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The Science Fiction Foundation Archive

Founded in 1970 by George Hay, with Arthur C. Clarke and Ursula Le Guin as patrons, the Science Fiction Foundation is the leading British organization for the study of science fiction. Since its inception, the Foundation has made a significant contribution to the promotion of science fiction. It has developed one of the world's largest repositories of science fiction material, organized many academic conferences, supported conventions and has promoted science fiction at all levels of education. Furthermore, Foundation : the international review of science fiction has become one of the foremost critical journals of its kind.

The Science Fiction Foundation Archive contains a substantial amount of correspondence, covering the organization's history to date. The correspondence is arranged by topic, including publishers, editorial letters, SF societies and organizations, SF events, funding bodies, aspiring writers and general enquiries. There are also individual correspondence files for George Hay and Charles Barren. Additionally, there is a large amount of typescripts of articles for Foundation: the international review of science fiction, as well as notices, agendas and minutes of meetings for the Foundation and the Friends of Foundation.

Finding Aid

As yet, there is no finding aid for the Science Fiction Foundation Archive. However, the collection is coherent in its existing arrangement and may be used by researchers.


All material in the Science Fiction Foundation Archive is available to researchers for consultation in the University of Liverpool Library's Special Collections and Archives Reading Room by prior arrangement. Please read Using the Collections if you are considering visiting us.


Reproduction and Licensing rules are available upon request.

Related material

The Colin Greenland Archive contains a section of material regarding the Science Fiction Foundation. The Science Fiction Foundation Collection of books, periodicals and archival materials forms the mainstay of the science fiction resources at The University of Liverpool. Search our SF Catalogue for articles about the Science Fiction Foundation within the collection. See also the Science Fiction Foundation website.

The Science Fiction Foundation's current logo

An invitation to the first British Science Fiction Award

Part of a letter from Peter Nicholls to the producer of 'Start the Week' following his appearance on the BBC Radio 4 programme
Part of a letter to publishers to generate interest in submitting review copies of new publications for Foundation

Promotional material for an event organized by the H.G. Wells Society, supported by the Science Fiction Foundation

Part of a letter from Longman publishers requesting assistance with promoting science fiction in schools