Landis to Judge International Costume Competition at Escape Velocity

We are 114 days away from another exciting Escape Velocity event!

Costume designer, historian, and professor, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, is the founding director and chair of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design and has joined the Escape Velocity team to judge this year’s costume and fashion design competition. Her credits include Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Trading Places (1983), The Three Amigos(1987) Coming to America (1988), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, and the groundbreaking music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (1983)! Landis received an MFA in costume design from the UCLA College of Fine Arts in 1975 and a PhD in the history of design from the Royal College of Art, London. She is married to director John Landis. You can read more about Deborah’s amazing accomplishments hereand the Museum’s press release here.

Our Third Annual Competition is Open!

International Costume Competition and Fashion Show
To celebrate the importance of fashion and costume design to creating rich worlds and expanding our imaginations, the Museum is holding an international costume competition and fashion show. Time is running out – register now!

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DC Lecture Series
Join us for a quarterly lecture series beginning on February 22. The Museum of Science Fiction, K&L Gates, and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation will present a four-part lecture series in Washington, DC focusing on present day and near future developments. The 2018 quarterly series will present four areas of interest for discussion and conjecture led by seminal leaders in the fields of: AI and Cognitive Computing, Commercial Space Travel (with David Brin), Asteroid Mining, and Robotics and UAVs. To read more, click here.

Smooth-On at EV 2018
Have you ever wondered how make-up artists create that “look,” or what kinds of materials they use? it’s a good bet that they’re using Smooth-On products. Escape Velocity 2018 will feature a new costume and design track with panels and events covering what you need and how-to techniques.

Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator at EV 2018 will be presenting the Starship Horizons Bridge Experience! Starship Horizons is a multi-player bridge simulation experience allowing 2-6 players to work together as the ship’s bridge officers. Reserve time here.

Missions will run throughout the convention. To learn more about the game check out and

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is an 11-day cinematic event held at the historic Somerville Theatre from February 9th to the 19th. The 2018 edition marks their 43rd anniversary as the oldest genre fest in America.

The first nine days consist of a traditional film festival. Whether they be features, shorts, webisodes, workshops, parties or a new Hollywood film, BostonSciFi emphasizes emerging directors with distinct visions from around the globe. For tickets, please clickhere.

Silent Auction at Escape Velocity

Planet of the Apes and 2001: A Space Odyssey are both celebrating 50th anniversaries this year. The Museum’s silent auction at Escape Velocity will have some memorable items to bid on – don’t miss out!

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Open Call For Escape Velocity Panels
The deadline for EV 2018 panel suggestions is tomorrow, January 31. Don’t miss your chance to bring an amazing panel to Escape Velocity! Whether it’s about how to build self-replicating machines or exploring how many exoplanets there are in our galaxy, submit your idea today and add to the 100+ hours of EV programming!   Click here to share!

Escape Velocity 2018 is 114 days away!
Don’t miss EV 2018 as we get ready to celebrate a few major anniversaries:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818): 200 years
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): 50 years
Planet of the Apes (1968): 50 years
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (1968): 50 years
Battlestar Galactica (original series) (1978): 40 years
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983): 35 years
Babylon 5 (1993): 25 years
Fringe (2008): 10 years

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