MIT’s Science Fiction Society Has 60,000 Books And Some Zany Traditions

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Reason number 5,000,000,000 to wish you’d gone to MIT… There’s a great article in MIT News Magazine about the MIT Science Fiction Society, with its incredibly awesome library. Which started with a wooden crate dragged between dorm rooms in 1949 and is now a massive storehouse of awesome.

According to one chemistry grad student, D.W. Rowlands, “We have complete runs of almost every science fiction magazine dating back to the 1920s. Our library keeps growing. It’s a good problem to have, but it’s exhausting.” The titles include everything you’d expect, but also some obscure stuff, including fanzines — and some 1950s science fiction erotica that’s kept out of view.

The President of the society is called the Skinner, after former president L. Court Skinner. The Treasurer is called the Lady High Embezzler, and the Honorable Secretary is the Onseck.

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Avid Science Fiction & Fantasy Lover. Big fan of comics as well. Prefer the dark side to the light. That’s just how I roll.

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