Hall Retires

Hal Hall, who has served as curator of the Science Fiction and Fanzine collection at Texas A&M since 1978 retired on August 30. Hall built the collection to more than 46,000 items. He will be succeeded by Catherine Coke, who is also an SF fan.

Ballard’s Papers to Archive

The British Library has acquired 15 large boxes of papers from the estate of author J.G. Ballard. The papers, which have been appraised at £350,000, cover a period beginning with the writing of The Drowned World in 1962 through Miracles of Life in 2008. In 1982, Ballard told an interviewer that he did not maintain an archive of letters, papers, or drafts, all of which are represented in the donation.

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Fan Culture Preservation Project

The Organization for Transformative Works has announced a partnership with the University of Iowa to create the Fan Culture Preservation Project. The project hopes to artifacts of fannish culture and make them accessible to wider popular and research audiences. Items in the collection include fanzines, convention program books, and other materials. The first donation is a collection of 3,000 fanzines previously housed in Santa Barbara, California.

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Author Panel in Falmouth

The Falmouth Public Library will be hosting a panel of science fiction authors on June 17 from 7:00-9:00pm. The panel discussion will include Michael A. Burstein, Jeffrey A. Carver, Jennifer Pelland, and Walter Hunt. This program is supported by the Falmouth Public Library Trustees and is free. For reservations, call 508-457-2555, ext. 6 or email: info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org

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