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Aboriginal Science Fiction

Identifier: PN3433 .A23

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Aboriginal Science Fiction was a semi-professional serial that ran from 1986 - 2001 and began under the editor Charles Ryan. This collection contains issues ranging from 1986 to 1992, though the reader should note that the collection may not be complete.


  • 1987-1992

Language of Materials

These materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

These materials have unrestricted access.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


7 Linear Feet (This collection spans approximately 7 linear feet. )

Scope and Contents

Georgia Tech Archives and Special Collections holds issues of the magazine published between 1986 - 1992. It may not be a complete run of the publication.

Biographical / Historical

Begun in 1986, Aboriginal Science Fiction was immediately noted for being completely different from its competitors. The cover was in full color with interior illustrations, printed on an 17 x 11 1/4" paper. The name itself was created by the first editor, Charles Ryan. He noted that all successful scifi serials began with the letter "a": Amazing,Astounding,Analog, and Asimov's. Wanting to top them all, Ryan was first going to name his magazine "Aardvark", but this was the name of a fan publication, so Ryan went with the name "Aboriginal". To make sense of the name, the setting of the magazine was set to be a message sent from an alien studying aboriginal people on earth. The magazine did well for many years but eventually closed due to a lack of new material and writers.


These materials are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in part by Joseph Geierman, Stephen Fleming, and William Scheick.

Processing Information

These materials were processed by Jocelyn Jagrowski in March 2020

Inventory of Aboriginal Science Fiction
Jocelyn Jagrowski
March 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA