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Working on an exhibition requires an immense amount of knowledge and a thorough understanding of the subject matter. . .and the ability to boil all of that down into labels that visitors can read in thirty seconds or less. This leaves much unsaid - and unread. Luckily, there are blogs to provide readers with information that, while fascinating, simply could not fit on a label. This blog also features articles related to our Education programs, the Museum Store, the Museum's vast collections, and more.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bust of actor Glenn Strange as Frankenstein

It’s Alive!!

March 14, 2018

Two centuries ago, this year, a single book created a whole new genre, that of what we now call science fiction. The book was Frankenstein, …

funeral of Owen Brown

Owen Brown in Pasadena

January 10, 2018

January 10, 1889 was a significant date in early Pasadena history – the funeral of Owen Brown, son of abolitionist John Brown.  Owen was the …

1984 Olympic soccer game

A Well-rounded Bowl: The Stadium in the Arroyo

December 27, 2017

Pasadena is best known for its roses and architecture, both of which are embodied by one structure – the Rose Bowl. Designed by famed Pasadena …

one of the greeting cards in the collection

The Art of Greetings: Studio Art Greeting Cards

December 20, 2017

Sending greeting cards during the holiday season has been a western tradition since the mid-nineteenth century. First popular in England, mass-produced greeting cards began being …

Language of Flowers floral bouquet

Edwardian Christmas Décor: Part II

December 13, 2017

  Floral Displays Like the Victorians before them, Edwardians were lavish in their use of plants and plant materials for décor. In these great houses, …