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Bluecoat's Science Fiction Reference Library

Wed 14 Sep 2016 - Sun 22 Jan 2017

This autumn visitors to Bluecoat are invited to browse a specially selected Science Fiction Reference Library. This three shelf public resource spans Science, Speculative, Slipstream and Weird fiction and has been put together to reflect themes in Bluecoat's current and upcoming exhibition programme. The themes of this library include Afrofuturism, post-apocolyptic futures, the Singularity and collective consciousness.

Selected authors include Olaf Stapledon, Theodore Sturgeon and Matthew de Abaitua - influences on Dennis McNulty's Liverpool Biennial Software commission Homo Gestalt (running until Sun Oct 16) and seminal American science fiction writer Octavia Butler - a key touch stone for both Keith Piper and Adham Faramawy.

Piper's solo show Unearthing the Banker's Bones and Faramawy's Janus Collapse (the juice-box edition) run Fri 28 Oct 2016 - Sun 22 Jan 2017.

Related events include an in-conversation with science fiction author Matthew de Abaitua (Tue Sep 27) an Octavia Butler Reading Group and a philosophical introduction to Body Horror (Wed 16 Nov).

Each book contains a card detailing who nominated it and why. The nominators are:

Exhibiting Artists: Adham Faramawy; Dennis McNulty; Keith Piper.

Bluecoat staff: Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay; Programme Coordinator Lauren Velvick.

University of Liverpool: English Literature PhD candidate and 2016 LINK placement Beata Gubacsi; Dr Andy Sawyer; Dr Will Slocombe.

Bluecoat would like to thank Comma Press and University of Liverpool for their support in helping us to amass this collection.


The Library contains:

Isaac Asimov - I, Robot

Matthew de Abaitua - The Red Men; The Destructives; If Then

Eds: Martyn Amos & Ra Page - Beta Life: Stories from an A-Life Future

J. G. Ballard - The Crystal World

Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl

Octavia E. Butler - Parable of the Sower; Parable of the Talents; Blood Child; Lilith's Brood

M. R. Carey - The Girl with all the Gifts

Samuel R. Delany - Babel-17

Philip K. Dick - Ubik; Martian Time-Slip

E. M. Forster - The Machine Stops

William Gibson - The Peripheral; Pattern Recognition; Zero History

Joe Haldeman - The Forever War

Anna Kaven - Ice

Ursula Le Guin - The Dispossessed, The Lathe of Heaven; Always Coming Home

Quentin Meillassoux - Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction (Followed by The Billiard Ball by Isaac Asimov)

Frederick Pohl - Gateway

Mary Shelley - The Last Man

Olaf Stapledon - Last and First Men; Star Maker

Arkady & Boris Strugatsky - Roadside Picnic

Theodore Sturgeon - More Than Human

Dylan Trigg - The Thing

Jeff Vandermeer - Annihilation

Ytasha L. Womack - Afrofuturism: the World of Black Sci-fi and Fantasy Culture

Yevgeny Zamyatin - We


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