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What if you could come face to face with…

Luke Skywalker’s severed hand from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

An artifact held by Harrison Ford (as Indiana Jones) from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Are you geeking out yet? We are!

These cinematic icons are part of a new exhibit celebrating 20 years of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Prepare for maximum amazement at a monumental new exhibit in the Emerald City filled with the stories, movies, shows that fueled our imagination and pop culture.

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle announced a new exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and named the new inductees for 2016. The Hall of Fame honors the lives, work, and ongoing legacies of science fiction and fantasy’s greatest creators.

Like a starship hitting warp drive, the program is expanding in its 20th year to recognize the genre’s most powerful creations. Who made the list and how were they chosen?

For the 2016 year, the Hall of Fame will induct Star Trek, Blade Runner, and authors Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. And in honor of the milestone anniversary, MoPOP will induct 20 additional creators and works into the program:

Writer Douglas Adams. writer, Margaret Atwood, actor Keith David, director Guillermo del Toro, director Terry Gilliam, creator Jim Henson, comic book legend Jack Kirby, writer Madeleine L’Engle, writer C.S. Lewis, writer H.P. Lovecraft, actor/writer/director Leonard Nimoy, writer George Orwell, writer Terry Pratchett. Manga artist Rumiko Takahashi and composer John Williams

2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Dungeons & Dragons, The Matrix, Myst, The Princess Bride, Star Trek, Wonder Woman, X-Files.

The new Hall of Fame exhibition will invite visitors to explore lives and legacies of the 108 current inductees through interpretive films, interactive kiosks, and more than 30 artifacts, including Luke Skywalker’s hand from his first Darth Vader battle, the Staff of Ra headpiece from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, author Isaac Asimov’s typewriter, and the “Right Hand of Doom” from Guillermo del Toro’s film Hellboy. MoPOP will celebrate the new exhibition with an opening event on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with more details to be announced soon.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy 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 MoPOP in 2004. Inductees were nominated by the public and selected by a panel of award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals. The 2016 committee included Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Torchwood), Cory Doctorow (Co-Editor, Boing Boing; Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom), Jen Stuller (Co-Founder, GeekGirlCon), Linda Medley (Castle Waiting), and Ted Chiang (Story of Your Life and Others).

The Seattle based haven for sci-fi fans is also home of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, an exhibit celebrating Gene Roddenberry’s beloved creation. Visit MoPOP.org for more information.

By Editor