UCTV Prime YouTube Series Unveils Treasures Inside the World’s Largest Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection

Online series takes viewers inside UC Riverside's Eaton Collection

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — As comic and science fiction fans convene in San Diego for Comic-Con, a new series from UCTV Prime, the University of California’s YouTube original channel, takes viewers inside UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection, the world’s largest, publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian fiction.

“It Came from Riverside: Inside the World’s Largest Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy” reveals some of the archive’s most treasured possessions, illuminates the genre’s evolution in popular culture, and demonstrates its growing acceptance within literary and academic circles.

The first episode was posted on July 6, with the second and third installments scheduled for July 10 and July 13. Additional episodes will be posted later this summer and bonus blog content will be posted at http://www.uctv.tv/science-fiction. (Read “10 Notable Fanzines in the Eaton Collection.”)

  • Ep. 1: Inside the World’s Largest Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Venture inside UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection for a peek at some of its science fiction and fantasy treasures – including fanzines, manuscripts, first editions, posters and more –and an assessment of the collection’s significance within popular culture and academia. Posted July 6, 2012.

  • Ep. 2: The Evolution of Science Fiction

The expansive Eaton Collection reflects the history and evolution of science fiction, with particular emphasis on its shift from hopeful, utopian themes that demonstrate society’s inherent faith in technology, to a bleaker, dystopian view in the wake of World War II and the dawn of the Atomic Age. Posted July 10, 2012.

  • Ep. 3: Science Fiction Goes to School

It wasn’t very long ago that science fiction literature was dismissed as frivolous. This episode outlines the growing respectability of SF and fantasy, their emergence as literature worthy of preservation and study, and how the Eaton Collection services this growing scholarly demand.

About the Eaton Collection

The Eaton Collection is the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction and fantasy literature in the world, consisting of over 300,000 items. The collection begins with the 1517 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia and includes first editions of many seminal works including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) and H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine (1895). The collection also includes more than 50,000 science fiction-themed comic books as well as the most expansive collection of scholarly studies on science fiction and fantasy in the United States.

About UCTV Prime

UCTV Prime is the first university-run channel to be included among YouTube’s new production partnerships with recognizable brands like The Wall Street Journal, Deepak Chopra and TED. With documentary mini-series, interviews, commentaries and video shorts each week, UCTV Prime draws on the tremendous knowledge resources of the University of California’s ten campuses, five medical schools, three national labs and other affiliated institutions.

UCTV is available worldwide via live stream, video archives and podcasting at www.uctv.tv, on YouTube at www.youtube.com/uctv and www.youtube.com/uctvprime, on iTunesU in the Beyond Campus section, and on cable in select cities throughout California. For a complete list of UCTV’s outlets, visit www.uctv.tv/wheretowatch.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Alison Gang
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E-mail: agang@ucsd.edu

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