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Digital Library and Archives, University Libraries
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
William J. Heron
Collection of Speculative Fiction
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More About the Collection
The University Libraries' Digital Library and Archives at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University acquired its speculative fiction collection through a combination of purchase and donation from William J. Heron, a private collector from North Carolina. The magazines and reference books (approximately 4900 items) were acquired in 1989 and 1990, with the balance of the collection (approximately 11000 paperback books) acquired in 1994. All currently available items are listed in the University Libraries' online catalog system Addison.
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Types of Materials
- American Magazines (1924-1987)
- Over 4500 issues of 178 titles.
- British and Australian Magazines (1934-1980s)
- Over 380 issues of 24 titles.
- Paperback Books (1941-1987)
- Over 2200 authors and editors represented by approximately 8000 titles. (Sorry! Unprocessed and currently unavailable!)
- Reference Works
- Indexes, histories, art books, dictionaries, bibliographies, etc., in 53 volumes.
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"Life on Mars"
A virtual exhibition of selected highlights from the "Life on Mars" exhibition of classic science fiction covers and interior illustrations from the 1920s-1950s. The exhibition was co-curated by Eric A. Wiedegreen and Eric Ackermann, and was mounted in the Wallace Hall Gallery on the Virginia Tech campus, January 13-February 7, 1997.
The electronic exhibit was prepared by Eric Ackermann, with invaluable assistance from the WebMavens Liz Ackermann and Dan Moran.
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Other Interesting Possibilities....
- IAFA: International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
- Organization for the scholarly study of the fantastic in music, literature, and all other art forms.
- VTSF: Virginia Tech On-Line Speculative Fiction Project
- Scholarly efforts to capture and preserve the text and graphics from works of speculative fiction.
- Science Fiction Resource Guide
- Excellent guide to numerous types of science fiction Internet sites: archives, art, books, conventions, fandom, reviews, zines, and much more.
- ISFDB: Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Continuous effort to catalog works of speculative fiction by linking together various kinds of bibliographic data such as author bibliographies, magazine content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and more. Hosted by the Cushing Library and the Institute for Scientific Computing at Texas A&M University.
- Slawek's Ultimate Guide to Speculative Art on the Internet
- Over 1100 artists and galleries listed, covering science fiction, fantasy, space, and the surreal.
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database
- Indexes more than 62,000 articles, news notes, books and essays on science fiction and fantasy.
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Related Areas of Interest:
- AAAE: Archives of American Aerospace Exploration
- NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- NASM: National Air and Space Museum