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It Came From Riverside: Inside the World’s Largest Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection

As comic book and science fiction fans convene in San Diego for Comic-Con, UCTV Prime’s new series “It Came from Riverside” takes viewers inside UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection, the world’s largest, publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian fiction.

The original series reveals some of the archive’s most treasured possessions, illuminates the genre’s evolution in popular culture, and demonstrates its growing acceptance within literary and academic circles. The first episode is online now, with more coming July 10 and 13 and additional episodes later this summer.

“Ep. 1: Inside the World’s Largest Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy”
Venture inside UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection for a peek at some of its science fiction and fantasy treasures – including fanzines, manuscripts, first editions, posters and more –and an assessment of the collection’s significance within popular culture and academia.

July 10 “Ep. 2: The Evolution of Science Fiction”
The expansive Eaton Collection reflects the history and evolution of science fiction, with particular emphasis on its shift from hopeful, utopian themes that demonstrate society’s inherent faith in technology, to a bleaker, dystopian view in the wake of Word War II and the dawn of the Atomic Age.

July 13 “Ep. 3: Science Fiction Goes to School” 
It wasn’t very long ago that science fiction literature was dismissed as frivolous. This episode outlines the growing respectability of SF and fantasy, their emergence as literature worthy of preservation and study, and the many ways in which the Eaton Collection services this growing scholarly demand.

The Eaton Collection is the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction and fantasy literature in the world, consisting of over 300,000 items. The collection begins with the 1517 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia and includes first editions of many seminal works including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) and H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine (1895). The collection also includes more than 50,000 science fiction-themed comic books as well as the most expansive collection of scholarly studies on science fiction and fantasy in the United States.



UCR’s Juan Felipe Herrera, California’s Newest Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, UC Riverside

The experiences of Mexican Americans just got a higher profile with Governor Jerry Brown’s naming yesterday of California’s next Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, poetry professor at UC Riverside and author of 28 books.

The son of migrant farm workers and the first in his family to attend college, the 63-year old Herrera holds the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside and is known for chronicling the bittersweet lives, travails and contributions of Mexican Americans.

You can get a taste of Herrera’s lively style in this UCTV lecture/performance “A Natural History of Chicano Literature,” recorded in 2005.

We were also thrilled to receive this delightful 10th anniversary greeting from Herrera and his UCR colleage Karen Wilson back in 2010.

You can read more about Herrera’s two-year appointment at Governor Brown’s website and the UC Riverside website.

Herrera has published numerous volumes of poetry, prose, theater, children’s books and young adult novels, among them “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems” (University of Arizona, 2008), which received the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, the International Latino Award in poetry, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has been elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, and has received the Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, and the UC Berkeley Regent’s Fellowship. Other honors include the Breadloaf Fellowship in Poetry, the Stanford Chicano Fellows Fellowship, the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction and the Focal Award.