Museum of Science Fiction

Submission: February 28, 2015
Registration: January 31, 2015
Language: English
Location: Washington, DC
Prizes: 1st US$ 1000, 7x US$ 250
Type: Open

The full-scale museum will be composed of seven permanent galleries designed to celebrate and encourage the very human tendency to always ask: “What if?”

The visitor will learn that science fiction is a form of rational speculation that has influenced and has been influenced by scientific and technological progress for centuries. Its primary objective is to entertain and to infuse storytelling with threads of science that help push the bounds of what is possible in an effort to explore the human condition. Anchored by science, science fiction can open credible vistas of speculation and contemplation, making their consideration even more compelling and powerful.

Submissions can also include certain themes that examine science fiction’s influence on society and the impact science fiction has had on culture. Four major themes include:

Speculation  Science fiction is speculation. By simply asking “what if?” science fiction has allowed humanity to expand the limits of imagination and explore endless possibilities. Science fiction transports us to other worlds, lets us visit different dimensions, allows us to travel through time, and even to experience alternate realities. Along the way, science fiction encourages us to reflect on our own society by exploring social issues, from imperialism and colonialism to more sensitive racial issues.

Exploration  Science fiction is a tool for exploring not only the universe, but humanity as well. It reflects our curiosity and the desire to expand boundaries, to colonize new frontiers, both on Earth and beyond. But, science fiction also allows humanity to look inward by holding a mirror to society and exploring what makes us human.

Innovation  Science fiction has led to real world innovation. Real-world innovation in turn drives the creative thinking that fuels science fiction.

Inspiration  Science fiction uses the extraordinary to inspire people to dream and envision a better world. Many of history’s most influential scientists were inspired by science fiction to make the world a better place.

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