The Science Fiction Outreach Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is leading a co-operative initiative to attract Science Fiction book readers to fannish activities, such as the World Science Fiction Convention, but also to other conventions, gatherings and clubs.
We go to comics conventions and find the book readers!
This year we are excited to go to Planet Comicon in Kansas City, MO (May 20-22, 2016).
Experience from events in London, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, and Seattle has shown that our fans do exist. We want the book readers. We want the potential fans who like books and want to discuss them, and talk about them, and then let them know about the World Science Fiction Convention (we always try and go to a comic convention near that year’s upcoming Worldcon), local conventions, fanzines like File 770, Argentus, and Journey Planet, and other aspects of science fiction fandom.
As people look for a book our team will be there to chat, enthuse, and talk about Worldcons and SFnal activities; we will have bookmarks, flyers, and other things to be used to show people during 1 to 1 conversation what is going on and hopefully ignite a latent interest in our sort of hobbies and activities.
Each year we create bookmarks, and place one in each book. The bookmarks have information on Worldcon, local conventions, and groups that sponsored us either through book drives or financial donations.
Additionally, as we are all book enthusiasts, our other goal is promoting literacy and reading. We feel by giving away free books, it will encourage people to read, and perhaps open up a new genre that they will enjoy and further explore.
Would YOU like to help?
We need books. Lots and lots of books! Science Fiction, fantasy, and related genre books are what we are looking for.
We accept both second hand and new books! Donate your books and they won’t just be recycled, they will be the lure for new fans. They will help promote reading and literacy. They will go to a good new home.
Hardbacks or paperbacks – all are welcome. We ask only that they be in readable condition.
We hold book-drives at various literary science fiction conventions across the nation and throughout the year. We also accept donations mailed in. Please check our Contact Us page for more details.
We appreciate the support that has been shown to us from year to year from fans, organizations, and bookstores, and look forward to support again this year and in the years to come.