files/pictures/picture-35.jpgThe Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) has named film legends Steven Spielberg and Ray Harryhausen, along with writer Philip K. Dick and artist Chesley Bonestell, as inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. The class of 2005 will be honored during the first-ever induction ceremony at the Hall of Fame's new home at the Science Fiction Museum on May 6, 2005.
"We are excited to induct this extraordinary lineup of individuals whose contributions have truly shaped the field of science fiction," said Robert Santelli, EMP/SFM Artistic Director and chair of the Hall of Fame executive committee. "And, we are thankful for the enthusiasm and support from our esteemed induction committee and valued members."
As most know, Spielberg is one of the most artistically celebrated directors of all time. He has won three Oscars, three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Film Institute and Directors Guild. His best-known science fiction films include E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and JURASSIC PARK.
Harryhausen is one of the greatest stop-motion animators in film history, whose creations were born of metal armatures and synthetic flesh. His work has amazed audiences for five decades, from his early work in THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS to his later classics JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS and CLASH OF THE TITANS. In 1992 Harryhausen was presented with an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement.
"I'm delighted to receive this award," said Harryhausen upon hearing of his induction, "I'm happy that my work has inspired a number of professionals as well as fans and am grateful for this honor. Thank you!"
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame honors the lives, work and ongoing legacies of science fiction's greatest creators. Founded in 1996, the Hall of Fame was relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at Kansas University to its permanent home at SFM in 2004. The Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame Induction is sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and Foster, Pepper & Shefelman PLLC.
The Hall of Fame "Academy," consisting of SFM members, submitted nominations in February. Then, an induction committee comprised of award-winning SF authors, artists, editors, publishers and masters of special effects, chose the final Class of 2005 inductees. While only literary creators were honored previously, beginning this year, nominees were accepted for a broadened range of creative endeavors.
Each year, the Hall of Fame inducts up to four individuals on the basis of their continued excellence and long-time contributions to science fiction. Currently the Hall of Fame honors 36 inductees, including such well-known figures as Ursula K. Le Guin, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Samuel R. Delany, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.
As part of the induction, a new display featuring personal artifacts and video footage from each inductee will be added to the existing Hall of Fame exhibit. The new inductees will also be featured in laser-etched images on the translucent, glowing Hall of Fame display.
Tickets for the induction ceremony are $85 and are available for purchase. The evening includes a seated dinner, ceremony, and after-party. For information, visit www.sfhomeworld.org
The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) presents visitors with thought-provoking, entertaining experiences that promote awareness and appreciation of science fiction while paying homage to notable SF creators and their creations.