Science Fiction and Society

Yesterday, I went to the Science Fiction Museum in downtown Seattle. It neighbors the Space Needle and the Experience Music Project. Needless to say, it is a very futuristic place. The museum not only featured ammunition (hand guns, bows and arrows, M16 rifles, etc.) from some of the classic science fiction movies and television series (of course, Star Trek was one), but also showcased some of the most revolutionary science fiction novels to date. Many books, such as those authored by H.G. Wells, foreboded an apocalypse of nature due to human intervention, while others commented on rising ethical and moral issues. One such work was a short story titled The World Well Lost written by Theodore Sturgeon. The story describes a homosexual alien race that invades Planet Earth. Of course, this work was an allegorical reference to the outing of homosexuals at the time. In fact, a print copy of this short story in the showcase was accompanied by a letter from an Episcopalian priest who not only idolized Sturgeon’s work, but broadcasted his own outing.

At the Jim Henson exhibit, I saw many of Henson’s first storyboard and film productions, which were mainly short independent projects and television commercials. Of course, the exhibit also had an authentic Kermit, Bert, Ernie, Animal, and Fraggle that Henson had crafted and used over the years, and for additional trips down memory lane, music from The Muppet Show, which I used to listen to on my Fisher Price record player, was played throughout the exhibition.

 Experience Music Project

 

Until next time, Muhnamama.

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