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Science Fiction, Popular Culture & Media Studies Collections

Science Fiction

The Science Fiction Collection, from its inception in 1974, has been characterised by a close and longstanding relationship with the Australian science fiction community. The Collection is of national and local significance and it contains a number of rare and unique items related to Australian science fiction fandom.

The collection consists of science fiction literature and supporting materials including science fiction, fantasy and horror novels by local and international authors, comics, graphic novels, memorabilia and ephemera, magazines and fan publications (fanzines).

 

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Brian Aldiss Collection

Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE (1925-2017) was an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories.

The collection consists of uncorrected proof copies of several books and issues of magazines containing Brian’s articles and short stories.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Brian Aldiss Collection, QB 18, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Faster Than Light Radio Show

The Faster Than Light Radio Show was hosted by Grant Stone and broadcast from 1978 to 2012 on 6UVS-FM (now RTRFM). Grant interviewed many Australian and international authors, editors and filmmakers for the show. He also provided an analysis of popular culture through book, television program and film reviews. Recorded and produced in the audio studios at Murdoch University, the show was syndicated nationally in Australia and New Zealand from the early 1990’s.

The collection consists of episodes of the show recorded on sound tape reels and audio cassettes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Faster Than Light Radio Show Collection, QB 43, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Leigh Edmonds Collection

Leigh Edmonds was a founding member and editor of the Australian and New Zealand Amateur Publishing Association (ANZAPA) mailing. He was active in the Australian science fiction fandom community from the mid 1960’s to the late 1980’s.

The collection consists of organised files of Australian and international fanzines published from 1968 to 1986, including an archive of Leigh’s publications and his correspondence with other fanzine creators, editors and publishers. Also access to the IOTA e-fanzine published by Leigh to document his research into the history of Australian Science Fiction fandom.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Leigh Edmonds Collection, QB 34, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

Popular Culture

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20th Century Paperback Collection

The 20th Century Paperback collection contains samples of all the major US and UK paperback publishers and esoteric imprints from the 20th century that have long since disappeared.

The collection consists of approximately 2,000 titles by various publishers from the mid 1940’s to late 1980’s, the majority by Pan Books (now part of Macmillan Publishers).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], 20th Century Paperback Collection, QB 60, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Andy Collins Collection

Andy Collins is the author of several books about surf lifesaving clubs in Western Australia and was made a life member of the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club in 1992.

The collection contains annual reports, magazines and other materials relating to surf lifesaving in Australia.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Andy Collins Collection, QB 33, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia

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Film Tie-In Collection

The collection consists of four types of film and television program tie-ins:

  • Original novels which have subsequently been made into a film or television program
  • Reissues of previously published original novels which have been adapted into a film or television program (usually repackaged with the film or television program cover image and production details, sometimes with a different title from the original novel)
  • Novelizations of film screenplays and television program scripts
  • Novels based on films and television programs
The collection is comprised of items published from the mid 1960’s to the late 1990’s with a focus on Australian, American and British films and television programs.

 

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Film Tie-in Collection, Q FT 791, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Mills and Boon Collection

Judy Adamson, former archivist at Film Australia, collected Mills and Boon romance novels for over 30 years.

The collection consists of 3,700 paperbacks, published from the early 1940’s to the early 2000’s. The majority published by Mills & Boon, plus a few titles from related publishers including Harlequin and Silhouette.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mills and Boon Collection, QB 13, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Popular Men’s and Women’s Magazines Collection

The collection consists of magazines that were sold ‘over the counter’ at Australian newsagents from the 1930’s to the late 1990’s, providing snap shots of the way popular culture in Australia and internationally has changed over the decades. There are some magazines that could be considered offensive and were on restricted sale in Western Australia.

 

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Poster Collection

The Poster Collection covers many significant themes, including women’s suffrage, anti-Vietnam War protests, gay rights and Aboriginal issues. It also includes theatre and music performance advertisements, film daybills and book cover art prints.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Poster Collection, QB 53, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

 

Media Studies

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6UVS FM: An Audio History

Perth’s first stereo FM radio station was created in 1977 as 6UWA, broadcasting from studios located in the grounds of the University of Western Australia. In 1979 the station was renamed 6UVS-FM when Murdoch University became involved in its funding. In 1987 6UVS-FM presenter Virginia Rivalland produced a documentary about the first 10 years of the station, featuring interviews with people involved in the station at the time.

The collection consists of sound tape reels of interviews, created to compile the documentary programme ‘Play it again : a radio documentary, 10 years of FM broadcasting at 6UVS-FM'.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], 6UVS-FM: An Audio History Collection, QB 6, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

 

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Film Ephemera Collection

The Film Ephemera collection consists of film festival programs, cinema screening calendars, advertising flyers and stills from films screened at the Film and Television Institute (FTI), Lumiere Cinemas and Luna Cinemas in Western Australia.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Film Ephemera Collection, QB 31, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.
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Original ABC Radio Drama Manuscripts

The collection consists of 17 original ABC original drama manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Original ABC Radio Drama Manuscripts, QB 45, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

 

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Play Scripts from TV Script Production Course

The collection consists of 16 play scripts of original unpublished works reproduced in limited runs and used for study by students of the Screen Production course at Murdoch University in 2002.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Play Scripts from TV Script Production Course, QB 22, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

 

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Toronto Film Society Programme Notes

The Toronto Film Society programme notes provide background information and interpretative comment on the creative contribution of directors, writers, cinematographers, choreographers, etc., together with a summation of critics' appraisals where available and appropriate.

The collection consists of notes for Season 7 (1954/55) to Season 35 (1982/83).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Toronto Film Society Programme Notes, QB 7, Special Collections, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch, Western Australia.

 

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