A new exhibition dedicated to science fiction has opened at the British Library in London.
Yesterday was once again predicted to be the end of the world…CUPtopia is predicting that is once again time to leave this world.
Literature is our guide, let’s take a quick trip. ( CUPtopia is on day 275 of a year in Utopia, maybe we should extend our trip? )
Lesson / Koan : Worlds for all.
‘Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it‘ : is the British Library’s first exhibition to explore the genre of science fiction through literature, film, illustration and sound.
Past visions of an organised and utopian world have often been wide of the mark.
Will today’s ideas of the future soon look old-fashioned?
Are the images of science fiction those of nostalgia for a past that was never possible rather than a future that we could create?
‘Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it‘ – a major British Library exhibition on the scope and nature of science fiction – reveals what science fiction has achieved and seeks to achieve. It shows its history over the last two thousand years and its international importance. Divided into six sections – Alien Worlds, Parallel Worlds, Future Worlds, Virtual Worlds, Perfect Worlds and The End of the World – the exhibition explores how science fiction has responded to the impact of science, technology and socio-political change on ourselves and our societies.
The exhibition traces how science fiction has turned from a niche pursuit into a global phenomenon. ( The so-called alternative literature now is mainstream, it only took 19 centuries. )
Highlights of the exhibition include Lucian of Samasota’s True History, a 2nd Century work described as “the first known text that could be called science fiction“. The story follows a group of adventurers who visit a number of fantastical lands and end up on the Moon.
Books on display at the exhibition, which is open to the public from May 20 until September 25, 2011 – include a first edition of Thomas More’s Utopia and Luigi Serafini’s encyclopaedia of an imaginary world Codex Seraphinius.
In 1983 Italian artist and designer Luigi Serafini produced Codex Seraphinianus – an encyclopaedia of an imaginary world, written in an imaginary language which has yet to be deciphered.