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The future is now with Science Fiction, Science Future at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The latest traveling exhibition brings the science of the future into the present. Opening on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in the Fleet's main exhibit gallery.

April 26, 2016

San DiegoHave you ever wanted to move objects with your mind? Play games with a robot? Or trade in your commute for teleportation?

Science Fiction, Science Future, the latest traveling exhibition at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, brings the science of the future into the present when it opens on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in the Fleet Science Center's main exhibit gallery.

Science Fiction, Science Future brings to life innovations and inventions that were previously only considered possible in science-fiction films and literature. The exhibition engages visitors with hands-on and full-body experiences incorporating robots, invisibility, mind control, holograms, augmented reality and more. Just like in science fiction, curiosity, innovation and imagination underpin many scientific principles. The exhibits in Science Fiction, Science Future enable visitors to develop a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas and concepts might become the science reality of tomorrow.

The diversity of interactive exhibits of Science Fiction, Science Future include examples from every corner of the science-fiction universe. "Hey, That Robot's Copying Me" lets visitors interact with a robot to see it analyze and mimic their emotions. In "Mind Control," visitors compete against one another to see who can move a ball using only their brain waves. "Design a Cyborg" offers a range of organic and synthetic parts to create a customized cyborg of the future. "A Holographic Future" explores how we might one day communicate through holograms. "Wormholes Through Space" reveals what a wormhole is and how we could travel through one. "Our Quantum Future" is a classic demonstration of light and explores quantum physics and the possibilities of transporter technology in the future. "Future Past" takes a look at the visions people had of the future from the 1890s to the present day.

Science Fiction, Science Future was created by the renowned Scitech Discovery Centre in Perth, Australia. The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to practice important science literacy skills, including thinking critically, exhibiting curiosity and assessing fiction versus fact. It also encourages visitors to be aware of the positive role science and science fiction play in society, and it provides the insight to be able to engage in social or political debates related to science.

"Science fiction has always been an incredible source of inspiration for scientists and innovators," said Steve Snyder, CEO of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. "Our hope is that Science Fiction, Science Future inspires visitors to expand their appreciation the stories and ideas in science fiction, and the innovations and possibilities they have inspired in science reality."

With interactive, engaging exhibits that challenge the mind and body and a stunning visual environment, this exhibition sets the stage for a unique journey of science exploration, curiosity and discovery.

Science Fiction, Science Future is open daily beginning Saturday, May 21, through September 5, 2016, in the Fleet's main exhibit gallery. The exhibition is included with science center admission.

This exhibition was created by Scitech Discovery Centre, Perth, Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc.

Science Fiction, Science Future at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is sponsored in part by Genentech.

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To schedule a media preview of Science Fiction, Science Future, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or
Interviews can be scheduled with the Fleet's CEO, Dr. Steve Snyder, and representatives from the Fleet's exhibition team.
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You're invited to the VIP/Media Preview Party!
Members of the media are invited to join us for our VIP/Media Preview Party for Science Fiction, Science Future on Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a brief introduction by Steve Snyder, CEO of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Refreshments will be served.
In addition to the preview of the exhibition, the party will also feature live interactives of futuristic technology from local San Diego scientists. Attendees will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of hover technology, learn about distant exoplanets, witness current resonating off a Tesla coil and play a mind control video game.
If you and a guest would like to attend the preview party for Science Fiction, Science Future, please RSVP to Nathan Young, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations and Promotions Manager, at 619-685-5743 or Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, May 13, 2016.
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About Imagine Exhibitions

Imagine Exhibitions is the global resource for all things related to exhibitions. From design to creation, placement to presentation, marketing and operations, Imagine has the experience and inspiration to bring the best possible exhibition to any venue. Imagine is currently producing and touring over 25 exhibitions worldwide. For more information, visit or visit its Facebook page.

About Scitech

Scitech has been designing and building remarkable interactive science exhibitions since 1988. Based in Perth, Western Australia, Scitech has a mandate to inspire and engage the community in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and has built a reputation for quality and relevant hands-on experiences. With themes that range from space exploration to uncovering the microcosms in your own backyard, Scitech's exhibitions travel throughout North America, Asia and the Middle East, facilitated by local agents such as Imagine Exhibitions.



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit