Science Fiction Hall of Fame to Induct Ed Emshwiller, Gene Roddenberry, Ridley Scott and Gene Wolfe2007 ceremony to honor science fiction masters in art, television, film and literature
SEATTLE — The Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) announced today the inductees for its 2007 Science Fiction Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Ed Emshwiller
(Art Category), Gene Roddenberry
(Film, Television and Media Category), Ridley Scott
(Film, Television and Media Category) and Gene Wolfe
(Literature Category) will be honored during the annual celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 8 p.m. in EMP|SFM’s Sky Church. Award-winning author Neal Stephenson will host the evening’s events.
In addition to the induction ceremony, EMP|SFM will open Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television
on the same day—June 16. The exhibition will run through Sept. 30, 2007. Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television
will feature more than 30 costumes and related objects from science fiction films and television programs such as Star Wars
, Blade Runner
, Star Trek
, Battlestar Galactica
. The exhibition will allow visitors to examine how costume design incorporates color, style, scale, materials, historical traditions and cultural cues to help performers and audiences engage, in new or accepted ways, with the characters being portrayed. Visitors will be encouraged to wear costumes to the opening.
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 SFM in 2004. Induction nominations are submitted by SFM members. The final inductees are chosen by a panel of award-winning science fiction authors, artists, editors, publishers and film professionals.
As part of the induction, a display featuring personal artifacts and video footage from each inductee will be added to the existing Hall of Fame exhibit. The inductees will be featured in laser-etched images on the translucent, glowing Hall of Fame display.
Previous inductees include, Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Shelley and Isaac Asimov.
Tickets for the June 16 induction ceremony will be available for purchase on Monday, April 30 for EMP|SFM members ($40) and Monday, May 7 for the general public ($50). The evening will include a seated dessert reception and ceremony. For additional information visit sfhomeworld.org, and to purchase tickets call 206-770-2702.
Reporters interested in attending the Hall of Fame event and/or exhibition opening can contact Maggie Skinner at 206-262-3245 to confirm attendance.
During his career as a commercial visual artist, Ed Emshwiller (1925 – 1990) dominated the field of science fiction magazine and book cover art. Between 1951 and 1964 he created over 400 cover paintings and hundreds of interior illustrations, winning five Hugo Awards for Best Artist. He provided many of the covers for Galaxy
and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
during this time. Emshwiller’s work combines astonishingly realistic renderings with surreal elements. He evoked wonder as easily as humor or horror, and his lively imagination led him to create many original covers that magazine editors would assign writers to build stories around. Emshwiller also created fine art during this time, and exhibited in several shows. Always looking for new ways to expand his artistic interests, Emshwiller turned to film and video art in the 1960s, creating features, documentaries and the ground-breaking short Sunstone
(1979), one of the first computer-generated films.
Film, Television and Media Category
Television producer Gene Roddenberry (1921 – 1991) is known worldwide for his creation of Star Trek
. To date there have been six Star Trek
television series, 10 feature films, dozens of games and hundreds of novels and comics. Roddenberry’s vision is much more than a galaxy filled with danger and adventure. He used science fiction to present a future in which humanity has finally set aside personal differences to create a society based on equality and fairness. The stories in Star Trek
entertain, but also act as a reflection of our own world and challenge us to reconsider our prejudices and assumptions. Star Trek
is not only one of the most popular science fiction franchises, at its best it’s science fiction with depth and emotion. Roddenberry also created four science fiction made-for-TV movies, and his work was the basis of two other series: Andromeda
and Earth: Final Conflict
. In 1986 he was presented with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Film, Television and Media Category
Director Ridley Scott’s (1937 – ) films Alien
and Blade Runner
are major science fiction movies and landmarks in American cinema. Alien, a futuristic horror thriller, sent a shock through a science fiction film world that was used to low-budget fluff and romantic space opera fantasies. Three years later Blade Runner
reinvented the genre once again, introducing a gritty, film-noir tone and disturbing moral dilemmas. Both films are often imitated, but have never been equaled. Ridley Scott also directed the groundbreaking “1984” Apple Macintosh commercial, based on George Orwell’s 1984
and one of the most famous television ads made. Scott is a three-time nominee for the Best Director Academy Award, and was knighted in 2003.
Author Gene Wolfe (1931 – ) is considered not only one of the most important science fiction writers, but one of the best writers in the English language today. He gained early critical attention for his novel The Fifth Head of Cerberus
, a set of subtle, interwoven stories told by decidedly unreliable narrators. The multi-volume novel The Book of the New Sun
is Wolfe’s most highly-regarded work. Although it reads like fantasy, the story takes place millions of years in the future at a time when current history is long forgotten. Wolfe’s writing demands close attention by the reader so as not to miss the subtle clues that reveal the hidden truths of the tale. He uses science fiction to explore themes of identity, often to unsettling effect. Now in his 70s, Wolfe continues to publish extraordinary and challenging fiction. He has won two Nebula Awards and two World Fantasy Awards, as well as a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Neal Stephenson exploded on the literary scene in 1992 with the novel Snow Crash. He is also the author of the Hugo Award-winning The Diamond Age
, Zodiac: The Eco Thriller
. A physicist and geographer, Stephenson has been praised for having an almost prophetic vision of the future. He is a respected thinker in this area, and was a Visiting Fellow at Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
About Experience Music Project
Experience Music Project (EMP) opened in 2000 and has welcomed close to 3 million visitors through its doors. EMP is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. By blending interpretative, interactive exhibits with cutting-edge technology, EMP captures and reflects the essence of rock ‘n’ roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock’s influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres.
Visitors can view rare artifacts and memorabilia and experience the creative process by listening to musicians tell their own stories. EMP is online at www.emplive.org.
About Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) opened in summer 2004 and has welcomed over a half million visitors. SFM is the world's first museum devoted to the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction. SFM’s exhibitions promote awareness and appreciation of science fiction literature and media while encouraging visitors to envision new futures for humanity. In the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the museum pays homage to the most respected of science fiction practitioners – writers, artists, publishers and filmmakers. SFM is online at sfhomeworld.org.
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