It all starts with a sense of amazement.
At some point it hits you, almost magical attraction for books. There may be books particular authors or books on clearly catchy concept or it can be sheer delight hold individual volume with compelling physical appeal. While that happens, what causes it, there is an upwelling of affection and a sudden sense of amazement.
It is important to note that almost all book collectors start as readers. Readers become collectors when they find the books themselves have become an important part of itself. The book has transcended the status of being just a vehicle for passing on the stories of the author’s thoughts and will share with inner beauty and value. Aim and content enhance each other, heightening the unique experience of the book brings to its owner.
By most accounts, the origin of science fiction as a separate genre dates back to 1926 when Hugo Gernsback began to publish what he called “scientific tion” in a new magazine called Amazing Stories. Gernsback said,
“… a sense of amazement comes not from brilliant writing, nor even from brilliant conceptualizing ,. It comes from one opening closed doors in the mind of the reader”
Collect things started to wonder is the best way to keep it bright, vibrant and instantly accessible.
Consumers vs Collectors
Nearly all Science Fiction and Fantasy book collectors start as readers. This is important for the vast numbers of F & SF readers see books consumables. They are happy to read a library copy or paperback reprint and think of the book as simply a medium for visual authoring challenges and deserves no more consideration than that.
Most readers use, and often abuse, books as they please, the dog-ear corners, make notes on the margins, bend the covers back and break the spine. For them, books are as disposable as McDonalds hamburger packaging. They are books consumers.
For such readers things like version of the book or its condition does not matter. They perceive little difference between hardcover first printing paperback reprint. The joy they get from books, one must admit that the real satisfaction comes from content authors only. All other items are trivial.
The Book as an object of beauty and inspiration
For those of us who are not booked consumers, but book collectors, the joy of text is just one of the many delights of the book. Look, feel, very concrete specifics volume lift the book from simple packaging to the object of physical beauty and romance that promotes the thoughts and ideas of its author.
We take care of our books as we did other valuable things. We treat them carefully, store them properly and do our best to protect them from injury. The very act have our books, to be able to take them down on the shelf, turn them over in our hands and take pleasure in their presence, enriches our lives and provides continuing joy.
Most collectors of science fiction books start doing it because they have found something in a genre that is inspiring. Science Fiction stretches the imagination, introduces you to a future of endless possibilities and creates a sense of amazement. Included in the realm of science fiction are also Fantasy books that take you into the world of magic and myth and magic realism books everyday life turns into a supernatural, but still remaining grounded in reality.
Science Gallery can be valuable
There are other reasons to collect the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, economic value among them. As the popularity of science continues to grow at an astonishing rate value and desirability of the first edition and Limited Edition Science Fiction books continues to strengthen as well. The first editions and limited runs ensure supply decreases over time. There is a large growing market for books. A thoroughly collection of the first issue or a certain volume print become increasingly valuable.
Each library books? Collect them because they engage your sense of wonder. Collect them because they are beautiful. Collect them because they are valuable. Most important of all, collect them because you love them.