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Home >> Special Collections & University Archives >> Exhibits and Events >> Exhibits Library >> Strange Data, Infinite Possibilities

February 11, 2013 to August 25, 2013*

*Extended through January 2014!

Strange Data Exhibit PosterDonor Hall
Library and Information Access, San Diego State University

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.

In 1977, SDSU 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 San Diego State University 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 the Donor Hall through early fall of 2013, and is accompanied by a free spring lecture series that will include the following (very) special guest speakers:

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

All lectures are in Love Library Rm. 108, which is directly adjacent to the Donor Hall. For information on visitor parking, please visit the parking information webpage.  A map for disabled access is also available.

Special thanks to DJ Bradley, our talented graphic design student, and to Ed Marsh for the generous loan of several exhibit items!

  • Exhibit Hall Entrance
  • Exhibit Hall Title Crawl
  • Exhibit Hall Mural
  • Pulp Magazines
  • Exhibit Hall Book Covers
  • Exhibit Case Women and LGBTQ Writers
  • Exhibit Case Female Pulp Writers
  • Exhibit Case LGBTQ SF writers
  • Exhibit Case Dune
  • Exhibit Case Space Opera
  • Exhibit Hall SF Timeline #1
  • Exhibit Hall SF Timeline #2
  • Exhibit Hall Strange Data Infinite Possibilities
  • Exhibit Case Weird Fiction #1
  • Exhibit Case Weird Fiction #2
  • Exhibit Case Cyberpunk
  • Exhibit Case Bladerunner
  • Exhibit Case New Wave #1
  • Exhibit Case William S. Burroughs
  • Exhibit Case New Wave #2
  • Exhibit Case New Wave #3
  • Exhibit Case Golden Age #1
  • Exhibit Case Golden Age #2
  • Exhibit Case Pulp Era #1
  • Exhibit Case Pulp Era #2
  • Exhibit Case SF Classics #1
  • Exhibit Case SF Classics #2
  • Exhibit Case Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
  • Exhibit Case Fantasy
  • Exhibit Case Science Fantasy

Contact Us

Special Collections & University Archives Contact

Location: SDSU Library & Information Access, Love Library Room 150
Phone: 619.594.6791

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