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Special Collections Exhibitions

This page has information about the current exhibition as well as links to previous exhibitions. Many of the previous exhibitions are online.

Current exhibition

'Aliens, Androids & Unicorns.'  The Hal Salive Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection

In 1952, Harold Terrence Salive (1939-2012) stumbled across one of Groff Conklin's famous Science Fiction anthologies. After reading it, he was hooked. And two years later – aged 15 – he started 'hoarding' copies of Astounding Stories, which first appeared in January 1930 under the editorship of Harry Bates, and which carried straightforward action-adventure stories with a dash of the scientific to provide minimal plausibility. A stint in the army and study at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where in 1972 he graduated with a PhD in experimental psychology, solidified Salive's passion for collecting.

1967 was the year that Salive's collecting got serious. In that year he attended the Detroit Triple Fan Fair, with Sci-Fi writer Roger Zelazny in attendance; he corresponded with various Sci-Fi book dealers such as Gerry de la Ree (New Jersey), the Werewolf Bookshop (Verona, Pennsylvania), and Howard Devore (Dearborn, Michigan); and started receiving numerous catalogues from which he purchased books and magazines. He also joined various fan groups such as the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F), and Science Fiction Newsletter, receiving publications such as Tightbeam and Through the Haze (New Brunswick, Canada).

In 1972 Salive and his family moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he took up Lectureship in Psychiatry (non-medical) with Auckland University’s Department of Psychiatry at Auckland Medical School. And because of his computer skills, he was recruited to the position of New Zealand Software Consultant for an American computer company, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). In 1977 he had married his second wife, Rachel. In 1983, Salive and AUT’s Kevin Slade established Kiwisoft Programs Ltd, a registered company which had its debut selling CadPic (PaintPic + Printapic) for the Commodore 64 to an emerging worldwide market in personal computers. In 1996 the company featured in the American graphics magazine Advanced Imaging with an article on an industrial OCR imaging developed by Kiwisoft for Forestry Corporation NZ.

An important extension to Salive's collecting was his interest in gaming. One he worked on was an underwater diving game, which meant writing a graphics programme for the background scenes. The first image he 'painted' himself, using Paintpic, was a colourful rocket pointing out into space. Meanwhile his science fiction collection was steadily growing. He attended 'Aussiecon' in Melbourne in 1975 and 1985, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles in 2005, and a Sci-Fi conference in Japan in 2007. He started writing science fiction stories, and he taught courses on the history of Science Fiction, especially to U3A groups. In 2005, he moved to Waikanae and had purpose-built bookshelves made to house his growing collection. In between working on A-I projects, golf, and Tai Chi, he started cataloguing his collection of some 2500 items.

The Salive Collection consists of both Science Fiction and Fantasy and complements the Fastier hard-science collection of Sci-Fi. Van Vogt was a Salive favourite, as was Samuel Delany. Salive was also relentless in collecting pre-1949 issues of Astounding Stories, and continued collecting the series, which turned into Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Fantasy authors who feature predominantly include C.J Cherryh, Jack L. Chalker, George R.R. Martin, and Piers Anthony. There is no Tolkein, and only one Bradbury title.

In March 2013 Rachel Salive donated the Hal Salive Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection to Special Collections, University of Otago. It forms an excellent resource for students and scholars in the field of science fiction and fantasy (in all its formats) and remains a lasting legacy to a fine collector.



Dates: 12 March - 29 May 2015.
Venue: de Beer gallery, Special Collections, University of Otago
Contact: Dr Donald Kerr, Special Collections Librarian.; Phone: (03) 479-8330

