Kick off the new semester by celebrating science fiction while making vital connections during these socially distanced times. From alternate histories to dystopias and from cyberpunk to space opera, the University Libraries (UL) invites the campus community to the SciFi BLAST OFF virtual events.

The University Libraries is calling all dedicated Trekkers, Whovians, Browncoats, Gaters, X-philes and those with a developing interest in the science-fiction genre to the SciFi BLAST-OFF event series. It will consist of three online sessions designed to spark conversation, including:

Jan. 26 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Team Trivia Tournament
Feb. 10 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Movie Watch Party

Feb. 23 | 6 – 7 p.m. | Book Discussion

SciFi BLAST-OFF will highlight science fiction books and other media available through the library. Along with a resource list of items students can check out, the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) will give a virtual tour of unique science fiction holdings in their special collections.

This effort is partially supported by the Linda K. Lewis Endowment for Science Fiction and Women’s Studies. The $400,000 endowment honors UNM Professor Emerita Linda K. Lewis, who served as a collections librarian from 1969-2010. In the spirit of the Lewis estate’s generous gift, the book discussion will focus on a collection of science fiction stories from a woman author, Sarah Pinsker’s Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea.

For more information and to register for events, visit the SciFi BLAST-OFF website.