Jennifer Boyd inside a Star Trek-style “transporter” exhibit. Photo by Chris Jennewein

An exhibit opening Saturday at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will explore the connection between science fiction and fact.

Could traveling through wormholes become fact? Will we someday communicate through holograms? Those are some of the questions the exhibit attempts to answer.

Organizers say the displays in “Science Fiction, Science Future” will help museum visitors develop a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas and concepts might become the science reality of tomorrow.

Steve Snyder, CEO of the museum, said science fiction is important because it inspires the imagination, which is “such a critical part of science and engineering.”

“I first got into science fiction at eight years old,” he said. “Science fiction put me on a path to science fact.”

The new exhibits at the Fleet examine levitation, Star Trek-style quantum transportation, cyborgs, mind control, travel at the speed of light and more ideas from science fiction.

There is also an exhibit of classic science fiction books and magazines from the Department of Special Collections & University Archives at San Diego State University.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 5 in the Fleet’s main gallery.

Classic science fiction books and magazines from the San Diego State University library on display at the exhibit.
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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.