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Past exhibitions

17 December - 23 March 2014
The World of Joseph W. Mellor (1869-1938)
11 September - 5 December 2014
Celebrating Botany (1924-2014)
11 June - 5 September 2014
Viva l'Italia. A Regional Romp through Italy
21 March - 23 May 2014
Make It New! Modernism & the Medieval Presence
20 December 2013 - 14 March 2014
Rare Delights III. Recent Additions to Special Collections
27 September - 13 December 2013
Reaching Out: Celebrating 100 years of Otago Physiotherapy Graduates
28 June - 20 September 2013
Maths, Politics and Concrete: The Legacy of the Classical World
5 April - 25 June 2013
Celebrating Pharmacy
20 December 2012 - 22 March 2013
From Pigskin to Paper: The Art and Craft of Bookbinding
21 September - 13 December 2012
Celebrating Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
22 June - 14 September 2012
Charting the Land on the Ocean: Pacific Exploration, 1520-1876
23 March - 15 June 2012
Ray Guns & Rocket Ships. The Fred Fastier Science Fiction Collection
21 December 2011 to 16 March 2012
The Gentleman's Magazine: The 18th century answer to Google
30 September - 16 December 2011
In Search of Scotland
1 July - 23 September 2011
Experimental Philosophy: old and new
1 April - 17 June 2011
Forging a Magical Landscape: The Works of Robert Graves, Poet
17 December 2010 - 25 March 2011
Faces of Authorship: Constructing the Author in Medieval and Early Modern Books
27 August to 10 December 2010
Pulp Fiction
14 May - 20 August
ALL ABOARD! The Ernie Webber Railway Collection
8 February - 7 May
Footnotes on Official History: Celebrating Dr Hocken's Pamphlet Collection
30 October 2009 - 29 January 2010
Heresy, Sedition, Obscenity: The Book Challenged
13 July - 23 October 2009
'I sat down in the evening to read...' Books from the Library of Charles Brasch, Poet, 1909-1973
8 April - 3 July 2009
Beetles, Barnacles, Orchids, and the Origin of Species: Charles Darwin and His Legacy
19 December 2008 - 27 March 2009
A Record of Achievement: The 50th Birthday of the Otago University Press
29 August - 12 December 2008
Nourishing the Roots: an exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago
5 May - 22 August 2008
Éire á Móradh: Singing the Praises of Ireland
25 February - 25 April 2008
Rare Delights II: Recent Additions to Special Collections
20 December 2007 - 1 February 2008
RETROSPECTIVE: A look back at the last 21 Special Collections exhibitions
17 October to 14 December 2007
Initials: In the Beginning...
6 July to 28 September 2007
Linnaeus, Prince of Botanists: His Works and Legacy
11 April to 29 June 2007
A Quick Stab at the Eighteenth Century
12 December 2006 - 30 March 2007
Master of the Burin: the book illustrations of John Buckland Wright, 1897-1954
4 September - 1 December 2006
In the Flesh. The Monro Dynasty 1720-1846.
1 June - 25 August 2006
The Black Art: Hand-printing in the Bibliography Room, 1961-2005
10 February - 26 May 2006
West Meets East: Images of China and Japan, 1570 to 1920
17 October 2005 - 27 January 2006
Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
11 July - 23 September 2005
The Word on Modernism: How Books Aided a Revolution in Design
11 April - 24 June 2005
"£100 & a butt of sack yearly" The office of the poet laureate
20 December 2004 - 31 March 2005
Straight Jackets: the Art of the Book Jacket
20 September - 10 December 2004
'A Civilising Mission' : New Zealanders and the Rhodes Scholarship 1904 - 2004
24 June - 10 September 2004
41 Stunning Books: A selection of modern private press books
23 March - 11 June 2004
Glimpses of London's Past
25 November 2003 - 12 March 2004
He tirohanga ki muri ~ A view of the past
4 July - 17 November 2003
Harmonizing my starting place: Charles Brasch, patron, poet and collector
21 March - 27 June 2003
Cultivating Gardens: Practical garden advice through the ages
13 December 2002 - 13 March 2003
Rare Delights: recent additions to Special Collections
12 September - 28 November 2002
Unpacking Ruins: architecture from antiquity
21 June - 1 September 2002
Enlarging the prospects of happiness: European travel writing through the ages
21 March - 13 June 2002
Portrait of a gentleman scholar: celebrating the life and legacy of Esmond de Beer

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Exhibition gallery location

Exhibitions are mounted in: The de Beer Gallery
First Floor
Central Library
65 Albany Street

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