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Read a new short story by Linda Nagata about the climate crisis, public transportation, and A.I. in Hawai‘i.

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Events

[ONLINE] – Neal Stephenson, Termination Shock

A conversation with acclaimed science fiction author Neal Stephenson about his new novel, Termination Shock.

December 1, 2021
4:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
Online
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[ONLINE] – Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club: Infomocracy by Malka Older

Science fiction can have real policy impacts, and comes rife with real-life commentary. For the third gathering of our Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club, we have selected Malka Older’s Infomocracy. The novel imagines a future where politics has become both simplified and infinitely more complex, thanks to the omniscient Information, which has led the transition from warring nation-states to a seemingly tidy form of corporate-ish global micro-democracy.

February 2, 2022
6:00 pm  – 7:00 pm
Online

Future Tense Fiction


A series of original science fiction stories crafted by leading authors, exploring how science and technology will change our lives in the future. Each story is paired with a response essay by an expert in a related field.

An illustration in blues and pinks, showing a woman in a flowery garment, her phone held in front of her face, standing at the side of a road as a car pulls up.

By Linda Nagata

A story about the climate crisis, public transportation, and A.I. in Hawai‘i.

An illustration in vivid, warm colors of a dog happily sniffing an orange cube with a little digital smiley-face on it.

By Andrew Silverman

A story about a dog, his owner, and his artificially intelligent minder.

A collection of disparate images in a grid: an upper-case letter B, a lighted number sign denoting your place in line, a water cooler and hand holding a paper conical cup, an airplane, a hummingbird.

By Andrea Chapela

A story about disappearances, surveillance, and stultifying bureaucracy.

An illustration of a snaking nest of pipes connecting a toilet, a sink, and other destinations. In the pipes are little cartoony, colorful renderings of molecules.

By Laura Maylene Walter

A story about plumbing, wastewater, and surveillance.

An illustration of a heavily armed robotic soldier in beige-and-brown camo, holding a weapon and a shield.

By Justina Ireland

A story about what happens when a robot goes to war.

A black-and-white illustration of a skeleton crumpled to the ground in a closet.

By Janelle Shane

A story about a haunted house, A.I., and a rock star.

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