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Monday, January 15, 2007

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame


I visited the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle this afternoon. Overall the place is really strong on the more intellectual and literary aspects of science-fiction - I'd snobbishly thought it might be just a load of movie props. Lots of early edition books and magazines on display with intelligent accompanying notes. They have the orginal draft of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle - he wrote it in longhand and it's a stack of foolscap about 4 foot high. Best of all, London Transport's "Safe Beneath..." poster has made it into the "Brave New Worlds" section!

3 comments:

phaemon said...

Hey, didn't know you were in the Far West. Holiday or work? That museum does look extremely cool...

john said...

Working - though was able to do the tourist thing on Sunday. Seattle's an excellent place, very civilised. Loads of snow at the moment which is apparently unusual - I've (err) hired a 4x4.

Tom said...

Wow - museum looks great. They've got an impressive Hall of Fame, with pretty high-brow members. Odd, in a good way, that our London poster has made it!

I've always liked the idea of Seattle. Sounds like America at its best.