British Library, London, Out Of This World

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As much as the title suggests an address, in reality it is an exhibition that opened yesterday and that opened my eyes today.

Did you know that the first story about journeying to the moon was written in 2 A.D.? Or that the word robot was coined in 1928 by a Chech playwright?*

The Out Of This World exhibition encompasses all facets of science fiction literature, the ambiguity surrounding its definition and the various subgenres (including my personal favourite, cyberpunk). Personal highlights for me were:

> Trolling an AI
> Seeing the handwritten Wyndham manuscript for The Kraken Wakes
> Listening to H.G. Wells’ recorded voice

The overall exhibition was impressive, although less so than the previous, Evolving English, whose effect was greater because of the sound background of famous speeches.

Still, if you’ve a passing interest in genre fiction, go see it. (For free! Or a nominal donation.)

* This one I did know.

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British Library, London, Out Of This World

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