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After Dark: Science Fiction

August 7

After Dark: Science Fiction

Thursday, August 7, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Location:  Exploratorium Pier 15

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission:  $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members

Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

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Enter the alternate worlds of Science Fiction and encounter scientific realities converging with our own. Explore racially inclusive futurisms with Jamaican-born novelist Nalo Hopkinson, and join an irreverent tour of robot history with robotics engineer Dave Grossman. Soar with Birdly, a full-body flight simulator, or take a fantastic voyage through a glass brain from UCSF’s Neuroscape Lab. Meet microscopic space travelers with Dr. Karen Kalumuck, and learn how the imagined technologies of yesterday became the gadgets of today with Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman. Augment your reality with glowing plants, musical sand, sentient gardens, and other truths stranger than fiction at After Dark.

Free Bicycle Valet Parking
Ride your bike to Science Fiction and receive free, secured valet parking courtesy of the Exploratorium and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. From 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., SFBC attendants will be waiting in the Plaza on the Embarcadero to park your bike.



ID in SF&F: Imaginative Engines of Science, Technology, and Social Justice
With Nalo Hopkinson
7:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Stranger Than Fiction: The Creatures Under Our Feet
With Karen Kalumuck
6:30, 7:45, and 9:00 p.m.
Microscope Imaging Station, East Corridor

Carnivorous Plant Dissection
With the Explainers
6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m.
East Gallery

History of Robots: Fantasy and Reality
With Dave Grossman
7:00 p.m.
Bay Observatory Gallery

Glass Brain Project
With John Fesenko
7:30, 8:15, and 9:00 p.m.
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Science Fiction Turned Fact
With Ron Hipschman
8:30 p.m.
Bay Observatory Gallery


Zephyr Solar Car
With CalSol
6:00–10:00 p.m.
The Plaza

Fly Like a Bird
With Birdly
West Gallery
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Extremely limited capacity. Spots will be raffled off at the top of each hour.

Blumen Lumen
With Joerg Student
6:00–10:00 p.m.
North Gallery

Sand Noise Device
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Central Gallery

Glowing Plant
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Central Gallery
Limited viewing capacity.

The Drake Equation
With Explorables
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Central Gallery

Super Science: The Genetics Behind Superheroes
With the UCSF/UCB iGEM Team
6:30–9:30 p.m.
East Corridor

Conscious Turf Crew
7:00–10:00 p.m.
Throughout the museum

Outdoor Light Painting
With Tinkering Studio Staff
8:30–10:00 p.m.
North Gallery


La Jetée
6:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Science and Fiction: Short Films
9:00 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Mars & Beyond
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Mind Cinema, West Gallery

Le Voyage de la lune
6:00–10:00 p.m.
West Gallery