Eaton Collection Welcomes Geek “Hot Spot” Title

UCR's renowned collection of science fiction ranks No. 2 on Wired magazine's list of global "Geeky Destinations and Smart Side Trips."

UCR’s Eaton Collection is No. 2 on Wired magazine’s list of destinations for geeks.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (—What is the second-best destination in the world for geeks on a road trip?

It’s UCR’s Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature, according to Wired magazine.

The October issue lists the editors’ top 12 “Geeky Destinations and Smart Side Trips,” a list that includes such sights as the Paris Sewer Museum, the site of the first atomic bomb test near Alamagordo, N.M., the SEG Electronics Market in Shenzen, China, and locations in New Zealand where the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed.

No. 1 is the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, which features creations by customers of the design software firm, such as a 62,500-piece dinosaur built by Lego.

Of the Eaton Collection the magazine wrote, “The world’s largest nonprivate athenaeum of science fiction, fantasy, and horror includes an original copy of Thomas Moore’s (sic) Utopia, more than 500 editions of Philip K. Dick’s writings, Ray Bradbury’s personal letters, and 125,000 superhero comics. Pow!”

“This is more evidence of the pre-eminence of Eaton and the recognition it brings to UCR,” said Ruth Jackson, university librarian.

Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections, said she was “delighted to have Eaton publicized in a magazine that targets young, tech-savvy readers. It will be interesting to see who comes to visit Eaton as a result of this piece.”

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