University of Alberta professor Doug Barbour is thrilled:

Science fiction especially has become an academic subject of some importance. You will find that, [when] a huge number of the people who went into science and then ended up at places like NASA or working in scientific careers started, their interest was first formed by reading science fiction. A number of the people who ended up in the 60s as young men working in the aerospace industry were people who all said, 'Well, it all started with reading science fiction.' They were all the ones who said, 'We knew we'd get to the moon.'

The collection is so huge that it may take years to process it all. But the library has already started on some of it, so next time you're up in Banff skiing, take a day off to explore Cuthbert's collection. Image by Pod Bay Door.


Donation helps fuel further sci-fi studies
[via The Gateway, University of Alberta's student newspaper]