Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

Transreal Fiction

My twitter handle is @transrealshop should you wish to follow me for other news, etc.
Recent (2021) Google Street View (the restaurant next door is now a bubble tea cafe/restaurant)


Transreal Fiction is closed on Sundays & Mondays.

Transreal Fiction is a shop dedicated to selling science fiction, fantasy & related books, together with a limited selection of other merchandise.But really, it’s about books. Transreal Fiction opened in April 1997 in Cowgatehead and moved to it’s present location nearby in June 2011. The owner, Mike Calder, first sold sf & f books many years ago and has worked in the business either part- or full-time since. For years he also had a respectable job as well, but that’s another story…

The shop is named after the term coined by Rudy Rucker to describe his fiction and I thought it an apt name for a shop specialising in speculative fiction. And, in case you’re wondering, yes, Rudy Rucker was happy to allow me to use of the term as a name for my shop.


  1. Hiya Mike

    I spent a day last week looking at a collection. If you are interested have a look and make an offer.

    haven’t spoken in a long time – I haven’t been in Edinburgh for a long, long while. Glad to see the shop still thriving.

    drop me a line and a mail address for me to send the spreadsheet for you to look at – or you can ring me at home if you like –

    cheers for now

    edited for privacy 2nd March 2009

    Comment by Kenny Penman | March 2, 2009 | Reply

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