Spanning nearly 200 years and over 150 books, comic books and movies, this review, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name, is one of the most comprehensive ever chronological explorations of science fiction. Jon Jardine’s selection of highlights spans from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) to Ridley Scott’s The Martian (2015).
For over a century the progressive architects of the modern world have inspired the creators of science-fiction to speculate about the future. The vivid imagery and the imaginary cities of science-fiction have, in turn, sparked the imaginations of generations of architects.
This book explores the parallel evolutions of science-fiction and architectural modernism from the earliest visionaries via the technological urban concepts of the italian Futurists, Le Corbusier's radiant city, the 'pulp' comic-book serials of the 1930's, the pervasive influence of Frank Lloyd Wright, streamlined transportation, the geodesic world of Buckminster Fuller, atomic age threats of armageddon, to dehumanising computer simulations of the future.
Cross-cutting between these themes, it also provides insights to how both have helped shape contemporary society. Adventure in Space (and time) to explore the history of science-fiction and the special role that architecture has played in envisaging these future worlds.