The Science of Story Experience

Experience the Science of Story at UC San Diego

Some of the greatest works of art fill in the space between what is known and unknown. At UC San Diego, what we imagine on the page today becomes reality in the lab tomorrow. Join us for six days of exceptional programming celebrating how and why we tell the stories that move us. Featured events include:

Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a newcomer to the world of storytelling, The Science of Story promises a week brimming with creativity, inspiration, and entertainment. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unforgettable celebration where science fiction and fantasy ignite the imagination.

Packages and individual event tickets are on sale now. Join us and unlock the magic of storytelling in a world where anything is possible.

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Packages and individual event tickets are on sale now.

Both housing packages include a single room with common living space and shared restrooms + breakfast each day + linens and towels, with beds made prior to arrival + one parking space + one MTS Trolley Pass. 

The Starfleet Package: 5 nights 

Dates: Check-in on Tuesday, July 23, 2024 and Check-out on Sunday, July 28, 2024
Available to: Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer Workshop Attendees who require housing and are staying in San Diego through Sunday, July 27, 2024 

Enterprise Package : 4 nights, Housing Only

Dates: Check-in on Wednesday, July 24, 2024 and Check-out on Sunday, July 28, 2024
Available to: Anyone currently enrolled in the California College Systems (UCs, CSUs, CA Community Colleges) and all UC alumni and their families. 

Parking permits available for purchase at a discounted rate.

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Events at the Epstein Family Amphitheater

Packages and individual event tickets are on sale now.

A Tale of Two Sulus: An Evening with George Takei and John Cho

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
6:30 pm Gates open
7:30 pm Event begins
Epstein Family Amphitheater
Tickets: $25–75

Moderated by composer/director Michael Giacchino

Join us for a captivating evening as we bring together two iconic actors who have both portrayed the legendary character Sulu in the Star Trek universe. “A Tale of Two Sulus” features George Takei and John Cho in a dynamic conversation that delves into their shared legacy as Starfleet’s esteemed helmsman. Beyond their roles in Star Trek, Takei and Cho are celebrated authors of graphic novels and passionate advocates for social justice. This event promises an engaging exploration of their diverse careers, creative endeavors, and the impactful contributions they have made to important causes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from two trailblazing artists whose work continues to inspire and resonate across generations.

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Star Trek (2009) live with film score played by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
6:30 pm Gates open
7:30 pm Event begins
Epstein Family Amphitheater
Tickets: $30–120

Introduction by director and Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino

Experience the thrilling Star Trek saga like never before! Join us for an unforgettable evening as the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs the exhilarating score of Star Trek (2009) live, perfectly synchronized with the film. Relive the epic journey of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise as they face their greatest challenges yet. The symphony’s powerful rendition of Michael Giacchino’s iconic soundtrack will transport you to the final frontier, adding a new dimension to the breathtaking visuals and action-packed scenes. Don’t miss this extraordinary fusion of film and live music, where the adventure boldly continues!

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JAWS Film Screening with pre-show activities provided by UC San Diego’s Craft Center

Friday, July 26, 2024
6:30 pm Gates open
7:30 pm Event begins
Epstein Family Amphitheater
Tickets: $10

Celebrate Shark Week with an unforgettable experience! Relive the suspense and excitement of the classic film that defined the genre, all while celebrating our fascination with these incredible ocean predators. Before the movie, explore fascinating shark exhibits and learn about the real-life counterparts of the iconic great white. This event promises an evening of edge-of-your-seat entertainment and educational fun for the whole family. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy JAWS under the stars, surrounded by the wonders of the deep!

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When will I get my passes?

Upon your arrival you will receive your Experience Packet from your Hospitality Officer at check in.

Where do I check in?

UC San Diego Main Campus. Your Hospitality Officer will email you with pick up instructions and location leading up to your stay.

How do I travel between all the events?

All events on UC San Diego Main Campus are within walking distance of your stay. A map will be provided in your Welcome Packet. 

If you are not staying on campus, your Hospitality Officer will email you with all transportation and location information.

How do I get discounted parking? Or where do I park?

Parking is available at various locations around UC San Diego by permit. Your Hospitality Officer will email you with your parking code for discounted Visitor parking to be used for any Visitor (V) spot through the Park Mobile app or a nearby pay station. Parking is available by the hour or full day and must be purchased each day of stay.  


Package Refund and Transfer Policy

All packages for the Science of Story at UC San Diego are non-refundable.

If you or someone in your party is unable to attend, you may transfer your purchase to other individual(s) by reaching out to the Hospitality Officer assigned to you after your purchase was made, at no cost penalty. Transfers are not valid until you have received confirmation from the Hospitality Officer. Transfers are not guaranteed and are handled on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of UC San Diego.

Badge Cancellation Policy

By registering for the Science of Story at UC San Diego you agree not to sell, trade, transfer, your package confirmation, or badge. In the event that UC San Diego determines that you have violated any of these badge policies, UC San Diego has the right to cancel your badge(s) and keep any money paid by you.

Confirmations and/or badges that have been sold or provided by anyone other than UC San Diego will not be honored by UC San Diego. You must wear and display your badge at all times while on UC San Diego Main Campus. All badges are the property of UC San Diego and must be relinquished to UC San Diego upon request. UC San Diego reserves the right to refuse admission, to refuse service, and/or to cancel/revoke your badge at UC San Diego’s discretion.

Event Cancellation Policy

Triton Box Office has a no refund or exchange policy; however, there are exceptions (i.e. the department will refund in the case of a death in the family or serious illness in which the customer notifies and returns the tickets, canceled or rescheduled events). No refunds are given after the event has been completed.