Thomas Moves from NIU to UofI

Lynne M. Thomas has announced that she will be moving from Northern Illinois University to the University of Illinois, where she will head their Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Thomas has built up a sizable science fiction collection at NIU, which includes the personal and professional papers of more than 75 SF authors, including Mary Robinette Kowal, Jack McDevitt, Eric Flint, and Lois McMaster Bujold. Thomas is a four-time Hugo winner and one of the editors of Uncanny. She will begin her new position on September 1.
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Chicon III Exhibit

Northern Illinois University is currently hosting an exhibit of books, papers, and other memorabilia associated with Chicon III, the 20th World Science Fiction Convention. The exhibit was curated by Lynne M. Thomas and Guest Curator Steven H Silver and assistance from Michael D. Thomas. The physical exhibit is located the the NIU Library, although a portion of the exhibit has been made available on-line.

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Saberhagen Papers to NIU

Fred Saberhagen’s papers have been donated to Northern Illinois University’s research collection. Saberhagen’s works included the Complete Book of Swords, The Dracula Tapes, and the Berserker series. Over the past several years, NIU has acquired the papers of numerous authors, including Jack McDevitt and Carol Emshwiller.

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NIU Acquires Chicon 3

Northern Illinois has acquired the archives from Chicon 3, the 20th World Science Fiction Convention, held in 1962. The archives includes extensive correspondence with Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, Alfred Hitchcock’s people, Ray Bradbury, and Forrest Ackerman, among others. The acquisition was made possible through a grant from the Friends of the NIU Library.

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