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In conjunction with our science fiction exhibit, “Strange Data, Infinite Possibilities,” the library is sponsoring a lecture series featuring three speakers who are well known to science fiction readers…and who also happen to have either studied or taught at San Diego State University!

Greg Bear
Friday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.
SDSU alumnus Greg Bear sold his first short story to Famous Science Fiction at age 15 and, along with high-school friends, helped found San Diego Comic-Con. At SDSU, he was a teaching assistant for Professor Elizabeth Chater’s science fiction course and went on to be a very successful writer of hard science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Bear is the recipient of two Hugo Awards and five Nebula Awards and has had more than 60 works published. His newest book, Halo: Silentium (Tor Books, 2013), will be available for signing at this wonderful kick-off event.
 Greg Bear
Larry McCaffery
Thursday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Growing up in the 1950s, Larry McCaffery was first exposed to science fiction via the work of Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Alfred Bester—and by the stream of “B movies” that were appearing. By the 1980s, he was teaching sci fi classes and discovering the many interactions occurring then between science fiction, film, rock music, and postmodern culture in general. During the next 20 years, he published a collection of interviews with innovative American sci fi authors (Across the Wounded Galaxies, 1991) and several fiction anthologies that featured sci fi authors, including Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern SF (1992).
 Larry McCaffery
Vernor Vinge
Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.
From 1972 to 2000, Vernor Vinge taught math and computer science at San Diego State University. In 1982, at a panel for AAAI-82, he proposed that in the near future, technology would accelerate the evolution of intelligence itself, leading to a kind of “singularity” beyond which merely human extrapolation was essentially impossible. Vinge sold his first science fiction story in 1964. His novella True Names (1981) is one of the earliest stories about cyberspace. Rainbows End (2006) looks at the implications of wearable computing and smart environments. Vinge has won five Hugos, including three for Best Novel. His latest novel is The Children of the Sky (2011).
 Vernor Vinge

All lectures will take place in Love Library Room 108, directly adjacent to the Donor Hall. For more information on the lecture series or the exhibit, please contact Special Collections at 619-594-6791. For information on visitor parking, please visit the parking information Web page. A map for disabled access is also available.

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When something incredible has happened, you just want to share it! Here’s a terrific video about the science fiction collection donated by Edward Marsh. It was produced by SDSU’s Marketing and Communications Department.

You may have read the recent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune about the world-class science fiction collection donated to the SDSU Library by Escondido resident Edward Marsh. If you haven’t, you should, because this is a pretty spectacular collection of rare books, art, and artifacts. Let’s just say that when I saw a fraction of it arranged on the tables in Special Collections, I felt like I was looking at the El Dorado of science fiction, comics, fantasy, and pulp fiction. It’s breathtaking. Most of the collection is from the golden age of science fiction, and most of the works and photographs are signed first editions.

Below are some of the photos I took when Special Collections held a preview.

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SDSU Library Receives $2.25M Collection (San Diego Union-Tribune, January 25, 2013)
Library Receives $2.25 Million Sci Fi Collection (SDSU’s NewsCenter)