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"The house of elsewhere", subtitled (in French) "The museum of Utopia, of extraordinary voyages and of science fiction". This establishment in Yverdon, Switzerland, contains about 50,000 items relating to sf, maybe half of them books and magazines, the remainder all sorts of ephemera: Toys, Games, stamps, posters, calendars, etc. Founded in 1975 by Pierre Versins, who donated his celebrated private Collection to it, it was given much-needed financial assistance by the town of Yverdon in 1989, shortage of money having for some years previously restricted it to opening only twice a month. It is the most important research centre for sf in the French language. [PN]

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