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December 2014

From zeppelins to zombies: WWI in science fiction

December 19, 2014 | Annette | Comments (0)

BlogIMG_6641 If you haven't yet seen the Merril Collection of Science Fiction's exhibit commemorating World War One, hurry in before the end of December!

2014 marked the one hundredth anniversary of World War One, (1914-1919), a battle which was intended "to end all wars" and bring world peace. Sadly, war continues to plague our planet. Is there a solution?  Science fiction writers have wrestled with this question for decades.

Our exhibit, The War To End All Wars, features rare 19th century examples of future war fiction, alternate history fantasies, contemporary illlustrated graphic novels, and everything in between. From H. G. Wells' airships to armies of the undead, science fiction and fantasy explore the horrors of war, the fearful spectre of nuclear destruction, and the dream of a peaceful future for humankind.

The War To End All Wars: SF Remembers WWI  is on display in the Merril Collection, on the third floor of the Lillian H. Smith building, until December 31, 2014.

CarbideTipped Pens at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00PM

December 15, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

Carbide tipped pensToronto author and co-editor Eric Choi will moderate an evening spent with the local contributors to Carbide Tipped Pens, a new science fiction anthology. Authors Kate Story, David DeGraff, and Eric Choi will read brief sections from their stories in the anthology, followed by a question and answer session, and a signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The event will take place in the Merril Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 3rd floor reading room in the Lillian Smith branch, 239 College Street, starting at 7PM.

The Merril Collection holds over 70,000 items, all science fiction, fantasy, or horror, as well as non-fiction about science fiction and fantasy. The materials are available for reading room use only. For more information call the Merril Collection at 416-393-7748.