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A sci-fi exhibit is coming to the London Science Museum

The Science Museum in London will host a very exciting science fiction exhibition in exactly one month! Welcome to Science Fiction: Journey to the Edge.

Through more than 70 objects, visitors will discover fascinating connections between important scientific innovations and famous works of science fiction, brought together for the first time in the UK.

The immersive experience will be inspired by an alien spaceship and will feature an AI guide. Land on an unexplored world and gaze upon planet Earth.

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

Apollo 17 A7LB Lunar Extravehicular Mobility Unit Space Suit

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Science fiction discover fascinating connections between important scientific innovations and famous works of science fiction through more than 70 objects, brought together for the first time in the UK. Presented in the exhibition will be classic literature that imagined and inspired new understandings of the world around us, incredible sets and props from iconic films and television that envisioned new life forms and other worlds – from a costume of lieutenant Uhura used on screen Star Trek: The Movieto the Dalek of Doctor Who and a Darth Vader helmet created for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – and contemporary works of art from around the world that explore alternative futures for humanity.

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: 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 chance 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 dystopians could give us the intellectual and emotional tools to imagine and create more utopian futures.

Once inside the exhibit, visitors will explore the spacecraft’s expansive Exploration Deck, filled with iconic objects that the AI ​​guide has identified in science and science fiction that delves into our human will to travel beyond our world.

In the ship’s Bio Lab, visitors will examine what it means to be human with objects that explore how science fiction imagines the evolution and replication of the human form through the representation of cyborgs, AI and editing. of genes.

Responsive robotic head

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Visitors will be able to see sci-fi movie titans of Frankenstein’s monster and Robby the robot from forbidden planet to the Darth Vader helmet created for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Return and the iconic Iron Man armor.

The Bio Lab will also explore how scientists have been inspired by the technological possibilities presented in science fiction, with incredible innovations including prosthetic arms developed by Open Bionics, the smallest pacemaker – the Medtronic Micra – and the unit XPrize-winning DxtER medical diagnostic device, inspired by the medical tricorder used in the star trek franchise.

Visitors will then go on a mission outside, using a wormhole jump gate to visit another world. Upon arriving on the planet, they will enter a strange underworld where they will encounter a beautiful swarm of bioluminescent creatures that interact through the intelligent communication of a collective hive mind, inspired by different depictions of aliens throughout science fiction .

Back on the viewing platform, visitors will be invited to reflect on how science fiction reflects contemporary concerns and challenges. Will be exhibited works including Spend spring at the old wharf by artist Yao Lu, a photocollage that initially appears to be in the style of a traditional Chinese landscape painting, with patterns of natural beauty, which on closer inspection is a landscape filled with trash and construction sites of modern construction.

maria robot

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Visitors will also see a poignant metal urn from Hiroshima, warped by the heat of an atomic explosion, on display alongside a poster of the original Godzillahighlighting how the development of nuclear weapons shaped post-war anxieties.

Visitors will encounter artifacts from films that explore climate change, a society impoverished by water scarcity portrayed in the Kenyan film Pomzi, to the rising floodwaters engulfing Manhattan in the novel New York 2140, and food shortages and poverty illustrated in the graphic novel version by Octavia Butler Parable of the Sower.

Science and science fiction also offer hope that we can overcome or mitigate global challenges and visitors will see a short film featuring scientists and futurists examining the importance of creativity in finding solutions to serious threats with which we are faced.

Visitors will end their journey by overlooking the Earth through a huge window from the observation deck. Few people have savored this unique view from space and this extraordinary sight will offer visitors a moment to reflect on our place in the universe and the boundless creativity and imagination that exists on the blue planet we call home. we.

The exhibition is curated by the Science Museum and designed by Framestore, the BAFTA and Oscar-winning creative studio. Science fiction is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation (Major Funder) and Bridget and David Jacob (Supporters).

Visitors to the science fiction exhibition can explore from October 6, 2022 to May 4, 2023. Tickets are £20 for adults, £19 for seniors,£18 for grants,£10 for school groups and children aged 7 and under are free, as well as discounts for families and groups aged 6 and over.

For more information or to book tickets for Science fiction: journey to the confines of the imaginationplease visit sciencemuseum.org.uk/science-fiction.