Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Greg Viggiano, executive director of the hopefully soon-to-be Museum of Science Fiction. Greg's vision is to set MSF in Washington, DC, nestled among (though not as a part of) the many museums of the Smithsonian.
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Given the popularity of SF -- as in: Star Wars, Star Trek, Aliens, Battlestar Galactica, The X Files, Terminator, Firefly, Avatar ... -- the prospective audience, IMO, is huge.The Museum of Science Fiction will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world.
SF is great entertainment, and on that basis alone merits its own museum. But more than that, SF has inspired many a person to a career in science, technology, engineering, or math. (Me, for one, in my first/thirty-year career.)
In no small part, I will assert, SF inspires some of our greatest advances. Admittedly, we still don't have flying cars, and a Roomba isn't quite a robot butler -- but as private companies spring up to fly tourists into space, resupply the International Space Station, and harvest resources from asteroids, we can see SF's inspiration in action.
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