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YouTube Series on Science Fiction and Fantasy

A new series from UCTV Prime, the University of California’s YouTube original channel, takes viewers inside UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection, claimed to be the world’s largest, publicly accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian fiction.

“It Came from Riverside: Inside the World’s Largest Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy” reveals some of the archive’s most treasured possessions, illuminates the genre’s evolution in popular culture, and demonstrates its growing acceptance within literary and academic circles.

Two episodes are now available at http://www.youtube.com/uctvprime, along with bonus blog content at http://www.uctv.tv/science-fiction. The third installment premieres July 13, with additional episodes later this summer.

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The Eaton Collection consists of over 300,000 items. It begins with the 1517 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia and includes first editions of many seminal works including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) and H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine (1895).

The collection also includes more than 50,000 science fiction-themed comic books as well as an expansive collection of scholarly studies on science fiction and fantasy in the United States.

UCTV Prime is said to be the first university-run channel to be included among YouTube’s new production partnerships with recognizable brands. With documentary mini-series, interviews, commentaries and video shorts each week, UCTV Prime draws on the knowledge resources of the University of California’s ten campuses, five medical schools, three national labs and other affiliated institutions.

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UCTV is available worldwide via live stream, video archives and podcasting at http://www.uctv.tv, on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/uctv and http://www.youtube.com/uctvprime, on iTunesU in the Beyond Campus section, and on cable in select cities throughout California. For a complete list of UCTV’s outlets, visit http://www.uctv.tv/wheretowatch.

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