Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Bumped into a nifty site today, the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame. It covers a topic near and dear to my lil ole heart, science fiction. Yes, I love sci-fi. I have tons of books in my house, I’d have to say 1/2 to 3/4 of them are science fiction or related somehow. Of the movies I have on DVD or video cassette, it’s probably closer to 80% sci-fi. Yes, I can blurt out a little Klingon, yes, I wrote (semi-) scholarly papers on Blade Runner in college, and yes my oldest online “handle” is a mangled spelling (due to availability) of K’Ehleyr.
Frankly I was prepared to be disappointed with the site, as many times one finds rather amatuerish efforts on the end of promising links. Steeling myself against the possibility of a horrific midi star trek theme blurting out over screaming fixed background with rotating, blinking, cutesy graphics, I found myself looking at a rather nice-looking graphic and topics I found relevant. w00t! I say, wOOt!
The Hall of Fame inductees are a very relevant list of contributors, each with a headshot and compact, yet well-researched blurb. I enjoyed the musuem collection, a Darth Vadar production prop helmet, complete with visible wear and imperfections. The first time I got a good look at some real movie props in person, up close, I was quite surprised at how rough they are, the number of obvious “errors” one can see that either slip by at 24 frames a second or get cleaned up in post-production. It is great that the images here aren’t cleaned up, so that one can enjoy the reality/fiction divider, even by remote over the web.