Christopher J. Garcia is a writer, historian, fanzine editor (editor of The Drink Tank and co-editor (with James Bacon) of Journey Planet), and filmmaker from Santa Clara, California. He’s lost 16 Hugos in three categories, but managed to win Best Fanzine in 2011. He’s a Curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. He is also working on a fannish documentary series called 5 Cons.
by Chris Garcia
What if we treated everything like a museum?
I think like that a lot. I mean I’ve been in the museum game for almost fifteen years, so it would make sense that it would have soaked in to my bones. I think about strange things like “How would I turn that novel into a 25K square foot exhibit?”, or “Where should I hang these prints to form a cohesive message about their unity of theme?”, or even “How much space do I need to put around that Hugo Award to have an ADA compliant path?” These are the questions that get to me, the ones that might explain why I’m typing this at 2:40 am instead of dreaming of a world where “Remedial Chaos Theory” beat Doctor Who for Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form last year.
And whenever I think of Museums — and since I’m almost always thinking of Science Fiction and Fantasy in one form or another — my mind turns to things like the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
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