Live to Build a Better World

By Marketing and Communications | 01-18-2021

Exhibition Showcasing the Role Climate Change Plays in Science Fiction Works

The Texas A&M University Libraries is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition “Live to Build a Better World: Despair, Survival, and Hope in Science Fiction’s Response to Environmental Change.” The exhibition will open January 19, 2021 at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, and will run until June 30, 2021.

The exhibition will showcase materials found in Cushing Memorial Library’s extensive Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection and demonstrates how the theme of dramatic environmental change shapes narratives in the genre of science fiction. The exhibit shows just some of the stories that science fiction has sought to tell, especially in recent years, about how humans respond to massive environmental changes that affect our society and our world.

“We’ve always been a species of storytellers”, says Jeremy Brett, the Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection, and co-curator of the exhibit. “The stories we tell reflect our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us, a fact just as for stories we tell of environmental change. In these stories we see human nature in all its facets, from the darkest parts of ourselves to our brightest.”

Shelby Hebert, co-curator of the exhibit, also noted that “The exhibit combines significant works of fiction and climate research to connect the imagined with our reality.”

The exhibition is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. No appointment is necessary but the number of visitors allowed at one time will be limited. For more information on visiting the exhibition, please contact Dr. Marini at


For more information about this exhibition, please contact Jeremy Brett at or Shelby Hebert at

Media contact: Angel Franco, or  979.458.2420

The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is the rare books, special collections, manuscripts and archival repository for Texas A&M University Libraries. The collections of the Cushing Library reflect the comprehensive nature of the educational and research enterprise at Texas A&M as well as the wide diversity of interests found among current and former students, faculty, staff and friends.