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Contemporary Science Fiction

Contemporary Science FictionSpecial Collections holds a growing number of science fiction novels, short story collections, and magazines. Of particular strength are published materials that support manuscript collections, including nearly complete collections of first editions, often signed, by Brian Aldiss, Harry Harrison, and Mike Resnick’s works. There are also a number of paperback first printings representing the golden age of science fiction (1930-1950) and New Wave science fiction (1960-1970) as well as curiosities such as the Esperanto translation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s A Princess of Mars as Princino de Marso.

The collection is currently under expansion to include science fiction from Germany and Latin America, as well as feminist science fiction. The materials in these sub-collections are often ephemeral and therefore incredibly scarce; USF is frequently the only library in the United States – and sometimes the world – to have specific titles of German role playing game books, independently published Latin American series, and counter-culture novels. The Latin American SF collection is currently experiencing exponential expansion; read more here about its projected growth.


Manuscript Collections

Piers Anthony Papers

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob is better known as Piers Anthony, the prolific author of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the best-selling Xanth series. Born August 6th, 1934 in Oxford, England, Anthony emigrated with his family to America at the age of four and became an American citizen while serving in the United States Army in 1958. After his military service, Anthony settled in Florida where he attended the University of South Florida and bought a tree farm. Anthony’s work has won numerous awards and has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards.

The Anthony papers include manuscripts of more than eighty-five books and short stories, correspondence, and a daily work record.

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Harry Harrison Papers

Harry Harrison (1925 – 2012) grew up in a world filled with science fiction pulp magazines and fan clubs. Harrison’s career spanned more than five decades and included work as illustrator, novelist, editor, fan, critic, and historian. While Harrison is most well known for the character James Boliver, who first appeared in the short story “The Stainless Steel Rat,” he also wrote a number of novels, including the West of Eden Trilogy and five volumes that chronicle the adventures of Bill the Galactic Hero. Harrison was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Harrison papers primarily consist of typescripts, setting copies, and copyedited proofs of many of Harrison’s published works. The collection also includes typescripts of unpublished materials and a small amount of correspondence. Coverage of short stories dates from 1964-1987; coverage of novels dates from 1996-2002; correspondence dates from 1972-2004. Editorial notation is prevalent throughout the collection.

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Frederick Pohl Papers

Frederik Pohl (1919- ) is an American science fiction writer, editor, and anthologist. In a literary career spanning nearly seventy years, Pohl has written more than 200 short stories and over 134 books, including 54 novels, 31 story collections, 1 graphic novel, and 6 nonfiction works, in addition to editing 42 anthologies. From 1959 to 1969, Pohl edited the award-winning science fiction magazines Galaxy and If. He was executive editor for Ace Books, 1971 to 1973, and science fiction editor at Ballantine Books, 1973 to 1979. He also served as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1974 to 1976, and of World Science Fiction from 1980 to 1982. Pohl has garnered numerous awards throughout his career, including six Hugo and two Nebula awards.

The Pohl papers are comprised principally of manuscripts, drafts, notes, proofs, and other documents relating to science fiction and nonfiction works written by Frederik Pohl. The collection also includes correspondence, speeches given by Mr. Pohl, and reviews of his publications. Although the earliest items date from 1952, most of the materials range from the early 1970s through 2005.

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Mike Resnick Papers

Michael “Mike” Resnick was born on March 5, 1942. He sold his first article in 1957, his first short story in 1959, and his first book in 1962. He wrote anonymously from 1964-1976, selling more than 200 novels, 300 short stories and 2,000 articles, almost all of them under pseudonyms, most of them in the adult field. Resnick has written and edited numerous science fiction novels, collections and stories. His best-known works include Santiago, Soothsayer, Ivory, the Widowmaker trilogy, and the Kirinyaga stories.

The Resnick papers consist of correspondence, original manuscripts and proofs, articles and reviews written by Resnick, screenplays, as well as a variety of multi media, including video tapes, compact discs, cassette tapes, and floppy disks.

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Charles Sheffield Papers

Charles Sheffield was born in England on June 25, 1935, but did not begin writing until he was in his forties. He lived in the United States and was the chief scientist at Earth Satellite Corporation, serving as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and of the American Astronomical Society. His third marriage was to the science fiction author Nancy Kress. He died on November 2, 2002 of brain cancer.

The Sheffield papers include the author’s correspondence and notebooks as well as book reviews, copies of his novels, short stories, essays, speeches, and unpublished works. The collection also includes Sheffield’s publishing contracts, awards, dust jackets, and additional graphic materials.

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