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Strange Data, Infinite Possibilities

Generous donations from numerous sci-fi authors made the newest Donor Hall exhibit truly out of this world.
The exhibit will be displayed in the Donor Hall of the Love Library until fall 2013.
The exhibit will be displayed in the Donor Hall of the Love Library until fall 2013.

Sci-Fi Collection in Donor Hall

A timeline depicting the evolution of sci-fi.
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No other literary genre has inspired such limitless creativity as science fiction. It has enabled humankind to dream of the seemingly impossible — to envision a future free of war, hatred, violence, and crime.

Science fiction has allowed us to travel through both inner and outer space, aboard nearly any craft imaginable, and converge with creatures beyond our wildest dreams.

It has also served as a cautionary vehicle, warning humanity of the dangers of technological determinism, nuclear development, global warming and other human-made hazards that threaten planetary apocalypse.

And amazingly, science fiction has endured and evolved faster than we have.

SDSU's extensive Sci-Fi collection

In 1977, San Diego State University English professor Elizabeth Chater began donating her collection of science fiction books to Special Collections in Love Library. Especially strong in golden age and new wave science fiction, the Chater Collection is distinguished by a number of notable first editions, as well as numerous rare pulp titles.

The original holdings are expanded by significant donations from William D. Phillips, Jr., Larry McCaffery, and the extraordinary collection of Edward E. Marsh. Many other generous gifts and acquisitions round out the collection to provide a comprehensive representation of the entire genre.

With nearly 5,000 titles and still growing, as well as several related archival collections, the science fiction holdings in Special Collections have garnered SDSU attention as one of the finest collections in the nation. Join us as we celebrate the fantastic world of science fiction through this one-of-a-kind multimedia exhibit.

The exhibit will remain in Donor Hall through early fall of 2013.

Guest lectures

In addition to the extensive collection of science fiction novels, the exhibit is accompanied by a free spring lecture series that will include the following special guest speakers:

  • Greg Bear - Friday, March 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Larry McCaffery - Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m.
  • Vernor Vinge - Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.


All lectures are in Love Library room 108 directly adjacent to Donor Hall.


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