The Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection is one of Georgia Tech’s most unique research resources, including well over 8000 cataloged science fiction novels, anthologies, monographs, journals, and films. The collection spans the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries and features items in English, Danish, Russian, French, Japanese, and many more languages. Other special features include rare first edition works by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Edgar Rice Burroughs and the papers of Georgia Tech’s first science fiction scholar, Irving F. “Bud” Foote.

As part of its scholarly mission, The Bud Foote Collection works in tandem with other Georgia Tech units and the greater science fiction community to host events including lecture series, symposia, and conferences. These events attract award winning authors such as Kathleen Ann Goonan, Paul di Filippo, and Kim Stanley Robinson and critically acclaimed scholars such as Anne Mellor, and Rhonda H. Wilcox. The Collection also works closely with professors across campus to support archival research projects and design instructional units for undergraduate and graduate classes. Finally, it provides the research base for Georgia Tech’s Science Fiction Laboratory and Sci Fi Lab radio program.

The Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection was officially inaugurated in 1999 when Bud Foote, professor emeritus in Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Communication, and Culture (LCC), donated his personal science fiction collection to the institute’s library. Other important contributors to the Collection include science fiction author David Brin, science fiction scholar Richard Ehrlich, the Atlanta Science Fiction Society, and Dr. Thomas Patrick Malone, father of Georgia Tech alumni Thomas Patrick Malone II. All currently available items are listed in Georgia Tech’s online catalogue system GIL.

The Bud Foote Collection includes first edition scientific romances and utopias from the late nineteenth century and most of the major novels published by science fiction authors throughout the twentieth century. Special features include first editions of David Brin’s major works (both in English and in translation) and a complete run of the Ballantine Fantasy Series.

The Collection is housed in the Georgia Tech Library Archives. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Collection holdings do not circulate, but may be used in the Archives reading room. Photocopies of materials are available by phone request (404-894-4586) and through Interlibrary Loan if the donor has not restricted that privilege.


For information about the collection’s history and content, contact Professor Lisa Yaszek.  For information about Georgia Tech’s library and archival services, contact Visual Arts Archivist Jody Thompson   For information about this website, contact Betsy Gooch.  Images: S. Guynup