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Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame Nominations Now Open

MoPOP Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

Science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts, we need your help!

The Museum of Pop Culture is currently accepting nominations for our Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, an exhibition that invites visitors to explore the lives and legacies of some of pop culture's most influential creators and creations. 

"The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame was created to honor the genres' greatest practitioners," says MoPOP Senior Curator Brooks Peck. "But also actual creations, especially the game-changers that re-wrote the book on what science fiction and fantasy is."

Our most recent class of inductees included authors Vonda McIntyre and Neil Gaiman, as well as television series Doctor Who and collectible card game Magic: The Gathering—which, as an avid Planeswalker myself, is an inclusion I was particularly proud to see! And that's where part of the fun comes in for you, as MoPOP openly invites all science fiction and fantasy lovers to submit nominations for our next group of SFFHOF honorees. 

To nominate a creator or creation, simply send your suggestion to nominations@mopop.org. Once our nomination window closes, a panel of award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals will narrow the public's nominees down to a list of finalists, at which point the public will get involved again with an online vote to determine MoPOP's next SFFHOF class.

"Having a Hall of Fame for science fiction and fantasy is a way for people who love these genres to be reminded of what's so great about them, as well as giving newcomers ideas on where to begin their explorations," says Peck. "It's a place for discovery. ... There really is something for everyone."

The Hall of Fame exhibition itself explores current inductees through interpretive films, interactive kiosks, and more than 30 artifacts, including Luke Skywalker’s severed hand from George Lucas’ The Empire Strikes Back, the Staff of Ra headpiece from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, author Isaac Asimov’s typewriter, and more.

"Having the physical objects—the costumes, the manuscripts, the props—it just brings it all to life," adds Peck. "You're really reminded that they're these things that people make and handle and they're symbols, each one a little tiny altar in some ways, to show off a piece that is super important or just super cool."

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