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Helouan, March 1895, watercolor on paper, 24.6 x 33.2 cm, Helouan, Egypt. (ESF.007.1839))

Leaving the Past Behind & Starting Anew in Pasadena

December 11, 2019

“Dr. Adalbert Fenyes, wife, and daughter of New York City are recent arrivals in Pasadena, and have taken the Darling house on Grand avenue for the winter. Dr. Fenyes was…

Detail of letter from KLB Radio listener

KLB Radio: Pasadena’s First Radio Station

August 1, 2019

In the early 1920s Americans all over the country were falling under the spell of the newest novelty, amateur radio broadcasting. It was sometimes referred to as “wireless telephone.” Perhaps…

G.G. Green preparing to play golf

Forward! March! Into the Colonel G.G. Green Collection

March 11, 2019

Two years and over 600 items later, the finding aid for the Colonel George G. Green collection at PMH is finished!  The finding aid is the result of physically organizing…

Hungarian Crumb Pudding: The Perfect Ending to a Formal Dinner

February 14, 2019

At the turn of the twentieth century, dinner parties were elaborate affairs, designed to impress and to indicate social status. Evening Dress was the rule – tails for the gentlemen…

LASFS South Gate in 58

Outgrowing the Cafeteria: LASFS

August 10, 2018

Over the years, the meetings of the now-independent Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society got bigger. As some of the younger fans went on to their dream jobs, some related to…

Book cover of The Uplift War by David Brin

Caltech Writers: Part II

June 12, 2018

There have been a number of science fiction and fantasy writers with ties to Caltech, but from the 1960s on, three have stood out, in terms of quantity, quality, and…

Clifton's Sign

Clifton’s Cafeteria: For the Hungry and the Creative

June 1, 2018

Starting in the 1930s, there was a haven for writers, artists, fans and anyone else who had too little money for the lives they wanted to live. It was a…

Mysterious Island comic

Science Fiction after Frankenstein

April 26, 2018

So, where was the science fiction of the nineteenth century, if Frankenstein was so influential? It existed, but it followed “Sturgeon’s Law” in that most of it wasn’t very good.…

logo art for the Science Fiction League

Early Fandom in Science Fiction

April 13, 2018

What is a “fan” of something or someone? The standard dictionary definition is that the term is short for “fanatic,” someone obsessed with that someone or something. I must suggest…

Photo of E.T. Bell from the Caltech Archives

Caltech Writers: Part I

March 28, 2018

One of the greatest overlaps between science and science fiction over the past century has been Caltech. Several great SF writers have spent part or all of their academic years…