Every year, Seattle’s Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame, part of the Museum of Pop Culture, aka MoPop, adds new members and we very much approve of the Class of 2021…we adore all four of them! They include two beloved actresses; from the Original Star Trek television series, Nichelle Nichols, who of course played Uhura, and Sigourney Weaver whose preeminent claim to SciFi fame is starring as Ripley in the Alien film series…though we also adore her in the parody film, Galaxy Quest where she sorta/kinda played a version of Uhura. AND, there’s her work in Avatar and Ghostbusters, as well.
They’re also inducting one of the greatest cinematic creatures of all time…GODZILLA! And, honoring the first SciFi/Fantasy film, Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon which dates back to 1902!
More from MoPop:
Your ballots have been tallied, and the Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame Class of 2021 has been decided!
Selected by fan vote on social media from a list of 10 nominees, the Museum of Pop Culture’s Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame Class of 2021 includes:
- Nichelle Nichols
- Sigourney Weaver
- Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902)
The four inductees join 120+ science fiction and fantasy creators and creations celebrated inside the MoPOP exhibition that invites visitors to explore the lives and legacies of those most influential to popular culture. Other Class of 2021 nominees included creators N.K. Jemisin, Margaret Cavendish, and Rick Baker, as well as creations Akira (1988), Naruto (1999), and Final Fantasy.
Let’s take a closer look at the Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame Class of 2021:
Best known for her groundbreaking role on Star Trek as Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols inspired generations of women and people of color to take their rightful place in the sciences, engineering, and astronautics.
Sigourney Weaver has played many landmark roles in science fiction and fantasy film, starting with Ripley in the Alien franchise, an important female protagonist at the time. But her credits also include Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, WALL-E, and the Avatar franchise.
“King of the Monsters.” Need we say more? Since this atomic-blast-awakened creature first waded ashore in 1954 to wreak terrible destruction, it has become a pop culture legend across more than 35 films as well as TV shows, comics, games, and novels.
Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Considered the very first science fiction film, it was the culmination of years of film innovation by Georges Méliès. The movie, inspired by Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, remains an icon to this day.
Thank you to our Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame exhibition sponsor, Pacific Office Automation.