Sat, Jan 01, 2005
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas
In keeping with our look ahead into
2005, how about a review of the future? Most museums can show you
history. Seattle's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM)
opened its doors in spring 2004 to devoted fans and newly initiated
interplanetary explorers, who will boldly go where no one has gone
before (and we don't mean the commisary).
It's a proven hit, with attendance quickly surpassing
projections. Rich with innovative exhibits and educational
programming, SFM explores the possibilities of the universe through
its major theme of science fiction's impact on technology, the arts
and society as a whole. First year highlights included the autumn
Readings + Films series, which explored classic science fiction
movies such as The Empire Strikes Back, 2001, A Space Odyssey and
The Day the Earth Stood Still. Writer appearances featured some big
names in science fiction such as Vonda N. McIntyre, Greg Bear,
Lucius Shepard and others.
SFM also put on exclusive preview screenings of the film, Sky
Captain and the World of Tomorrow and the TV mini-series, Legend of
Earthsea. As a prelude to Halloween, SFM opened a comprehensive
"The War of the Worlds" display featuring first editions of H.G.
Wells' classic book and artifacts highlighting Orson Welles'
radiobroadcast, George Pal's film and other versions of the story.
Looking to the future (as always), SFM plans to launch new exhibits
featuring some of science fiction's most popular franchises.
(Firefly and the upcoming movie Serenity would make a great
The museum will also continue to expand its innovative
educational programs, including the Readings + Films series. Some
of the 2005 presentations include an exclusive preview for SFM
members of the two-hour Season Premiere of the NEW SCI FI Original
Series Battlestar Galactica. The actual TV season premiere is
Friday, Jan 14, so SFM members are getting a one-of-a-kind sneak
preview. The schedule is already filling up with author and
scientist meet and greet. They'll read from their works, discuss
the future, field your questions, and sign books.
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