For your next trip to Seattle

If you’re ever in Seattle (hmm… book tour? writing conference? visiting me?), make time to check out the Science Fiction Museum that’s part of the EMP, known to outsiders as the Experience Music Project. The two venues share a building — a controversial and ugly groundbreaking architectural feat — and they share a website, too, which is more than a little inconvenient, because I can’t give you great links to cool stuff without you having to wade through the EMP stuff, too.

But they’re separate in the physical universe — or at least, they have separate entrances — and while both are pretty cool, the SFM is often overlooked. It shouldn’t be.

The SFM started out as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s personal collection. It’s been open to the public since 2004 and is billed as the world’s first museum dedicated to the ideas and experience of sci-fi. It’s got everything from robots to tricorders to rare editions of classic books to Star Trek uniforms and Blade Runner costumes. It’s got Captain Kirk’s command chair, Klingon daggers, a light saber, and a whole orbital space dock.

It’s got an SFF short film festival at the end of this month, and occasional events by famous authors. (Hey, why haven’t they called me? Oh yeah. Not famous.) And it’s the permanent home of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, originally founded in Kansas City in 1996. (Pop quiz: How many women in that list of almost 60? Click the link to see for yourself.)

All in all, a good way to spend a day. I mean, unless you plan to stick around until the Statue of Liberty falls down, where else are you going to see The Planet of the Apes costumes in person?

– Joni, who has made herself want to go visit again

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3 responses to “For your next trip to Seattle

  1. I had no idea this place existed! Next time I’m in Seattle, I’ll definitely go check it out.

  2. I have been thinking how much I want to visit Seattle. (I lived there until I was six and spent all my summers there.) I miss it! I’m going to plan a trip and this is definitely on the itinerary!

  3. Oooh, I want to visit already! Spectacle onsite meeting for research purposes?

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