In a universe where bookstores are being swallowed up whole, it’s fantastic news when a new one materializes. With a mission to bring both new and out-of-print science fiction books together, Singularity & Co. is poised to launch both an online bookstore and a real-life brick and mortar shop. We think their big ideas are both ambitious and very welcome!
Starting back in the spring with a Kickstarter project called “Save the Sci-Fi,” Singularity & Co. raised capital to get their bookshop off the ground. From their website, here’s their “big idea”:
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 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 or 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.
Stubby the Rocket is the voice and mascot for Tor.com. Stubby the Rocket is all about saving the sci-fi.