Monday, April 26, 2010

Reserve free tickets to Science Fiction Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony starting May 10

Reposted on behalf of EMP/SFM:

EMP|SFM Announces the 2010 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductions

Reserve free tickets to ceremony starting May 10

SEATTLE—Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum is proud to announce the 2010 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductions. On Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 4:30 p.m., four science fiction luminaries will be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Those being honored this year are: Octavia E. Butler, Richard Matheson, Douglas Trumbull and Roger Zelazny. The induction ceremony will be held in the JBL Theater at EMP|SFM. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is part of the annual Science Fiction Weekend which includes The Locus Awards and NW Media Arts writing workshops.

Tickets to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are free and can be reserved starting May 10 by calling the EMP|SFM box office at 206-770-2702.

As part of the induction, the inductees will be featured in laser-etched images on the translucent, glowing Hall of Fame display. The 2010 inductees’ images will be revealed in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame Saturday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the second level of the science fiction galleries at EMP|SFM. This will be an opportunity for museum guests to take photos of the inductees and their families.


The Science Fiction Hall of Fame honors the lives, work and ongoing legacies of science fiction's greatest creators. Founded in 1996, the Hall of Fame was relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at EMP|SFM in 2004. Hall of Fame nominations are submitted by EMP|SFM members. The final inductees are chosen by a panel of award-winning science fiction authors, artists, editors, publishers and film professionals.


Octavia E. Butler

1947 - 2006

American author

Octavia E. Butler merged science fiction with themes of gender, race and other social issues. An introspective child, she began writing at the age of 10 to escape self-described “loneliness and boredom,” and her first novel, Patternmaster (1976), is ostensibly a reworking of one of her childhood stories. It became part of the five-book Patternist series, which explores topics of biology, power and enslavement. Butler’s most renowned novel, Kindred (1979), is also a modern exploration of slavery that she described as “grim fantasy” rather than science fiction. She won her first Nebula and Hugo awards for the novelette Bloodchild (1984), and would later earn such honors as the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the PEN American Center lifetime achievement award. Butler is notable for being a female African American writer of science fiction—a rarity—but mainly she’s notable as one of the most eminent science fiction writers overall.


Richard Matheson

1926 -

American author, screenwriter

Richard Matheson is among the most prolific and quietly recognizable authors of science fiction short stories, novels and screenplays. His first short story, “Born of Man and Woman,” was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. Although written as a simple tale of terror, the tale was lauded as a great work of science fiction, earning Matheson immediate fame. Matheson transitioned to TV and film writing in the late 1960s, adapting a number of his stories and novels for the screen. Among his most notable film adaptations are his first novel I Am Legend (1954; filmed originally as The Omega Man, 1971), and The Shrinking Man (1956; filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, 1957) for which he earned a Hugo award. Matheson’s publications and film work often explore themes of human existence facing alternate reality and incorporate the paranormal, terror, survival and ardor.


Douglas Trumbull

1942 -

American visual effects artist and director

Douglas Trumbull has forged a multi-faceted career as an innovative master of special effects, a visionary filmmaker, and an entrepreneur. Born in Los Angeles, Trumbull began his career as a technical illustrator for Graphic Films, a small animation and graphic arts studio that produced documentary films for NASA and the Air Force. His work on the Graphic Films feature Journey Beyond the Stars caught the attention of director Stanley Kubrick and resulted in Trumbull’s hire as special effects supervisor on Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film utilized Trumbull’s own process of slit-scan photography to obtain the more abstract sequences. This groundbreaking technique contributed to the film’s critical acclaim and established Trumbull as one of the top names in motion picture special effects. Trumbull continued to impart his special effects talents on such landmark science fiction films as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and Blade Runner (1982), each one earning him an Academy Award nomination.

Roger Zelazny

1937 - 1995

American author

Roger Zelazny was one of the foremost writers of science fiction’s New Wave movement, authoring short stories and novels packed with both psychological and mythological structures. After earning his B.A. in English at Western Reserve University, Zelazny continued with graduate studies at Columbia University, specializing in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. It was only after earning his M.A. in 1962 that Zelazny took serious steps towards writing professionally when he penned the short story “Passion Play” (Amazing Stories, 1962) followed by “Horseman!” (Fantastic, 1962). Zelazny continued to prosper in short fiction. Among his best-known works are “A Rose for Ecclesiastes” (1969), This Immortal (1966), and Lord of Light (1967), the latter two novels earning him Hugo awards. During the course of his career, Zelazny received six Hugo awards and three Nebula awards.

Winter hours through May 27, 2010, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours May 28-September 6, 2010, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

$15 for adults; $12 for youth (ages 5-17), students, military and seniors; free for members and children under 5

325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free

Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music and the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction.

Since EMP opened in 2000 and SFM in 2004, EMP|SFM has welcomed more than 4.5 million visitors through its doors. From its museum planning stages in 1998 through 2009, EMP|SFM has been a key economic driver among Seattle nonprofit arts and culture organizations, with combined EMP|SFM institutional expenditures and EMP|SFM audience-member spending resulting in $651 million dollars of local economic impact. EMP|SFM is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

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