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A New Sci-Fi Exhibit Is Coming To The Science Museum – SEENIT

A new exhibit exploring how scientists and science fiction makers have inspired each other will open at the Science Museum next month.

Science Fiction: Journey to the Edge of the Imagination will place visitors in the heart of an interactive science fiction story in which they will board an alien spacecraft accompanied by an AI guide, land in an unexplored world and contemplate the planet Earth.

The immersive experience, featuring specially developed extraterrestrial language, was designed by award-winning creative studio Framestore and curated by the Science Museum Group.

Exhibits on display will include classic literature such as a first edition Jules Verne From the Earth, a model of the USS Enterprise signed by Nichelle Nicols and George Takei, a hypersleep chamber from Prometheus, a golden spacesuit from Sunshine and a Pan-African flag and Traveler Suit from artist Larry Achiampong’s Relic Traveler series.

Other highlights include Daleks, an alien from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a scale model of a radio telescope used by SETI scientists in their attempts to detect intelligent life, a model Saturn V rocket and a replica of the Apollo 17 Space Suit worn by Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon.

Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group, said: “Science fiction invites us all to be explorers, to venture through time and space while pondering the deepest existential question that or: what makes us human?

“Our ambitious exhibition is unlike any other and I can’t wait for visitors to join us on this immersive and interactive journey through the extraordinary worlds of science fiction and scientific discovery.”

Dr Glyn Morgan, the exhibit’s senior curator, said: ‘Science fiction offers us the opportunity to observe our own planet and consider our impact on it.

“Visitors will see a bright future the genre has imagined and come face to face with some of the greatest threats to our existence – climate change, ecological devastation and nuclear war – as we invite them to reflect on how imaginations often dystopian could give us the intellectual and emotional tools to imagine and create more utopian futures.

Science fiction: journey to the confines of the imagination
October 6, 2022 – May 4, 2023
Tickets: sciencemuseum.org.uk/science-fiction