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Life, the Universe, & Everything records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 5418

Scope and Contents

Collection of minutes and proceedings, a mission statement and a brief history of the symposium, 1993-2008.


  • 1993-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Administrative History

Since 1982, "Life, the Universe and Everything: The Marion K. 'Doc' Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy," has contributed to an enriched BYU education by bringing together the finest local and national authors, editors, scholars, and artists in speculative fiction. It is the only student-run symposium of its type in the U.S., and it proudly maintains a tradition of free admission and excellent content. Begun by scholar and genre visionary Mario "Doc" Smith in the early 1980s, the symposium now honors his memory and continues his legacy. As the title suggests, there is nothing that falls outside the realms of speculation, and creativity in science fiction and fantasy is not limited to the probable, but extends beyond the possible to the impossible, the improbable, and the imaginative. The purpose of this symposium are first, to provide a venue for scholarly examination of these genres; second, to accommodate and facilitate personal contact between aspiring and professional practitioners in the field; and third, to combine the depth of an academic symposium with the excitement of a science fiction convention. We are passionately devoted to the promise that the thought experiment of speculative fiction, in its breadth, variety, and color, is a rich personal and social laboratory for exploring the spiritual foundations of our temporal world.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by the Life, the Universe, & Everything in August 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Life, the Universe, & Everything; August 2008.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; September 2008.

Register of the Life, the Universe, & Everything records
Elizabeth West
September 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US