Diverse Sci-Fi Exhibition Opening at Cushing Library

By Marketing and Communications | 03-06-2019

COLLEGE STATION, TX (March 2019)- The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives are pleased to announce their new exhibition: “The Stars Are Ours”: Infinite Diversities in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The exhibit will run from March 29 to September 20. Items from the Library’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection provide a window into the diversities of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and culture that have always been a part of science fiction and fantasy.


In conjunction with the exhibition opening, author Tananarive Due, known for the African Immortals Series and Ghost Summer: Stories, will speak on The Rise of Afrofuturism and Black Horror on March 29 at 5:30pm in Rudder Forum. The talk is free and open to the public, and the author will be available for a book signing. There will also be an opening reception from 4-5pm before her speech in Cushing Library.


The Stars Are Ours recognizes and centers on diverse creators and audiences. Books in the exhibit range from time travel to space opera and other genres. Some of the many books represented in the exhibit are The Female Man, Dune and Memoirs of a Spacewoman. Explore the arts and visual media Cushing has displayed with posters from famous movies such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman and TV series like Star Trek:Discovery and Luke Cage. Album covers from David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) are on display as well.


“What both this exhibit and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection at Cushing Library hope to show visitors is simply this: science fiction and fantasy and horror, in their abounding variations, are part of our shared cultural heritage,” said Jeremy Brett, curator of the exhibit. “They are not, nor have they ever been, the property of any one class of creator or fan.”


Also included in the exhibition are the 1984 Grand Master Award and the 1998 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement for famed female sci-fi and fantasy writer Andre Norton. She was the first woman to be made a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.


For more information about the opening or the exhibit, contact Jeremy Brett, at 979.458.7882 or jwbrett@library.tamu.edu.



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