RALEIGH, N.C., July 21 -- The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Museum of Natural Sciences issued the following news release:
On the First Friday in August, you are invited to re-discover the ABCs of Science Fiction phenoms. Join us for a viewing of rare 16mm-film versions of science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke, showing in the Main Auditorium of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Friday, August 1, at 7 p.m. Free.
"Rescue Party," by Arthur C Clarke
You are aboard a spaceship from the Galactic Federation, whose mission is to rescue the domed inhabitants of a planet whose sun is about to explode. Gradually you begin to realize that the planet is Earth, but all of its people have mysteriously vanished. As the tension of the search mounts, a philosophical inquiry into the nature and future of humanity carries you to a surprise conclusion. First published in Astounding Science Fiction in May 1946, this was the first story Clarke sold.
"All Summer in a Day," by Ray Bradbury
Spend time with a group of 9-year-old school children who live on the planet Venus, where the sun shines only once every seven years. Meet Margot, who moved to Venus from Earth five years earlier and has a vivid memory of the sun, unfortunately inspiring resentment and treachery among the other kids. This story was originally published in the March 1954 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
All the Troubles of the World," by Isaac Asimov
Learn about an assassination threat against Multivac, a computer that directs much of the world's economic and human existence, and how this threat draws everyone together. This story first appeared in the April 1958 issue of Super Science Fiction.
Receive discounted tickets to "Rainforest Adventure (http://naturalsciences.org/exhibits/special-exhibits)" every First Friday from 5 to 7pm. Swing like a spider monkey. Ride the butterfly zip-line. Discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds and a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. Visitors to this new exhibition are invited to explore one of the least-known habitats on Earth in a fully interactive maze, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest. Prices: Free for Members; All other tickets $5 on First Friday. Rainforest Adventure is designed for families with children ages 3-12.
The Museum stays open from 5 to 9 p.m. on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, or enjoy food and beverages at the Daily Planet Cafe. Additionally, the Museum Stores offer after-hours shopping (till 7pm) and an opening reception for Amy Sawyer, whose show "Audubon Revisited" runs August 1 - September 1 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.
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