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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.

Circus Noir; It's never a good day when the circus comes to town …

August 19, 2014 | Kim | Comments (1)

Night circus cover.aspxA new exhibit at the Merril Collection celebrates the rich and dark history of creepy clowns, sinister sideshows, and alien extravaganzas. Science fiction and horror writers have known for a long time that circuses, not idle hands, are the devil's playground.

The exhibit features some unusual and beautiful books, such as early editions of The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles Finney and a variety of Ray Bradbury's circus-themed fiction.

Not for the faint of heart; explore the dark side of the circus, if you dare …

The Night Circus



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.