Forthcoming January 2018
A Conversation larger than the Universe
A Conversation larger than the Universe is an exhibition that will be on view at The Grolier Club in New York City from 25 January 2018 through 10 March 2018. A Conversation larger than the Universe is a history of science fiction in seventy literary artefacts and a highly personal tour through the bookshelves of Henry Wessells. The books (many signed or inscribed by their authors), magazines, manuscripts, letters, and artwork date from the mid-eighteenth century to the present and will allow the viewer to explore the ideas and people that have defined the literatures of the fantastic, from Mary Shelley and H. G. Wells to Philip K. Dick, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., and William Gibson, as well as works by W. H. Hudson, Richard Jefferies, and others not so widely known today. Beginning with the origins of science fiction in the Gothic, this ‘Conversation’ contemplates topics such as the End of the World (and After), Imaginary Voyages, Dystopia, Women Authors, Literary Innovation, Humor, the Sixties, Rock ’n’ Roll, Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and what’s happening in science fiction and the fantastic right now. The exhibition adopts a broad description of Science Fiction encompassing Fantasy and Horror as well as bibliography and scholarship in the field.
Henry Wessells is an antiquarian bookseller in New York City and author of Another green world (2003) and Extended Range (2015). A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Science Fiction, his work has appeared in Nature, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Wormwood, Interzone, The Washington Post Book World, and other publications. He is also editor and bibliographer of American science fiction author Avram Davidson.
A Conversation larger than the Universe. Readings in Science Fiction and the Fantastic 1762-2017, an illustrated collection of essays to accompany the exhibition, including a descriptive checklist of the materials on view, will be published by The Grolier Club in January 2018. The book includes ‘A Hatful of Adjectives’, an original Foreword by John Crowley. Several sections of the book will appear in Wormwood, Foundation, and The New York Review of Science Fiction in advance of book publication.
Size : 6 x 9 inches, 271 pp. + index. Book design by Jerry Kelly.
A small hand bound edition, signed by the contributors and with additional material, will be published by Temporary Culture. Further details will be made available in the autumn of 2017.
Inquiries to : wessells [at] panix [dot] com .
Temporary Culture, P.O.B. 43072, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 USA.