This digital collection provides a glimpse into the world of science fiction and fantasy conventions during the 1970s and 1980s. It features programs, pamphlets, newsletters, flyers, and other documents collected by writer Fritz Leiber as he attended science fiction and fantasy conventions across the United States and internationally. Leiber often actively participated in these conventions, as a planner, speaker, or presenter. In all, the collection contains over 200 items.
Items of particular note include programs from the Third Annual Nebula Awards containing signatures from several prominent science fiction and fantasy writers, including Ursula K. LeGuin, Poul Anderson, and Robert Heinlein.
Fritz Leiber, Jr. (December 24, 1910-September 5, 1992) was an American fantasy, science fiction, and horror writer, and is considered a father of the sword and sorcery genre of fantasy literature. Leiber’s two most famous characters, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, appear in more than 30 of his sword and sorcery fantasy stories, written over a 50 year span. Over the course of his career Leiber won many awards, including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1976, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2001.