"Mars Madness" Opening Reception & Talk
Date: January 21, 2014
Times: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Special Collections
Contact: Bob Diaz
Special Collections newest exhibit, “Mars Madness: Sci-Fi, Popular Culture and Ray Bradbury’s Literary Journey to Outer Space,” opens with a talk by Wolf Forrest, local sci-fi aficionado and contributor to Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars. The talk, "Pulp Fiction: Ray Bradbury's Early Forays into Mass Market Media," will be held Tuesday, January 21 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Special Collections.
"Mars Madness," 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 Wolf Forrest's private collection, 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.