Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame Exhibition

Showcasing lasting impact through artifacts and histories.

  1. The lightsaber is the weapon of the mystical Jedi in the genre-defining film series Star Wars. Comprised of a hilt made of strong metal, the lightsaber’s colorful blade is said to be created through Kyber crystals. These crystals are in tune with the Force, and legend says they grow randomly throughout the galaxy far, far away.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.


  2. Although it is said that author J.R.R. Tolkien devised Middle Earth “dramatically rather than geographically” he did confirm the Shire, home of the hobbits, was based on rural England.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  3. While in pre-production, the filmmakers toyed with placing Hellboy’s “Right Hand of Doom” on his left arm so that the actor could have full use of his dominate hand. Ron Pearlman, the actor cast as Hellboy, turned out to be left-handed, so the switch never happened.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

Opens March 4, 2017

Explore the lives and legacies of the genre’s greatest in this new exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honors science fiction and fantasy’s leading creators and has expanded eligibility this year to recognize the genre’s most impactful creations. In honor of the milestone anniversary, MoPOP will induct 20 new creators and creations in addition to its 2016 regular inductees: Star Trek, Blade Runner, and authors Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.

Opening Saturday, March 4, the new Hall of Fame exhibition invites visitors to explore the lives and legacies of the current 108 inductees through interpretive films, interactive kiosks, and more than 30 artifacts, including Luke Skywalker’s severed hand from George Lucas’ The Empire Strikes Back, the Staff of Ra headpiece from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, author Isaac Asimov’s typewriter, and the “Right Hand of Doom” from Guillermo del Toro’s film Hellboy.

Founded in 1996, the Hall of Fame was relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at MoPOP in 2004. The final inductees are nominated by the public, and chosen by a panel of award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals.

For the fill list of 2016 inductees, view the press release.