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 […]

What happens after the zombie apocalypse ends? We’ve managed to survive and fend off the ravening hordes, but how do we rebuild our communities? The award-winning BBC series In the Flesh imagines a future where ex-zombies—sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome—are rehabilitated through medication and therapy. But reintegrating these people into society is traumatic and unpredictable, […]

Fringe is a police procedural tailored for a conspiracy-addled culture: a fever dream of near-future biotechnology research, Timothy Leary-esque 1960s counterculture, and the seemingly ineluctable creep of corporate governance. Created by J. J. Abrams, the mastermind behind Lost, Alias, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fringe envisions a future shaped by shadowy, unaccountable “Big Science” corporations. The series follows a small […]

Joss Whedon’s cult-classic series Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues to fascinate feminists, genre aficionados, and those of us who are hopelessly nostalgic for the late 1990s. Join us for a special Halloween edition of the Science Fiction TV Dinner series, where we’ll screen the Frankenstein-inspired episode “Some Assembly Required” and have a conversation with Buffy mavens Dawn Gilpin, associate professor at […]