Because a university thoroughly dedicated to science wouldn't be truly complete without a Science Fiction Club!
Where is Spectre?
Spectre is located in SAC 22; the room is on combination 42. Presently, books may be checked out using the computer. Checkout instructions are on the side of the monitor.
What is the Spectre combo?
42 (press both at the same time)
The main purpose of Spectre is to provide Caltech with quality speculative fiction. We have a heavy focus on science fiction but also offer selections from fantasy, historical fiction, alternative histories, relevant nonfiction, and various other genres.
You may search and view our full catalogue of books in our database.
We're not just a library; we also hold social events. Our calendar is accessible via Google Calendar.
We hope to hold at least one Spectre event per term, such as showing a particularly good or particularly bad speculative fiction film, attending a convention, or holding a reading of the Eye of Argon.
You do not need to be a member to check out or read books, you just need a library account. This is also free for you, and also gets us funding.
Donations and Purchases
Spectre is happy to accept science fiction and fantasy books from people who are not Caltech undergrads, as well as alumni who have been graduated for at least one year. We institute this waiting period to ensure that people don't give away treasured possessions out of irrational emotions around graduation. Exceptions will be made for anyone who can convince us they don't want to lug books across the country with them.
We are also willing to negotiate purchases or exchanges if you have books we may be interested in, and have a reasonable budget for buying new materials. Contact us for more information.
Also in at the ground floor were Daniel Rowlands and Eric Chin. Thanks to our friends who have helped make us great: Aliza Malz, Randall Wald, Jamie Jackson, Glenn Wagner, Alexander Rapp, Cathy Douglass, Alex Roper, Jason Cerundolo, Marty Rosenberg, Isaac Sheff, Jen Greco, and Peter Polko.