JohnCon Has It All

Paintball, magic, tournaments, laser tag, comedy — where can you get all of this at the same event? That would be JohnCon (April 14-16)! JohnCon is the annual convention of JHU’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (HopSFA). It’s held in Levering Hall from Friday evening to Sunday evening, with NO stops. None. These people are […]


Watership Down – Book, Film, and Music

“Do tell me how I can help you,” said the Chief Rabbit. “Well sir,’ said Hazel rather hesitantly, ‘it’s because of my brother — Fiver here. He can often tell when there’s anything bad about, and I’ve found him right again and again. He knew the flood was coming last autumn,…and now he says he […]


Fun Bad Science Fiction

Hi, everyone! Sci Fi Librarian is here to look ahead to when you’ll be finished with exams and have some time to watch science fiction movies again. My brain will be fried by then. Modern sci fi movies make me think too much. Then let’s choose movies that are just mindless sci fi fun. Get […]


A Secret Weapon for You

Your librarians know a lot of things. A lot of things. That knowledge comes from many sources, including our widely differing kinds of experience; the kind of books and shows and music we like; and our various academic degrees, including a master’s degree from an accredited school of information science. But librarians have another source […]


Unconventional Medicine (and the Baltimore Marathon)

The intriguing topic of “unconventional medicine” is the theme of this year’s Conversations in Medicine speaker series. Today’s medical field is incredibly interdisciplinary. Fascinating and non-traditional careers, related to healthcare but not necessarily requiring an MD, are everywhere. For example: work with Doctors without Borders write science fiction like Michael Crichton did (this is an […]


APL Technical Digest – Now 100% Online

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) built a craft for NASA that’s been in space for a decade and passed Pluto last year. And remember the little “pill” that Senator and former astronaut John Glenn swallowed before he went into space the second time? That was mostly developed by APL. A few months ago, […]


Stars of Science Fiction and Fantasy

It’s always the right season to read science fiction or fantasy. Here are two important writers whose work you might want to explore. Kurt Vonnegut Vonnegut was an American author who made unforgettable contributions to literature (there are more than 70 dissertations related to his work). The library has quite a few books about him […]


Dragons!

Fire. Teeth. Scales. Wings. But also: intelligence, age, wisdom, greed, strategy. Who are some noteworthy dragons? Everyone knows Smaug, the clever, deadly creature who slept on top of a cavernful of treasure that he’d stolen. We also know the murderous Basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets at Hogwart’s. Yet, many dragons are good and act […]


JHU Alumni, This is for You!

You’ve graduated: congratulations! How does your new status affect how you can use the library? Here is information that will help you. You can enter the library IF you show the guard some form of photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport, ID from another institution of higher ed,…) You can borrow our books IF you buy […]


Google NGram Viewer — “Culturomics”?

The NGram Viewer from Google made a splash when it was introduced in December of 2010. It is essentially a data-mining application that enables queries against Google’s massive digitized books corpus.  Researchers behind the Google Books project wrote about the Viewer in the ambitiously titled Science article “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized […]