The world’s first Science Fiction Museum opens June 18 in Seattle under the auspices of billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. A cast of Sci-Fi heavy hitters populate the project’s advisory board, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ray Bradbury and Sir Arthur C. Clarke. The Museum shares space in an architectural flight of fancy by Frank Gehry that also houses the Allen-funded Experience Music Project at the base of the Space Needle.
Sounds interesting especially to me as an avid SF reader and all around geek. Well maybe I am not a total geek. I have never been to a SF conventions or owned a book of blueprints for the Enterprise. Though I have know those who have. I remember one guy in particular. He was in the same avionics shop where I worked. One day he told me the reason he liked being out at sea on a carrier was that it was the closest thing there was to living on a space ship.
My one brush with a SF author was meeting Frederik Pohl. He was doing an interview at a local ABC affiliate and afterwords my father volunteered to drive him to the airport. I went along and we had a nice conversation. At that time he had just published the first book in the excellent Gateway series.