Now this is a truly GREAT find. Save the science fiction is a project by Singularity & Company. I found several posts relating to the mission of this awesome enterprise (Ha! pun intended, uh, Star Trek, get it?). These entrepreneurial hot shots have one-upped the publishing world with the idea of saving all the Science Fiction they can find. Ars Technica says even to 1,000 mile treks just to scan a one book that was unavailable anywhere else.
We go out of our way to find the best the internet has to offer and these guys (i.e. all sorts of people irrespective of gender) have worked themselves to the bone to try and save a truly last legacy of some of these books.
You got to love a place called DUMBO, a small Brooklyn neighborhood next to the water, nestled under the Manhattan Bridge. And their store is jam packed with one of a kind sci-fi.
The goal, of course, is to find truly forgotten books — they want to bounce between out-of-print landmarks of the genre, pulpy so-bad-it’s-good finds, and incredible unknowns they come across.
It starts by judging the book literally by its cover, checking out the publisher, year, and author to get a vibe for it. Jack Bechdolt’s Carrying the Torch, the second e-book to be offered by Singularity & Co., was one of the early grab bag finds, and it’s a post-apocalyptic future history of “a western civilization after its descent into a new Dark Age.” (thanks: verge)
I joined ! For $30 you get 12 editions throughout the year, ebook, of course. You can get really involved here. Be passionate about what you read. Try the Archive, or SFgateway for more or even the Google ebook preservation of pre-copy-right books that have been scanned.