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Science Fiction TV Dinner: Westworld

Westworld examines timeless dilemmas about free will, individual identity, and the fundamental altruism or savagery of human nature through the lens of artificial intelligence and robotics. Building on motifs from a century of Hollywood westerns, the series is a unique blend of action cinema, philosophy seminar, enigmatic puzzle, and near-future technology. Join us for a screening […]

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Workshop: “Writing to Change Minds” with Slate’s Torie Bosch

Stubbornness may be the defining characteristic of the moment we’re in. People seem increasingly reluctant to listen to other points of view or deviate from their tribe. So how can we get people to reconsider long-held—but perhaps poorly thought through—beliefs? In this informal workshop, Torie Bosch, editor of Slate magazine’s Future Tense channel and coeditor of What […]

Flatliners: Unexpected Frankensteins

Get tickets Frankenstein! Beyond green skin and neck bolts, what else comes to mind? Environmental degradation? The technological singularity? Vicious high school cliques? FilmBar and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination are hosting film screenings of “Unexpected Frankensteins”: movies that capture the themes of Mary Shelley’s literary masterpiece, without relying on the […]

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“It’s Alive!” Frankenstein’s Lessons for Scientists and Creators

Get tickets here >> Two hundred years after its creation,  Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is still alive and well, continuing to shape how we imagine science and its moral consequences. Frankenstein’s cultural life reaches far beyond the book page, extending into film, television, video games, graphic novels, toys, and even breakfast cereal (not to […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Occupied

The Norwegian thriller Occupied masterfully blends the Machiavellian ruthlessness and icy visual style of House of Cards with the existential threat of climate change. Masterminded by world-renowned crime novelist Jo Nesbø, the series depicts climate chaos and political turmoil in the near future, with the election of a green Prime Minister in Norway igniting a […]

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Science Fiction TV Dinner: The X-Files

When we think of The X-Files, we think of sprawling government conspiracies, eerie UFO sightings, cigarette-smoking men, and the compelling dynamic between the smoldering, occasionally unhinged Fox Mulder and the doggedly rational, ever-skeptical Dana Scully. But did you know that Mulder and Scully once met Frankenstein’s creature? In the fifth season episode “The Post-Modern Prometheus” (presented […]

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Science Comics Workshop

Why: Mark Siegel is an award-winning illustrator, New York Times bestselling author and the founder and editorial director of First Second Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers that creates graphic novels for every age category, in a wide range of themes and styles, with talent from all over the world. Mark visited ASU to present a […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner – CSI: Cyber

In a moment of cyber-paranoia and cyber-crisis, there’s never been a cyber-time more cyber-appropriate for the overheated (and tragically, recently canceled) cyber-procedural, CSI: Cyber. Cybersecurity has never been more critical to public policy, and has never been less accurately understood, than in early 2017. We’ll use the ridiculous and occasionally sublime dramatics of CSI: Cyber […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Black Mirror

Black Mirror brings the breathtaking aesthetics, dystopian fervor, bracing social commentary, and eerie prescience of The Twilight Zone to the age of iPhones, Snapchat, and Snowden. The first season episode “Fifteen Million Merits” is an incisive cautionary tale about a future shaped by gamification, reality TV voyeurism, class exploitation, and the ever-narrowing window for authentic […]

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Future Tense Fiction

In April 2016 CSI launched a new experiment with the Future Tense Channel at Slate: a regular writing series featuring original science fiction stories by well-known authors. We launched Future Tense Fiction with a story by climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi, whose tightly scripted story “Mika Model” imagines the moral and legal consequences of autonomous, […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner – Star Trek: The Next Generation

September 8, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek universe. Celebrate with us by taking a journey to the final frontier, where Captain Picard and his stouthearted crew encounter mystical artifacts and grapple with whether Data has an artistic imagination. The seventh season episode “Masks” quietly raises fascinating questions about crew dynamics and […]

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History of the Future Film: The Lawnmower Man

This summer we’re proud to present a film series examining gripping cinematic visions of the future emanating from different moments in recent history. Join us at FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix on the last Thursday of every month this summer, May through August, for The History of The Future: a series of delightfully schlocky, thought-provoking films […]

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