ($10 for a year, $25 for lifetime access). Help save these dreams of tomorrow and never go without a good read again by backing this project before April 2.