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Last chance to see; Seeds of Wonder, Seeds of Hope

March 23, 2015 | Kim | Comments (0)

Seeds of Wonder, Seeds of Hope, an exhibit celebrating Black writers of science fiction and fantasy is finishing it's run at the Merril Collection, and the last day of the exhibit will be Friday, April 4, 2015.

Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, Lillian Smith Branch

239 College Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario

The Brothers Cabal, by Jonathan Howard

February 4, 2015 | Kim | Comments (2)

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Horst Cabal has returned! The world’s most amiable vampire was last seen disappearing in a suicidal puff of dust as he stepped into the sunlight, but he has been brought back from the dead by a group of diabolical conspirators bent on taking over the world (as they usually are). Unbeknownst to the conspirators, who require a “Lord of the Dead” for their nefarious plan, Horst has never actually killed anyone, and is far more concerned with the fit of his waistcoat than world domination.

 

 

The Brothers Cabal

Seeds of Wonder, Seeds of Hope; Celebrating Black Authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy

January 14, 2015 | Kim | Comments (1)

OkaraforJoin us in exploring the rich history of science fiction and fantasy by authors from African nations and countries of the African diaspora, including the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Speculative fiction by Black authors, or AfroFuturism, as it is increasingly called by its writers, is undergoing an explosive growth period, as is the case generally with speculative fiction. The writers themselves come from many countries, and varied backgrounds; some are professional writers, many are academics, and some worked in humble occupations while writing as a labour of love. AfroFuturism tends to be about social problems; oppression, racism, classism and relationships between people.

 

 

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

 

 

July Events at the Merril Collection

July 4, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

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Glen Hirshberg, author of Motherless Child,  The Snowman's Child, and numerous short story collections, will appear at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, July 17, at 7:00PM. Mr. Hirshberg is a previous winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Mr. Hirshberg's appearance is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Merril Collection and ChiZine Press.

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                                                                                                       Motherless Child

Recommended Reading

March 29, 2011 | Lorna | Comments (0)

The books in the Merril Collection are mostly meant for adult readers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. However, YP fiction (fiction meant for slightly younger readers) is also collected, if it is of  unusual merit. Holly Black's White Cat certainly falls into this category.

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Cassell Sharpe is a student in an expensive private school. He is the family failure, the sole member of a family of magically talented criminals who has no magic. He compensates by practicing his mundane illegal skills upon his classmates. When Cassell's family brings him into their dangerous world, he and his friends use their unorthodox skills to save the lives of his brothers. The threats to life and limb are more easily resolved than the issues of trust within his complex family. This is book one of The Curse Workers, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. In the meanwhile, I am going to read all of Black's previous novels.

 

 

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.