Cornell's SF Luminaries

Garrett P. Serviss (B.S. 1872)
    A Columbus of Space, etc.

Kurt Vonnegut (class of 1944)
    Slaughterhouse Five,etc.

Joanna Russ (B.A. 1957)
    The Female Man, etc.

Thomas Pynchon (B.A. 1959)
    Gravity's Rainbow

Carl Sagan (Prof. 1968-96)

Ronald D. Moore (B.A. 1986)
    Battlestar Galactica

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Comet Hale-Bopp seen from the Cornell campus, ca. 1997

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Scene from Fritz Lang's 1929 film Frau im Mond

The widespread acceptance of science fiction and fantasy literature and film as rich areas for academic research -- along with the development of genre theory since the 1970s -- has spurred the creation of many specialized print and online resources for literary theorists, cultural historians, film scholars, and others. This guide aims to assist Cornell University students, faculty, and staff in identifying and accessing books, journals, and electronic materials that treat science fiction/fantasy literature and film as objects of serious study.

Land Acknowledgment

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.