This exhibit was created as part of the Amazing Stories project, which was supported by the 2018 UMBC Interdisciplinary CoLab. For more information please visit

Our interdisciplinary team includes Rebecca Wireman (B.A. in Media and Communication Studies, Minor in Gender and Women's Studies, 2018), Marzuq Hakim (B.S. in Computer Science, 2021), and Ashley Mitchell (B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2020).

The interdisciplinary team of researchers conducted narrative-based research on the Coslet-Sapienza Fantasy and Science Fiction Fanzine Collection in order to explore various themes including identity, community, consumption, labor, and the politics of alternative culture.

Special thanks to...

Dr. Donald Snyder, senior lecturer in the Media and Communications Studies Department for his mentorship and continuous guidance throughout the project.

Susan Graham and Lindsey Loeper, the Special Collections librarians, for providing instructions on how to perform research in Special Collections and supplemental resources.

Robin Martin, a Special Collections library service technician, for assisting in access to materials.

Rachel Carter and Dr. Carole McCann, Interdisciplinary CoLab Program facilitators, for providing feedback and support during our experience with the CoLab.

President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous for meeting with us to discuss our project.