In 1952, Harold Terrence Salive (1939-2012) stumbled across one of Groff Conklin’s famous Science Fiction anthologies. After reading it, he was hooked. Two years later – aged 15 – he started ‘hoarding’ copies of Astounding Stories, which first appeared in January 1930 under the editorship of Harry Bates. In 1967 Salive attended the Detroit Triple Fan Fair, started corresponding with various Sci-Fi book dealers such as Gerry de la Ree and the Werewolf Bookshop, joined various fan groups (e.g. the National Fantasy Fan Federation N3F). He received publications like Tightbeam and Through the Haze. As he was also interested in gaming – Salive himself designed an underwater diving game – he attended the ‘Aussiecons’ in Melbourne in 1975 and 1985 and the 64th World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles in 2005. Salive also wrote Sci-Fi stories and taught courses on the history of Science Fiction. Besides – or because of all this - his collection had been steadily growing. In 2013 the Hal Salive Collection, comprising around 2500 items of both Science Fiction and Fantasy, was donated to the University of Otago. Curated by Special Collections Librarian Donald Kerr, the university now presents the highlights of the collection for the first time in a special exhibition from 12 March to 22 May 2015.
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