British Library holds first science-fiction exhibition with talking robots, Doctor Who’s TARDIS and a crashed spaceship.
Add a crashed spaceship, talking robots and Doctor Who’s TARDIS though, and you’ve got something more intriguing that the British Library hopes is going to pull in visitors to its building in London’s Euston Road between now and the end of September.
‘Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as you know it’ is the library’s first exhibition on the genre and as well as books includes film, illustrations and sound.
Guest curator Andy Sawyer, whose day job is science fiction collections librarian at the University of Liverpool, has aimed to challenge visitors’ perceptions by getting them to consider how authors have used their work to address the big questions of life. Who are we? Why are we here? And of course, what does the future hold?
Sci-fi buffs will want to allow plenty of time to look round a collection that ranges from the Bronte manuscripts to more traditional fare like the 1906 Belgian edition of HG Wells’s ‘The War of the Worlds’ pictured above. But with free admission and a handy location a couple of minutes’ walk from King’s Cross station there’s enough for the whole family to make it worth popping in for visit should you be in London over the next few months.
‘Out of This World’ runs until 25 September and is complemented by a programme of talks by top authors and discussion sessions. For the adventurous, there’s a concert on the evening of 17 June featuring the Radio Science Orchestra and Global Communication for which the audience are encouraged to ‘dress futuristically’.
Check out the British Library’s website for more information and details of opening times.