Science Fiction TV Series: The Jetsons Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Memorial Union 242 (La Paz Room), ASU Tempe campus RSVP at Since 1962, The Jetsons has defined an iconic vision of the future, imagining a course of progress that blends high technology with familiar social and cultural values. Yinong Chen and […]

Join Micah Lande and Angela Sodemann of the College of Technology and Innovation to watch and discuss the 2007 version of The Bionic Woman, science fiction, cyborgs, design and the future of humanity. Free dinner will be provided! Visitor parking details are available here.  Angela Sodemann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering […]

Room: Cottonwood 101/103 Join us for a screening of the classic Twilight Zone episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” and a conversation about biotechnology, ethics and the connections between visions of human perfection and ideas about race, gender and social class. The conversation will be moderated by Ed Finn, director of the Center for […]

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday with Doctor Who! Join us for a screening of the episode “The Shakespeare Code” and a conversation about time travel, the Elizabethan era, TARDIS, Time Lords and how we can’t save the world without good stories. The conversation will be moderated by Ed Finn, director of the Center for Science and […]

This event is presented by ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination and Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. The Science Fiction TV Dinner series has been reanimated for a new year! Join us for a screening of The Walking Dead and a conversation about death, taxes and zombies. The US stands on the precipice […]

Location: Cottonwood Hall, Room 101/103 Map: Blast into the distant future with the Science Fiction TV Dinner series and BBC’s classic science fiction comedy, Red Dwarf! Join us for a conversation about space exploration, holograms, cat people and whether great science fiction can also be funny. The conversation will be moderated by Ed Finn, […]

Make It So with Nathan Shedroff Interfaces in sci-fi serve a primarily narrative purpose. They’re there to help tell the story of how a character disables the tractor beam, or hacks into the corporate database, or diagnoses the alien infection. But what would happen if we tried to build these same interfaces for the real […]

Join the Center for Science and the Imagination for our first Science Fiction TV Dinner of 2014 with Quantum Leap, an early 1990s classic that blends science fiction, actual science, and time travel with sharp social and ethical insights. We’ll be screening the episode “The Wrong Stuff,” where genius physicist/time traveler hero Sam Beckett finds […]

Co-sponsored by the Arizona Science Center Free Event, Registration Required; Learn more and RSVP at the Arizona Science Center website  Living starships. Super-soldiers. Sentient plants. Intergalactic empires. Wormholes. Animatronic puppets. Join us for a Science Fiction TV Dinner with Farscape, a contemporary science fiction classic from Jim Henson Productions. We’ll be screening the episode “Throne for a Loss” from the […]

Our Science Fiction TV Dinner series is a launch pad for new conversations about science, technology, art and society. Enjoy dinner from local food trucks, then watch a screening of the House, M.D. episode “Cane and Able,” in which misanthropic genius diagnostician Gregory House and his team tackle the case of a young boy who […]

Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse imagines a future where neuroscience enables human personalities to be uploaded, reconfigured, and downloaded into brains…or erased entirely. The series wrestles with the ethical implications and technical challenges of “mind-wiping” while following the adventures of a group of clandestine operatives (“Dolls”) who are neurologically programmed to complete secret missions for wealthy clients. […]

This Science Fiction TV Dinner (at lunchtime) is part of the Chandler Science Spectacular, a festival for all ages celebrating and exploring invention. We’ll screen a series of classic Warner Bros. animated shorts featuring the space adventures of beloved characters like Marvin the Martian and Daffy Duck, then have a conversation with ASU professors Kevin […]

Set in the 24th century and produced in the 1990s, Star Trek: Voyager reflects upon and updates Star Trek‘s hopeful vision for an intergalactic human future, its philosophical explorations, and its insistence on the importance of scientific inquiry and intercultural understanding. The only Trek series to feature a female captain, Kathryn Janeway, the show explores […]

Featuring TV’s Small Wonder, futurist Brian David Johnson, and digital humanities scholar Jacqueline Wernimont Small Wonder rewires the classic American sitcom with hilariously awkward circuitry, dropping an adorable humanoid robot, Vicki, into a wholesome suburban family. At this very special 1980s TV Dinner, we’ll revel in Small Wonder‘s dated gender politics, questionably written dialogue, painfully […]

Reception: 4:30 – 5:15pm / Doors Open: 5:15 / TV Dinner: 5:30 Star Trek’s original series remains perhaps our most influential and beloved vision of the future. It continues to animate our ambitions to explore space, exemplifies scientific ethics and the search for cross-cultural understanding, and even provides a design spec for Google’s dream of […]

  More information coming soon! Featuring classic shorts with Marvin the Martian, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig! Speakers will include Kevin Sandler, a scholar of animation and associate professor in ASU’s Film and Media Studies program, and Lindy Elkins-Tanton, a planetary scientist and director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. Free […]

From Star Trek to Interstellar, starships have long held a special fascination for science fiction storytellers. The ships function as surrogate Earths, providing safety, sustenance, and a sense of home for people journeying among the stars. Starships contain whole communities, even entire societies, and often serve as host to complex ecosystems that encompass plant life, […]

Running alongside Star Trek‘s original series at the dawn of the Space Age, Lost in Space presented a strikingly different vision for the future of human exploration in space. Lost in Space imagines deep space colonization as homesteading: the series is based on the classic novel The Swiss Family Robinson, and it blends domestic squabbles […]