Need to find some sci-fi style gifts for the holidays, but don’t want to get out and browse the local stores? You can safely shop at home, of course. To help you do that, we’ve collected a few cool ideas that might be just the thing to get for the sci-fi fans in your world.
None of the items listed here are in any way affiliated with us. We don’t get anything for mentioning them, and we don’t endorse them. They just look fun, and may spur your brainstorming as you plan your gift giving.
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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
A favorite of SFF readers, this series of short story anthologies is out just in time for your holiday planning. This collection features stories that address a wide variety of voices, perspectives, and styles, exploring future technology and ancient magic, and the places where they intersect to illuminate what it means to be human. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 explores the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF today.
Floating Wireless LED Light Bulb Desk Lamp
If you’re looking for a lamp that’s a little more unique, check this one out. An optical illusion? Magic? Are we dreaming? None of the above. The patented design of the levitating light bulb uses electromagnetic force, resulting in a free-floating, spinning light bulb, no strings attached.
Star Trek Animated Series on Blu-Ray
The animated Star Trek series originally aired in the early 1970s, and won an Emmy in 1975.
Featuring voice acting from most of the original cast — William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols — children and adults alike enjoyed these shows. This Blu-Ray collection includes audio commentaries, special features, storyboards, and more.
Da Vinci Clock
Based on a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci, the design of this clock utilizes intricately connected weights and gears to accurately measure time. The clock’s speed is controlled by adjusting the weight and balance of the pendulum. And it can be assembled in either a wall mounted or standing configuration.
A Series of Fortunate Events
Like every other species, we humans are here by accident. But it is shocking just how many things―any of which might never have occurred―had to happen in certain ways for any of us to exist. A Series of Fortunate Events by podcaster and biologist Sean B. Carroll tells the story of the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. Drawing inspiration from Monty Python, Kurt Vonnegut, and other great thinkers, and crafted by one of today’s most accomplished science storytellers, A Series of Fortunate Events is an irresistibly entertaining and thought-provoking account of one of the most important but least appreciated facts of life.
The Star Wars Archives 1999-2005
The second volume of Taschen’s ultimate Star Wars book, by film historian Paul Duncan, charts the making of the Prequel Trilogy. Though the films aren’t as beloved as the originals, they still have an important place in filmmaking. In them, George Lucas broke major ground in Hollywood with digital production techniques, conjuring distinctive worlds and creatures in his galaxy far, far away.
Step away from the complex equations and relax with the incredible powers of ellipsoidal rotation! It’s hard to pull your eyes away from the unusual behavior of the Physics Egg as it dances upon its mirrored base, rocking and tilting seemingly at random. Sit back and enjoy the hypnotic spin as you meditate, or if you’re more of a scientist by nature, observe the laws of momentum and electrodynamics in action. It makes for a unique science geek gift and an interesting introduction to the complexity of ellipsoids and angular momentum.
All of these items can be found on Amazon if you’re so inclined.