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Take Me To Your Leader! The Great Escape Into Space

Exhibition catalogue
Contributors: Stina Högkvist, Jerry Määttä, Jon Bing, Tor Åge Bringsværd, et al.
Editors: Marianne Yvenes (principal), Stina Högkvist, Anita Rebolledo and Ahnikee Østreng
280 pages. Norwegian and English text
ISBN 978-82-8154-053-8
Price: NOK 200


Many contemporary artists are inspired by science fiction in different ways. This was the starting point for the National Museum’s comprehensive exhibition. Science fiction is not only about naïve boyhood fantasties or the many who would regard it as pulp fiction of dubious quality. Rather, it concerns creating an existential mirror-image of the time we live in and reflections about what being human entails. Curator Stina Högkvist provides a broad overview of the development of the genre. The Swedish literary scholar Jerry Määttä tells about how the science fiction genre came to Norway and provides an in-depth explanation of the phenomenon of the science fiction fan. Two of Norway’s foremost experts on science fiction, Jon Bing and Tor Åge Bringsværd, contribute with a fact-based text and separate short stories of their own written for this occasion.