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Strange Land: The King and Queen of Science Fiction in Colorado Springs

Science fiction author Robert Heinlein and his wife, Virginia, lived in Colorado Springs for almost 20 years. This fascinating animated video intertwines local and literary history, showing the impact that science fiction’s most famous couple and Colorado Springs had on one another.

Strange Land: The King and Queen of Science Fiction


Creative Team

Meet the Strange Land Creative Team


Michael Lee

Michael Lee has been acting in Colorado Springs for 30 years. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with his minor in Theatre.  He wrote his bachelor’s thesis on the relationship between science fiction and philosophy and how the genre’s history continues to develop scientific and literary legitimacy.  He is a frequent collaborator with the Fine Arts Center, Theatreworks, The Millibo Art Theatre, The Star Bar Players and Theatre D Art and is a cofounder of Grown Up Costume Party Productions.  


Ian Stewart 

Ian Stewart, born and raised in Manitou Springs, Colorado, has been working as a freelance illustrator and animator since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design from Humboldt State University in 2012. His work has been featured at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska as well as at the MAC in Manitou. He has most recently been working as a children’s book illustrator for Wuzhou Communication Publishing. You can view some of his work at or on instagram @ennuiann. 


Patrick Lee 

Patrick Lee holds a Master of Science degree in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford and he currently works as the Outdoor Sculpture Maintenance Technician and the Museum Technician at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. He believes wholeheartedly that a community’s connection to its’ past is critical in fostering care and conversation about their shared interests. Patrick’s passion for creating popularly accessible history has driven him towards the arts in search of inventive ways of conveying information. He aims to produce material that meets the standards of academically acceptable historical studies that also appeals to non-specialists. 


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Artists collaborate all the time, but not always from a distance. In our present reality of isolation, artists must find different avenues for the creation and presentation of work. With this in mind, the Fine Arts Center and Performing Arts at Colorado College invited artists of the Rocky Mountain West and American Southwest to pitch collaborative, multidisciplinary projects to premiere online in the coming months. More on 2021 3×3 Projects


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