Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (or MoPOP) recently unveiled its choices for this year’s inductees into the Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame for 2022. (Okay, technically they were inducted for 2021, but only recently added.) Over 120 science fiction and fantasy creators and creations are celebrated inside MoPOP 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.
“Science fiction and fantasy explore other worlds, but they teach us so much about our own,” said MoPOP’s Director of Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits Jacob McMurray. “These new inductees have a lasting impact on our enjoyment of pop culture and how it can be a spark for our own creative endeavors.”
Some of the contenders for this year included creators N.K. Jemisin, Margaret Cavendish, and Rick Baker, as well as creations Akira (1988), Naruto (1999), and Final Fantasy. Here are the inductees who ultimately won the right to stand in the exhibit:
- Nichelle Nichols – Nicols is best known for her groundbreaking and controversial role on Star Trek where she played Lt. Uhura. Not only was Uhura a woman in leadership; she was also a woman of color in leadership. Serving as a role model, Nichols has inspired many.
- Sigourney Weaver – Although Weaver has appeared in a variety of different movies over the years, it is here many landmark roles in science fiction and fantasy film that got her here. Her breakout role was playing Ripley in the Alien franchise, an important female protagonist at the time. Her other credits include Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, WALL-E, and the Avatar franchise.
- Godzilla – This big green beast knowns as “King of the Monsters” first arrived on the big screen in 1954 as a foreign film. Since that time, the beast has appeared in over 35 movies and TV series. His image has been plastered on thousands of consumer products and experiences across the globe, including toys, collectibles, comics, games, novels, food, apparel, and many more.
- A Trip to the Moon (1902) – Georges Méliès’ film is considered to be the very first science fiction film after the culmination of years of film innovation. The movie inspired others including Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, remains an icon to this day.
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