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The Future at 25 Cents A Copy: The Material Culture of Pulp Science Fiction Magazines

The Future at 25 Cents A Copy: The Material Culture of Pulp Science Fiction Magazines

Jeremy Brett, Anna Culbertson, and Andrew Lippert


A Mirror Talk: The University of California, Riverside, Special Collections & University Archives; San Diego State University, Special Collections & University Archives; and Cushing Memorial Library & Archives/Texas A&M University Libraries (College Station, TX)

Please join us for a Mirror Talk, a new collaboration between the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives/Texas A&M University Libraries and other institutions.

The “Pulp Era” of the 1920s-1940s was crucial to the formation of the science fiction genre in the United States. Pulp magazines were colorful, exciting vehicles for the work of countless creators, many of whom became major names. Librarians from three institutions with major pulp collections—Texas A&M University, the University of California, Riverside, and San Diego State University—will discuss the literary and genre legacy of pulps, including their significance as examples of mid-century American material culture. 

This is a virtual talk. Please register, and a Zoom link will be sent to you 24 hours before the start of the event (registration closes 24 hours before the event). This presentation will be recorded.


This event is free and open to the public. Inquiries: Dr. Marini, fmarini@library.tamu.edu


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About the Speakers

Jeremy Brett is an Associate Professor at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, where he is both Processing Archivist and the Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection. He has also worked at the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the National Archives and Records Administration-Pacific Region, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. He received his MLS and his MA in History from the University of Maryland – College Park in 1999. His professional interests include science fiction, fan studies, and the intersection of libraries and social justice.

Anna Culbertson, MA, MSLIS, is the head of Special Collections & University Archives at San Diego State University and a librarian specializing in rare books and special collections. She curates the department's speculative fiction and zines & minicomics collections and obsessively researches the history of the book, graphic design and material culture; feminist science fiction, comics and zines; history of witchcraft; and new religious movements. 

Andrew Lippert is the Special Collections Processing Archivist at UC, Riverside. In this role he reviews and prepares manuscript collections for research use and also writes and updates finding aids for the collections. He has a background in history and enjoys incorporating this into his professional work through the study of archival history and theory. Andrew is also a lifelong science fiction fan and greatly enjoys working with the Eaton Collection of science fiction and fantasy. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
Jeremy Brett, Anna Culbertson, and Andrew Lippert
Cushing Library
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