Mabee Farm Historic Site Kicks Off Science Fiction Exhibit with Reading from Celebrated Writer, Barry B. Longyear

Rotterdam Junction, N.Y. - The Mabee Farm Historic Site, part of the Schenectady County Historical Society, will open its new exhibit, "It Came From Schenectady: Science Fiction in the Capital Region" on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00
p.m. with a reception and book talk and signing featuring
award-winning science-fiction author Barry B. Longyear.

Download a poster for the "It Came From Schenectady" exhibit.

Download a flyer for the Longyear book talk. 

The interactive exhibit will explore the legacy of science fiction in Schenectady County, including acclaimed writer Kurt Vonnegut who lived in Schenectady County while working for GE, and other science fiction innovators such as Ray Nelson and Glendora. Featured in the exhibit is an Apollo
EMU spacesuit. Visitors can also try on an Apollo spacesuit replica.

The exhibit will also include experimental equipment and machinery from GE, original science fiction cover art, hand-made costumes, an interactive studio set, film footage, and a hands-on typewriter identical to the one used by Kurt Vonnegut.

Kicking off the exhibit is a book talk and signing with Barry B. Longyear, the award-winning author of "It Came from Schenectady." Longyear will read his short story "Dreams," and will discuss how the short story and the rest of the "It Came from Schenectady" collection came about. Longyear will also talk about his current work, and will take questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served.

Longyear is the first writer to win the prestigious science fiction Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer all in the same year. In addition to his acclaimed "Enemy Mine" series, his works include the "Circus World" and "Infinity Hold" series, "Sea of Glass", "It Came from Schenectady", other SF & fantasy novels, recovery works, and writing instruction works, like "The Write Stuff", as well
as numerous short stories.

Mabee Farm Historic Site is located at 1100 Main St., Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150. Admission to the event is $5.00, free for members of the Schenectady County Historical Society. For more information please visit or contact Mary Zawacki at 518-887-5073 or



Contact: Mary Zawacki, Schenectady County Historical Society / (518) 887-5073