SF Bookstores

These are (or were at one time) many physical Science Fiction walk-in specialty stores with regular open hours. They are not general bookstores which carry SF nor sf specialty operations by mail or on the internet. They may also carry allied genres such as mysteries, comics, or games.

This list covers stores which describe themselves as specializing in SF (though they may include other genres as well) and which have a physical store. It deliberately excludes mailorder services such as Chris Drumm Books, Clarksworld Books and F&SF Book Co..

Store City Dates
Adventures in Crime and Space Austin, TX fl mid-90s through late 200xs
Aleph Bookstore Evanston, IL ?? — ??
Alternate Worlds Melbourne, Vic., Australia 1988 —
Andromeda Bookshop Cradley Heath 1971 — ?? (moved to Birmingham, UK)
Andromeda Bookshop Birmingham, UK ?? — late Jan 2002 and Apr 19, 2002 — Aug 26, 2005
The Asimov Bookshop Sydney, NSW, Australia 9 March, 1985 — ??
Bakka Books Toronto 1972 — current (as Bakka Phoenix Books)
Barry R. Levin Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature Santa Monica, CA Jan 1, 1973 — current
Big Cat Books El Cerrito, CA 1977—??
The Black Hole Adelaide, South Australia 1978 — 1986
Bookends Cheapstow, London fl 1974
Books and Music London 1970s
Books of Wonder New York City fl 1981
Borderlands Books San Francisco Nov 3, 1997 — current
A Change of Hobbit Los Angeles 1972 — Feb 1991
Cloak and Rocket Ann Arbor, MI defunct by late 1973
Cold Drake Books Winnipeg
Dangerous Visions LA fl 1981
Dark Carnival Berkeley, CA 1978 — current
Dark They Were and Golden Eyed London <1974 — 1981
Dragon's Lair Adelaide, South Australia
DreamHaven Minneapolis switched to mailorder in 2011
Dymocks SF Store Sydney June 6, 1995 — 2000 (at least)
Electric Adventures Hobart, Tas., Australia ?? — 1995
Ellison Hawker Bookshop Hobart, Tas., Australia ?? — current
Fantastic Planet Perth, Western Australia Aug 21, 2005 — 2012 (renamed Stefen's Books)
Fantasy Archives Manhattan
Fantasy Book Centre London 1960s
Fantasy Centre London — 2009
Farenheit SF & Fantasy Bookshop Melbourne, Vic., Australia ?? — 2004
Fat Cat Books Johnson City, NY 1976 — July 31, 2010
Fat Cat Comics Johnson City, NY Aug 1, 2010 — current
Ferret Fantasy, Ltd Upper Tooring, London fl 1974
Flights of Fantasy Albany, NY ?? — current
Flights of Fantasy Seattle
Forbidden Planet Manhattan ?? — current
Galactic Trading Post Adelaide, South Australia
Galaxy Bookshop Sydney, NSW, Australia 1975 — current
Gaslight Books Canberra, ACT, Australia 1989 — 2014
The Great Escape Louisville, KY fl 1983
Hobbit House Kansas City, MO fl 1974
Horizon Books Seattle
Hourglass Philadelphia founded 1975
The Illustrated Store Portland,OR 1976 — ??
Infinitas Bookshop Sydney, NSW, Australia 1991 — 2012
Interstellar Master Traders Lancaster, UK 1990s?
Known Space Books Adelaide, South Australia 1987 —
Legends Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shop Launceston, Tas., Australia 1994 —
Lois Newman Books Boulder, CO fl 1974
Minotaur Melbourne, Vic., Australia (previously a comics shop) 1984 — current
Merlin's Closet Providence, RI 1979 — ??
Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach, CA 2011 — current
Mysterious Galaxy San Diego, CA 1993 — current
Notions Unlimited Bookshop Melbourne, Vic., Australia Mar 6, 2012 — Aug 20, 2014
Odyssey Bookshop Louisville, KY fl 1983
Of Science & Swords Melbourne, Vic., Australia ?? — 2013
Other Change of Hobbit Berkeley, CA 1997 — ??; 2012 —
Other Worlds West Warwick, RI
Pandemonium Books and Games Cambridge, MA 1989 — current
Phantasia Science Fiction & Mystery Bookshop Sydney, NSW, Australia Oct 9, 1996 — 2000 (at least); switched to mailorder by Feb 2001
Phantasmagoria Books Dulwich, London fl 1974
Poor Richard's Store El Cerrito, CA fl 1974
Pulp Fiction Brisbane, Qld, Australia 1995 — current
Purple Unicorn Books Duluth, MN fl 1976
Sargasso Book Shop Lakewood, CO fl late 60s
Science Fantasy Bookstore Harvard Sq, Cambridge, MA 1977 — 1989
Science Fiction Bookshop Edinburgh
The Science Fiction Shop Manhattan fl 1974-1977
Sentry Box Calgary, AL, Canada
SF&F Book Service Staten Island, NY 60s-90s
Slow Glass Books Melbourne, Vic., Australia 1993 — 2002; has switched back to mailorder
Space Age Books Melbourne, Vic., Australia opened before Apr 1971, closed Dec 1985
The Space-Crime Continuum Northhampton, MA
Space, Time and Crime
The Space Merchants Perth, Western Australia 1984 — ??
Starlite Books St. Paul, MN early 1977 — ??
The Stars Our Destination Chicago, IL 1988 — 2003
Stefen's Books Perth, Western Australia 2012 — current
Stephen's Book Service New York City 50s and 60s
Supernova Books Perth, Western Australia 1985 — 2005 (became Fantastic Planet)
Tales from the White Hart Baltimore 1975 — 1997
The Time Machine Des Moines, IA mid-70s?
Tim's White Dwarf Perth, Western Australia ?? — current
A Touch of Strange Perth, Western Australia 1988 — 2000
Transreal Fiction Edinburgh 1997 — current
Uncle Hugo's Minneapolis 1974 — current
White Dwarf Books Vancouver, BC 1978 — current
Wonderworld Long Beach, CA fl 1974
Zap! Brisbane, Qld, Australia