MC 00379 Preliminary Inventory of the Richard D. Erlich Collection of Papers about Science Fiction and Satire, 1974-1988

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Erlich, Richard D.


3.25 Linear feet 7 archival boxes

General Physical Description note

6 archival boxes


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Acquisitions Information

Gift of Richard D. Erlich in March 2007 (Accn. no. 2007-0049)


Processed by: Linda Sellars;machine-readable finding aid created by: Linda Sellars


2009, Addition of 4 archival boxes added.

Scope and Content Note

Papers by many different authors, most of whom were faculty at colleges and universities, about various authors and themes in science fiction. Most are unpublished papers prepared in the late 1970s and early 1980s for presentation at meetings of the Popular Culture Association, Science Fiction Research Association, Society for Utopian Studies, and other organizations. A few reprints of published articles are included. Among the papers are several about Robert Silverberg, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K. Le Guin, the city in science fiction, and utopias and dystopias in science fiction. The collection also includes copies of much of Erlich's critical work, opinion pieces and letters to the editor, and pieces related to his work on satire and traditional literature. A few files contain materials related to Erlich's teaching career.

Biographical Note

Richard D. Erlich served as a Professor in English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from 1971 to 2006. In collaboration with Thomas P. Dunn, he has edited The Mechanical God: Machines in Science Fiction and Clockwork Worlds: Mechanized Environments in SF, and compiled Clockworks: A Multimedia Bibliography of Works Useful for the Study of the Human/Machine Interface in SF. Alone and in various collaborations he has published essays on the Buck Rogers opus, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Shakespeare pedagogy, Alexander Pope, D. H. Lawrence, and science fiction works by Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. LeGuin, Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Robert Silverberg, and D. F. Jones.

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[Identification of item], Richard D. Erlich Collection of Papers about Science Fiction, MC 379, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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