The Museum of Science Fiction, the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, is delighted to announce Rod Roddenberry as keynote speaker for its Escape Velocity convention scheduled for July 1-3, 2016. The son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, Rod will speak about his father’s legacy as the series celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, as well as his work as president of the Roddenberry Foundation.
“I’m looking forward to coming to Escape Velocity this summer,” said Roddenberry, board chair of the Roddenberry Foundation. “My father wanted people to think about the world around us and how we can create a brighter future. Not only will Escape Velocity be a great celebration of innovation, science fiction, and Star Trek, but it will also demonstrate how we can begin to use science fiction as an educational tool to inspire students of all ages.”
Founded in 2010, the Roddenberry Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports innovative solutions in the areas of science and technology, the environment, education, and humanitarian advances. The Museum of Science Fiction’s educational mission is to use science fiction as a way to motivate learning in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
“As a child, I was always fascinated by Star Trek and Carl Sagan’s COSMOS,” said C. Alex Young, PhD, Associate Director for the Heliophysics Science Division at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors, and chair of the Museum’s Technology Subcommittee. “These stories were very influential in developing my love for space science and led me to my present responsibilities as a solar astrophysicist at NASA. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s epic series, Rod’s appearance at Escape Velocity’s first year is even more special.”