ASU's Project Hieroglyph to Bring Sci-Fi Writers to Phoenix's Crescent Ballroom on October 22

ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination is making us question everything we thought we knew about Arizona's favorite party school. The Center, which considers itself a "network hub for audacious moonshot ideas and a cultural engine for thoughtful optimism," seeks to unite writers, philosophers, scientists, and engineers to create a less dystopic vision of the relationship between scientific progress and humanity. This effort toward collaboration, human decency, and general positivity is a huge step forward for the University, whose ever-so-intelligent student body once brought us the "MLK Black Party."

Part of this effort involves the recent publication of a book called Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future. The anthology is a collection of stories by some pretty big thinkers -- including Neal Stephenson, Elizabeth Bear, and Madeline Ashby.

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Project Hieroglyph will come to the Crescent Ballroomon Wednesday, October 22, for a discussion hosted by Changing Hands Bookstore.

The event will feature presentations by several contributors to Hieroglyph, including sci-fi writers Kathleen Ann Goonan, Karl Shroeder, Madeline Ashby, Brenda Cooper, and Kim Stanley Robinson. Paul Davies a cosmologist, will also be present, as well as James L. Cambias, founder of the scientific board game company Zygote Games.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $27.99 plus tax, which includes admission and a hardcover copy of Hieroglyph.

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