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.
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.