New names inducted into Science Fiction Hall of Fame
Four new members will be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame this weekend as part of the Science Fiction Awards Weekend to be held 25 – 27 June at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington.
The inductees include Richard Matheson, Roger Zelazny, Octavia E. Butler and Douglas Trumbull, who will join such science fiction legends as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Ray Harryhousen, Robert A. Heinlein, Rod Serling Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and others who have made a lasting mark on the genre in print, in films, and on television.
Octavia E. Butler was a much decorated writer both inside and outside the genre, wining the Hugo and Nebula awards for her novelette Bloodchild (1984) as well as having won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant and a PEN American Center lifetime achievement award. Best known for her novel Kindred (1979), many of her works touched on social issues such as gender and race.
Richard Matheson won a Hugo Award for his novel The Shrinking Man (1956),which was made into the film The Incredible Shrinking Man, and is also well known for writing I Am Legend (1954), which has been translated into film at least three times. He began publishing in 1950 and besides novels has written many short stories and screenplays for both film and television.
Roger Zelazny won a total of six Hugo Awards and three nebulas out of fourteen nominations for each award during a long career which included such novels as This Immortal (1966) and Lord of Light (1967). Many of his novels drew from a wide variety of mythological themes and characters from a number of cultures.
Douglas Trumbull is a film director and special effects specialist. He scored Academy Award nominations for his special effects work in such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). Among the films he has directed are Silent Running (1971) and Brainstorm (1983).
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society along with the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Since 2004, the Hall has been located in the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington.
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