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Mars Madness: Sci-Fi Exhibit in Special Collections

<p>Detail of cover illustration by Freas and van Dongen, <em>Astounding Science Fiction</em>, December 1954</p>
Special Collections

Detail of cover illustration by Freas and van Dongen, Astounding Science Fiction, December 1954

Dates: January 21, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bob Diaz


A new exhibit, “Mars Madness: Sci-Fi, Popular Culture and Ray Bradbury’s Literary Journey to Outer Space” opens on Jan. 21 in Special Collections at the University of Arizona.

The exhibit, which is on display through Aug. 1, features a variety of material associated with Ray Bradbury, the famous science fiction author of The Martian Chronicles and the novel Fahrenheit 451. Culled from Special Collections’ literary archives, items on display include original works written by Bradbury, works of others who influenced him, pulp sci-fi magazines, photos of Mars, and movie memorabilia. A selection of sci-fi related toys, on loan from the private collection of local sci-fi aficionado Wolf Forrest, are also on display.

The exhibit is guest curated by local educator and author Gloria McMillan, whose edited work, Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific and Other Perspectives, was published in 2013 by McFarland and Co. Through the collection of essays on Ray Bradbury, McMillan aimed to present a “kaleidoscopic view” of Bradbury, and his work, through the academic lenses of anthropology, literature, science, media, and education.

Three events are planned in conjunction with “Mars Madness.” All events are free and open to the public and will be held in Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd.

Opening Reception | "Pulp Fiction: Ray Bradbury's Early Forays into Mass Market Media" with Wolf Forrest, contributor to Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars
Tuesday, January 21
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Listen to the talk on SoundCloud

Meet the Martians & Book Signing with Gloria McMillan
Saturday, March 15 (during the Tucson Festival of Books)
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Lecture | “Filming Pulp Poetry: Ray Bradbury and It Came From Outer Space” with Bradley Schauer, Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television
Tuesday, April 8
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Interested in learning more? Our exhibition video offers a glimpse into "Mars Madness."