Head's up Trekkies, Whovians, and Star Wars aficionados (whatever you guys call yourselves), because Huston Huddleston is working hard to make sure there's a physical place for you to revel in all things science fiction. With a little help from Kickstarter and input from some of the biggest names in sci-fi and fantasy, Huddleston aims to breathe life into a dream he and legions of nerds across the globe have shared for decades: to build a sci-fi museum.
People who are familiar with science fiction know that the genre is far superior to any other fictional exercise. For real. Those people wise enough to have spent time reading science fiction understand that the best entries in the genre feature the same drama, great characters, riveting suspense and deep philosophical thought of any good story, only with robots, spaceships, lasers and violence.
Unfortunately, though, up to this point there hasn't really been a concentrated effort to preserve and celebrate more than a century of excellence in science fiction. Sure, the Museum of Science Fiction is trying to get on the board, but right now it's purely virtual. Seattle's Experience Music Project is beginning to show some sci-fi/fantasy love, but who wants to wade through boring, mainstream pop culture to get to the good stuff? And who's eager to see a Dalek share space with an elf or an ogre or whatever those Tolkienites are into?
Enter Huston Huddleston, who began his flirtation with the museum trade in 2012, when he ran across a discarded set of the Starship Enterprise D (that's the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation, fyi). Working with Kickstarter, Huddleston and a team of some of science-fiction's most talented creators managed to salvage the set, returning it to the glory of its halcyon days. From here, Huddleston was struck with the idea to expand his preservation efforts into the wider world of science fiction.
In Huddleston's mind, the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum "will be the first museum in the world to exclusively show the history of sci-fi films, TV, art and literature through props, sets and costumes, as well as show advancements in space travel and teach Real Science through Science Fiction. It will be an interactive museum with fully immersive environments and touch screens that will incorporate old and new footage from actors, filmmakers and NASA astronauts and scientists, and will present both the fact and fiction of sci-fi. This will eventually teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based education in a fun new way to all ages."
As it stands, the project is sitting at around $3,500 in donations with a goal of $82,300 by June 16. You can check out the Kickstarter page to donate to the project and take a virtual tour of the planned exhibits.