Ward Shelley’s "History of Science Fiction"

Ward Shelley’s "History of Science Fiction"

Ward Shelley’s "History of Science Fiction"

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March 9 2011 10:46 AM

Ward Shelley’s "History of Science Fiction"

Every year since 2005, the competitive exhibit Places and Spaces: Mapping Science has selected ten maps and data visualizations to add to its growing collection.The most eye-popping of thisyear's crop of finalists is Ward Shelley's twisty, tentacle-y "History ofScience Fiction." Now, at a single glance, you can finally see how the Enlightenment gavebirth to cyber punk:

 

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Like the Connecticut-based artist's previous art timelines , this"graphic chronology" is hand drawn and painted on Mylar.

[ Via MetaFilter . More information on the exhibit at Wired Science .]

Image courtesy of WardShelley/Parsons The New School for Design.

Update Mar. 14: Click here to read Brow Beat's interview with Ward Shelley .  

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Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.