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January 25, 2022

MoPOP Announces 'Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame' Class of 2021

SEATTLE, WA (January 25, 2022)The ballots have been tallied, and the Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame Class of 2021 has been decided! The new inductees are Nichelle Nichols, Sigourney Weaver, Godzilla, and Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902), having been selected by fan vote as exemplars of the best of the genres and will be honored in perpetuity at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP).

They join 120+ science fiction and fantasy creators and creations celebrated inside the MoPOP exhibition that invites visitors to explore the lives and legacies of those most influential to popular culture. Other nominees this year included creators N.K. Jemisin, Margaret Cavendish, and Rick Baker, as well as creations Akira (1988), Naruto (1999), and Final Fantasy.

“Science fiction and fantasy explore other worlds, but they teach us so much about our own,” said MoPOP’s Director of Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits Jacob McMurray. “These new inductees have a lasting impact on our enjoyment of pop culture and how it can be a spark for our own creative endeavors.”

Artifacts celebrated in the exhibition currently include 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 more.


Nichelle Nichols
Best known for her groundbreaking role on Star Trek as Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols inspired generations of women and people of color to take their rightful place in the sciences, engineering, and astronautics.

Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver has played many landmark roles in science fiction and fantasy film, starting with Ripley in the Alien franchise, an important female protagonist at the time. But her credits also include Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, WALL-E, and the Avatar franchise.

“King of the Monsters.” Need we say more? Since this creature first waded ashore in 1954, it has captivated audiences across the world with its enormous size, devastating strength, and iconic design. Godzilla has become a pop culture legend across more than 35 films and TV shows, which have spawned thousands of exciting consumer products and experiences across the globe, including toys, collectibles, comics, games, novels, food, apparel, and many more.

A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Considered the very first science fiction film, it was the culmination of years of film innovation by Georges Méliès. The movie, inspired by Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, remains an icon to this day. 

MoPOP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum in Seattle, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary pop culture. With a mission to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities, MoPOP reaches multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, educational programs and community partnerships. At MoPOP, artists, audiences, and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the pop culture of our time. 

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