The British Library, in association with the Discovery Channel, have put
together an exhibition of the history of science fiction: From its bizarre
originss in Greek literature through George Orwell, HP Lovecraft and J G Ballard
to TheHitchhiker'ss Guide To The Galaxy, BryanTalbot'ss “Grandville” and Doctor
The exhibition shows the progression and rising popularity of science fiction
as a literary genre and human preoccupation, including the rise of Steampunk,
and the real world events that influenced it as well as when science fiction
became plain science! The exhibit is, of course, book based but that doesn't
mean it's just a series of dry, dusty tomes in glass cases! Aside from the giant
War of the Worlds style Tripod, crashed spaceship and Tardis, there are also
lots of things to do, like the chance to design your own alien, chat with
Elizabeth the chat-bot to help her be the first to pass the Turin test and test
your own knowledge with virtual quiz.
The exhibition is running until the 25th September 2011 at the British
Library, admission is FREE.
Find out more here