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Museum of Science Fiction's Crowdfunding Bid Nears End

Museum of Science Fiction
The Museum of Science Fiction is expected to launch in Washington, D.C., in 2017. (Image credit: Imarchination / Museum of Science Fiction)

There's just 11 days left in the crowdfunding campaign to help bring a preview of the Museum of Science Fiction to Washington, D.C.

The museum's creators hope to officially open in 2017 with galleries that span the history of the genre, from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" to "Star Trek," covering common themes in sci-fi, from robots to alien worlds. But they hope to open a preview space sometime this year while they're building their collection of artifacts and designing the final space.

Even if the museum creators don't hit their goal of $160,000 by the 11:59pm PT deadline on Feb. 9, they'll still get whatever funds they raise on the website Indigogo. So far, they've collected more than $44,000.

Some of the high-priced perks offered through the crowdfunding campaign have already sold out, including the $2,000 deal to have sci-fi author David Brin kill you or a loved one in his next book, and the $2,500 offer to have Brin write you into a sex scene. But I bet there's plenty of T-shirts left.

You can learn more about the campaign on Indigogo:

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Megan Gannon Contributing Writer

Megan has been writing for Live Science and since 2012. Her interests range from archaeology to space exploration, and she has a bachelor's degree in English and art history from New York University. Megan spent two years as a reporter on the national desk at NewsCore. She has watched dinosaur auctions, witnessed rocket launches, licked ancient pottery sherds in Cyprus and flown in zero gravity on a Zero Gravity Corp. to follow students sparking weightless fires for science. Follow her on Twitter for her latest project.