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Bob Gibson Collection of Speculative Fiction

Submitted by amurr on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:51am

This unique collection of speculative short fiction published in popular periodicals from the nineteenth century to contemporary time encourages students and scholars to engage with the remarkable expertise of Bob Gibson, an industrious and discerning fan, and with the practices of popular culture fandom more generally.  And yet, because Gibson's compilations contain a wide range of materials (including reports on scientific developments, cartoons, poems, and Gibson's original drawings) in addition to short stories, they also offer students and scholars the possibility of unexpected discoveries (one of the joys of research) and the opportunity to examine developments in periodical print culture, an important counterpoint to our digital culture.  The compilations are thus an invaluable resource for graduate and undergraduate course assignments that invite students to engage with primary materials and produce original work.