Thursday, January 04, 2007

Donations to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection

Before Christmas we received a number of important donations to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection: a collection of books, cds, and other material by NEIL GAIMAN, kindly donated by Neil himself. Thanks, Neil! In some cases, these are items which it would have been very difficult to get hold of, and we are extremely pleased to have these direct donations. Without such support, the Collection would be a lot poorer. They will be catalogued in due course.

In addition, the author DAVID DRAKE donated the 1st and 2nd State holograph mss of Ramsey Campbell's first novel THE DOLL WHO ATE HIS MOTHER. These were given to Mr Drake by the author in 1975, and we are delighted that Mr Drake has decided to donate these to the Foudation for the Campbell Archive. details are as below:

Campbell, Ramsey. THE DOLL WHO ATE HIS MOTHER. Holographic manuscripts written in ink. A) Black notebook; lined; 5 1/4 X 3 1/4 inches; 80 leaves. Each leaf is completely occupied with preliminary notes for the novel; as each section was expanded in the second state of the text it was canceled with a diagonal strike; there was some rearrangement of material from one state to the other. B) Three orange notebooks; lined; 9 X 6 3/4 inches; each 60 leaves. Text written on the rectos of each leaf; changes/additions occasionally appear on facing versos of preceding leaves. The final manuscript state of the novel, filling two notebooks and the first fifteen leaves of a third. The four notebooks are contained in the brown padded mailing envelope in which Campbell sent them to Drake.

What can I say but . . .