David Johnson Collection of Science Fiction and Popular Culture
The David Johnson Collection of Science Fiction and Popular Culture encompasses materials from the 1920s through 2014. Stories range from reprints of proto-science fiction / fantasy stories of Jules Vernes and later H. G. Wells to modern giants including Issac Asmiov, Ray Bradbury, George R.R. Martin, and L. Ron Hubbard. The collection offers the reader an opportunity to engage with stories that interpreted cultural norms and social-political values through the lens of fantasy and scientific speculation, at one time called “scientification.” This collection illustrates not only cultural and racial stereotypes, but also a commentary on the politics of the 20th century found in stores, cover art, and advertisements. Whether one is interested in robots, folklore, interstellar colonization, alien interaction, historical moments, altered by scientific advancement, or dystopias where babysitters gain legal custody from birth parents, the Collection provides a platform for both pleasure reading and academic research.