Icons of Science Fiction
What if? Two words that set the stage for an exhibition that explores the extraordinary ideas behind the genre’s most mind-bending creators.
Featuring iconic artifacts from sci-fi literature, film, television, and art, including an Imperial Dalek from Doctor Who, the command chair from the classic television series Star Trek, and Neo’s coat from The Matrix Reloaded.
Sample diverse forms of science fiction, learn about the pervasiveness of the genre in popular culture, and connect science fiction’s big ideas to the artists, writers, and filmmakers who spawned them with six unique sectors that highlight the work of EMP’s Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees. Drawing on questions that propel the plots in science fiction media such as, “What if we fought a war with Aliens?” “What if we could explore the stars?” or “What if we were enslaved by our machines?” Icons of Science Fiction allows visitors to traverse the creative spirit of sci-fi innovators, while simultaneously reveling in the physical artifacts inspired by their distinct visions. See video game art, pull on a second persona with antennas, ray gun, and cape from the compositing special effects installation, and see the flying saucers and light sabers that have come to form the basis of our collective consciousness.
Each of the featured questions in Icons of Science Fiction highlights two works of literature that explore the question, and are among the most important and enjoyable works in the field.
What if we could explore the stars?
What if we were enslaved by our machines?
- With Folded Hands… by Jack Williamson, 1947
- I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison, March 1967
What if we fought a war with aliens?
What if I had superpowers?
What if we could design our children?
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, 1968
- Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro, December 1990 (first time serialized)
What if I were the chosen one?