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Local Inspiration – Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 at the Smithsonian

Opening last month (July), this exhibit on Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 at the American History Museum
(12th and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC) explores the intersecting influences of science, innovation, industry, and the Victorian creative imagination through books from the Smithsonian Libraries and selected historical objects.

The industrial revolution and its attendant advances in science and art paved the way for a period of dramatic change in America and Europe. The public was enthralled by the rapid invention and scientific discoveries that characterized the age. Science became spectacle, and such literary luminaries as Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, and Edgar Allan Poe responded, crafting fiction that explored the farthest reaches of the new scientific landscape and the startling possibilities this new knowledge uncovered.

Frank Reade Magazine Cover with Flying ShipsFor those of you who cannot partake of this in person here in Washington, DC, they have a fascinating online exhibit broken into 7 separate areas:

  1. Terra Incognita – Adventure and Exploration: To the Far Reaches of the World
  2. The Age of Aeronaut – The Dawn of Flight
  3. Infinite Worlds – Exploring the Universe and Seeking Extraterrestrial Life
  4. The Body Electric – Inspiring Frankenstein
  5. Rise of the Machines – Technology Comes to Life
  6. Sea Change – Underwater Worlds: Fathoming the Deep
  7. Underworld – Fossils and Geology: What Lies Beneath?

Also, their blog has a great collection of posts relevant to “Fantastic Worlds,” history, science, technology, fiction, and adventure.


Choose Your Own Adventure – Twas the Night Before Christmas Part 1

Twas the Night before Christmas (Choose Your Own Adventure)
 With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. 

and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.


The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,


On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.

 


As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Where the Story Takes a Left Turn!


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