Science Fiction

Godzilla and A Trip to the Moon

MoPOP, Seattle’s Museum of Popular Culture, has a new batch of inductees into its Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Travelers and film fans will be pleased to see that A Trip to the Moon, the 1902 science fiction film by George Méliès, is on the list this year.

The movie takes inspiration from Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon. And it offers an early, fantastical, and somewhat wacky look at what a visit to the moon might be like.

Godzilla: World’s Worst Tourist

Godzilla, the “King of the Monsters,” and an example of what not to do when visiting a new city, also gets the MoPOP nod this year.

“Since this creature first waded ashore in 1954, it has captivated audiences across the world with its enormous size, devastating strength, and iconic design,” says MoPop. And with 35 films and TV shows, Godzilla is also represented in plenty of souvenirs, including toys, collectibles, comics, games, novels, food, apparel, and many more.

Nichelle Nichols and Sigourney Weaver are winners too

Another world traveler among the new inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame at MoPOP is Nichelle Nichols. She is best known for her groundbreaking role as Lt. Uhura on Star Trek.

Joining Nichols is Sigourney Weaver, whose roles in science fiction and fantasy films include the Alien franchise, Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, WALL-E, and the Avatar franchise.

We travel the Spaceways

I’ve got my eyes on the skies this week for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing and the first steps on the moon.

Sadly, I won’t be able to make it Wapakoneta, Ohio to see the World’s Largest Moon Pie

Wapakoneta - Moon Pie Mock up

But at least I’ll be in Seattle on August 15th when the EMP (Experience Music Project) kicks off its newest exhibition:    Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers


117 space-themed record album covers released between 1940 and 1969—the dawn of the space age— will be display.

Here are some more cool samples:



The exhibition will be on view at the EMP through Jan. 3, 2010.