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Science Fiction Hall of Fame

Entry updated 26 February 2021. Tagged: Award.

A life achievement honour (see Awards) inaugurated in 1996 by the Kansas City SF and Fantasy Society and the J Wayne and Elsie M Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, with both sf and fantasy authors eligible. Initially four authors were inducted each year, two posthumously. After the 2004 inductions the Hall of Fame was transferred to the Seattle-based Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, now a part of the EMP Museum of popular culture and (in particular) popular music. Since 2004 the four inductees have been drawn from the wider categories Film, Literature, Media and Open; also from 2004, the name changed to Science Fiction Hall of Fame and fantasy authors were for a time ineligible but were welcomed back into the fold in and after 2013, when J R R Tolkien was honoured and the initial award title Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame restored. To preserve continuity the headword of this entry retains the name applicable at the time of its creation.

In 2016 the scope was changed again to include not only creators but creations (examples of genre Cinema, Television and Games), with two examples of each being honoured. Also in this twentieth anniversary year a total of twenty additional inductees in both categories were announced, perhaps as a catching-up exercise.

For the unrelated Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthology sequence whose contents are voted by members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, see Nebula Anthologies. [DRL]

see also: First Fandom Hall of Fame.




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