CSUN Exhibit to Celebrate the Fantastic and Strange

Best-selling science fiction writer, futurist and astronomer David Brin will be on hand Tuesday, Sept. 18, when the library at California State University, Northridge launches its newest exhibit, which celebrates the wonder of science fiction literature.

Brin will give a talk and sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase, at the exhibit’s opening reception scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library located in the heart of the university’s campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.

“Fantastic & Strange: Reflections of Self in Science Fiction Literature” features a collection of rare books, images and select artifacts that help to elucidate the complex, eerie and often prophetic themes in this diverse genre.

“Whether questioning our confidence that humanity is capable of coping with the problems of science and technology, or examining faith and belief versus evidence, science fiction literature has been a space in which we are free to imagine and explore,” said Special Collections and Archives Librarian Ellen Jarosz, the exhibit’s curator.

The show, sponsored by the Friends of the Oviatt Library, will continue in the C.K. and Teresa Tseng Gallery on the second floor of the library through July 26, 2013. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Parking on campus is $6.

For more information about the opening event or the exhibit, please call (818) 677-2638. Persons with disabilities needing assistance and deaf and hard-of-hearing persons needing interpreters, please call the above number in advance for arrangements.

For more information about the library or its hours, visit its website http://library.csun.edu/ or call (818) 677- 2285.

Cal State Northridge’s Oviatt Library has more than 1.4 million volumes. It also subscribes to nearly 53,000 online journals, more than 2,300 print journals, more than 200 online databases and nearly 275,000 eBooks. It has an extensive audio and video collection, numbering nearly 18,000. The library’s online resources are heavily used, with almost 13 million visits to its Web pages and databases annually; and a yearly gate count of more than 1.6 million patrons. It also has an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, documents, photographs, artifacts and other archival materials. The Oviatt Library serves as the main research facility in the San Fernando Valley.



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