“Walking Dead” Special Guest Announcement

Greg Nicotero is coming to Escape Velocity!

We are just 42 days away from our annual science fiction convention, but we aren’t slowing down with adding great new programming content. This week we announcedthe man responsible for all the amazing makeup and special effects on The Walking Dead will be joining us at this year’s event. Mr. Nicotero will talk about his work on the series and perhaps even display something special that he’s been working on for a while which has never been shown publicly before now. Expect a full reveal of that in the very near future!

This year’s Escape Velocity is easily our most ambitious event yet, with plenty of activities for lovers of science and science fiction alike. Learn all about what we have to offer at this year’s show here, and keep checking back as we are updating our page constantly with new guests and exhibitors. Tickets and hotel rooms can still be purchased by clicking the buttons below!

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Master Replicas
You can be one of the first to see the HAL 9000 prototype by the Master Replicas Group at EV 2018. HAL will go into production soon!

Why buy Alexa when you can have an interactive HAL 9000 . . .
Despite being just a voice and simple red light, HAL 9000 became one of the most memorable movie characters of all time after appearing in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. You’ll have a chance to converse with the calculating computer yourself courtesy of the Master Replicas Group who are bringing their interactive HAL panel to Escape Velocity. Get a preview of it in action and sign up to get more information here. Just don’t expect it to open any doors for you.

Our Third Annual Competition is Closing Soon!

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, so register now. Deadline: April 15!

USA Science and Engineering Festival
The 5th annual USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo took place this past weekend at the Washington Convention Center in DC, and the Museum was there! Thank you to everyone who came by our booth to take a photo on our green screen, make miniature lightsabers, or customize BB-8s and Chewbacca paper crafts. We also held a raffle for four tickets to Escape Velocity, so congratulations to our winners!

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David Brin Lecture: Commercial Space Travel
Award-winning author and scientist, David Brin, will speak on “Commercial Space Travel” in the next part of the Museum of Science Fiction’s quarterly lecture series. Those in the Washington, DC area are cordially invited to attend on June 7. More information about that event and other upcoming lectures can be seen here.

AUSA Program

Escape Velocity is a celebration of science fiction in all forms and across every medium, and anime is no exception. That’s why we’re thrilled that our friends from Anime USA will be leading a full slate of programming at Escape Velocity this year. Read all about the fun panels exploring science fiction in anime as well as the rest of the show schedule here.

In Saturn’s Rings

This unique “giant screen” documentary tells the story of the universe using over seven million real photographs taken by spacecraft and telescopes — no computer generated images or special effects! Narrated by LeVar Burton and making its premiere at select locations on May 4th (Star Wars Day), In Saturn’s Rings will also be at Escape Velocity just a few weeks later. Be one of the first to see it!

Smooth-On: Mind Blowing Materials For A World of Applications

You may never have heard of Smooth-Onbut you’ve seen their products at work. If you’ve ever been to the movies, admired a piece of sculpture, marveled at detailed architectural ornamentation or used a telephone, then you’ve encountered the handiwork of people who use Smooth-On rubbers, plastics, foams and other products to turn their ideas into three-dimensional reality. Visit their booth in the exhibit hall for demos and workshops.

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Join our Launch Crew: Volunteer at Escape Velocity!

We’re recruiting volunteers for Escape Velocity 2018. Just click this button, fill out the form, and we’ll be in touch!

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Escape Velocity 2018 is 42 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