I've been thinking for a while of creating my own sci-fi calendar to mark some of the important people and developments that have shaped the sci-fi canon. Sometimes choosing a specific person or date is difficult as many of the greatest works in sci-fi have been the result of many people and sometimes multiple generations. Star Trek, love it or hate it, was originally conceived by Gene Roddenberry, but since it first aired on September 8, 1966 there have been many scriptwriters, designers, actors and, yes, executives, who have made the world of Star Trek what it is today.
Another example I find troublesome is that of Marvel. I feel that Marvel has done much to shape the public imagination when it comes to sci-fi, and continues to do so as it reiterates its own world and continually updates its storylines. Stan Lee is credited without hesitation as the founder of many of these ideas, but the great man himself would give props to the hundreds of individuals have given their time and energy to expanding the Marvel universe.
Even if I dare choose an individual to honour, do I choose their birthday to mark the achievement, even though one's birthday has no relevance to the creation of the particular work? Should I instead choose first airing or publication date? For older works some of these specific dates may not be known, and around the world these dates will vary.
In some ways it doesn't matter. As the date itself is only an arbitrary excuse to acknowledge and muse on the work and its authors. As such, while I will do my best to find a reason to choose a particular date, and seek out existing days of note, there may be no consistent pattern.
Herewith is a link to my sci-fi calendar. It is a living thing that I will continue to add to, please twitter or facebook me for changes or updates. As the year goes past I'll follow this calendar and try to say something interesting about each.