Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Saluting Sci-Fi; Paul Allen Turns Lifelong Love of Science Fiction into Museum

By MIKE BAILEY Columbian staff writer

Not too long ago, in city not so far away, Paul Allen championed a home for space travelers, creepy creatures, mad scientists and the fans who love them.

The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame landed in Seattle two years ago and immediately began providing sensory overload to sci- fi fans. From its expansive look at the history of science fiction to the set props from today's most successful sci-fi movies, the museum takes visitors on a wild ride of past, present and future.

And that journey takes on a new dimension next month when the museum hosts the first Science Fiction Short Film Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 4. The top 20 films submitted last year will be shown in two screenings at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle.

It's an international list of entries and winners will be announced at the end of the screenings.

Allen, a Microsoft Corp. co-founder and the world's fifth wealthiest person according to Forbes magazine, invested $20 million in 2004 to add the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame to his Experience Music Project in Seattle, a city already rich in sci-fi history.

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