Murdoch University is reaching out to Australia’s science fiction community in a bid to raise enough funds to preserve the state’s most comprehensive collection of speculative fiction material.
The collection, which spans more than 30 years and is housed in the University’s library, includes rare books, comics, fanzines, t-shirts and personal writings that relate to the science fiction community of Western Australia and Australia.
Murdoch University’s Chris Creagh initiated the Murdoch University Science Fiction Foundation to help with the preservation of the material in the basement of the library. She said it was important to ensure these valuable materials were preserved.
“This collection really is the heritage of Western Australia’s speculative fiction community and it’s very unusual to have such a complete collection,” she said.
“We’re looking at a store of knowledge that needs attention and therefore we need the funds to ensure it is stored, catalogued and has good curatorship.”
Dr Creagh said the collection also houses some early works of WA’s well known authors and artists. It includes copies of the Norstrilian News from 1972, Western Australian Science Fiction Association papers from 1977 and the complete personal collection of Leigh Edmonds which includes just about everything pertaining to fandom from 1972 onwards.
Those interested in donating to the Murdoch University Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Foundation can go to http://library.murdoch.edu.au/forms/donation_scifi_collection.pdf. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.