The Science Fiction Museum is like visiting a friend’s house where the wife has inexplicably allowed her husband to decorate the bathroom with memorabilia. There is an infectious amount of enthusiasm but it felt less like a museum and more like an the world’s biggest fanboy attic.
I hope that doesn’t come across as snarky because I really did like the place. Where else can you see the original Death Star, a Dr Who weapon and Farah Fawcett’s dress from Logan’s Run? There is a love for written science fiction that is overdue, and I got a special librarian thrill seeing books sealed behind cases and given a place of honor. I also got to drool longingly at Neal Stephenson’s hand written draft for the Baroque Cycle.
My favorite item was tucked into a corner. It was the garden dome spaceship model from the movie, Silent Running. That thing is huge. Most of the spaceship models were much larger than I expected. These giant ships have an amazing level of detail that you just won’t see in the movie or television show that they were in. The garden dome was tucked far away in the glass case but you could still spot the details from a distance. It was inspiring.
I have to say that it has me thinking about what the Ashbee Collection might look like.