The science fiction collection recently donated to the SDSU Library reads like a Who’s Who list of the great writers of sci fi’s golden age: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, H. G. Wells, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, L. Ron Hubbard, and Ray Bradbury, to name a few. The collection contains signed first edition books in mint condition by these and many more notable authors, as well as correspondence, original manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and artwork valued in the neighborhood of $2.5 million.
The individual who donated this extraordinary collection—Escondido resident Edward Marsh—grew up in San Diego and attended San Diego State in 1969. He spent many years amassing a world-class science fiction and pulp fiction collection, to which he added the works and memorabilia of other great thinkers and authors, such as Ian Fleming, George Orwell, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Ernest Hemingway, to his library. His recent donation to the SDSU Library is only the first portion of a larger collection he plans to give to the university.
Materials from the Marsh donation can be viewed in Special Collections (4th Floor Library Addition, Room 4410). The upcoming science fiction exhibit in the library’s Donor Hall also will include items from the collection.