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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

A range of fascinating artefacts from the history of science fiction are on display at "Into the Unknown", an exhibition currently running in London's Barbican Centre. We went along to check out the cool movie props, imaginative concept art and original sci-fi classics imagining infinity and beyond.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

The exhibition is suited and booted with a selection of natty duds from space, including these spacesuits from Star Trek and "Moon".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Striking spacesuits from recent astronaut adventures "Interstellar" and "Sunshine".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

The unusually-designed spacesuit worn by John Hurt's ill-fated character Kane in the film "Alien".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

A script by Arthur C Clarke with the title crossed out and a new name handwritten in: "2001: A Space Odyssey".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Sci-fi fans will recognise many of these iconic books.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

A copy of the sci-fi forerunner "Niels Klim's Underground Travels" by Ludvig Holberg, first published in 1741.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

An early edition of Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island", one of the many classic science fiction tomes on display.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

The exhibition includes models of fantastical craft like Captain Nemo's submarine Nautilus 1 and Robur's flying machine the Terror from the stories of HG Wells and Jules Verne. 

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Fantastic and startling stories of wonder fill these vintage pulp sci-fi magazines.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Many of these sci-fi classics have been turned into movies, but not always faithfully.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Original artwork by HR Giger for "Alien 3".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Concept art from "The Empire Strikes Back" showing Luke Skywalker meeting an early version of Yoda.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

They mostly come at night ... mostly: a fearsome model alien head.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Striking helmets from "Stargate".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Prop helmets worn by actors in the original Star Wars movies.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

The lusty life-form Sil from "Species", an example of sexy sci-fi movies.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Model dinosaurs built by legendary effects wizard Ray Harryhausen for this much-loved 1966 classic.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

The models, built for stop motion animation, are surprisingly small but richly detailed.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Much of the joy of science fiction comes from imagining how these fantastical creations might work. Here's a cutaway illustration of a fictional space station.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

This agridome model pulled double duty in both "Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Welcome to Earth!

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

The dimensional portal prop from "Red Dwarf".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

A range of Godzilla models from the classic Japanese monster movie series.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Transparencies from Ridley Scott's 1982 classic "Blade Runner".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

A Class B-9-M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot -- otherwise known as Robot.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

Bidi-bidi-bidi -- it's the costume worn by loveable sidekick Twiki in "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century".

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

This is just a picture of some cool robots.

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Into the Unknown

Star Trek and "Moon"

"Interstellar" and "Sunshine"

"Alien"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Science fiction novels

Niels Klim's Underground Travels

"L'Île mystérieuse"

Wells and Verne

Startling stories

Sci-fi novels

"Alien 3"

"Star Wars"

"Aliens"

"Stargate"

Star Wars

"Species"

"One Million Years BC"

"One Million Years BC"

Space station

"Silent Running" and "Battlestar Galactica"

"Independence Day"

"Red Dwarf"

Godzilla!

"Blade Runner"

"Lost in Space"

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

Robots!

Into the Unknown

"Into the Unknown" runs at the Barbican centre in London until 1 September.

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