Mining asteroids…for water

Month: September 2013

A huge NASA-built contraption capturing an asteroid

Mining asteroids…for water

The human species is hardwired for survival. What’s paramount is having a shot at existence beyond the confines of our dissipating home world. It makes little sense for us to

The book cover of Sick by Tom Leveen, depicting a horde of zombies converging on a small group of humans

Guest post: Zombies, violence and kids

This is a guest post from young adult author and ASU student Tom Leveen. Tom will be launching his new novel, Sick, at ASU’s Tempe campus on October 1. To

“Sick” Book Launch: October 1

Young adult author Tom Leveen talks about his upcoming novel SICK, his first ever science fiction novel, in which high school misfits must fend off a zombie apocalypse in the school theater. Leveen also discusses the book’s launch, which will take place on ASU’s Old Main building on the Tempe campus on October 1st, 2013 at 1:45PM. The event will feature lectures from ASU scholars, book signings, and a zombie romp.

Walking the Dinosaur: Building T. Rex for Jurassic Park

Michael Trcic, lead special effects artist for the T. Rex for Jurassic Park, discusses his adventures with creating the life-size creature.

Screenshot from the game Skyrim, showing an armored man standing atop a rocky hilltop

Review: The Art of Video Games exhibit

More and more, however, respect for video games has been growing. As the average gamer ages, awareness of the potential for games to enhance cognitive functions and even improve the world has similarly developed. But acknowledgement of their potent artistic power has been somewhat more elusive. And so it was with great exultation that your author received news of The Art of Video Games exhibition opening at the Phoenix Art Museum. Finally, the time had come to put away childish things and embrace video games in all their glory.

Neal Stephenson on Tall Towers and NSA Cyber-Spies

Celebrate Halloween with ASU’s Digital Culture costume and film contest

Do you love the spirit of Halloween, but can’t seem to figure out how to celebrate this year? ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering is hosting a contest that

Don Marinelli

Edutainment Wizard and Creative Conjurer

Don Marinelli, Ph.D., is the co-founder of the Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), together with the late Randy Pausch of “The Last Lecture ” fame. Dr. Marinelli’s book, “The Comet and the Tornado” recounts the coming together of a drama professor and a computer scientist to create the unique educational vision that is the ETC.

Ed Finn joins The Conversation podcast

Our director Ed Finn is the latest thought leader to be featured on The Conversation, a podcast series that “explores visions of the future and questions of the good” through a series of long, unstructured conversations with thinkers and doers of all stripes.

5 Burning Questions: Zach Berkson

In this episode of 5 Burning Questions, we talk with Zach Berkson, a class 0f 2013 ASU graduate, doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara and founding president of CSI’s affiliated student organization, The Imagination Project.

Kathryn Cramer

Editor Extraordinaire

Kathryn Cramer lives in Westport, NY. She is an editor of the Hieroglyph project, inspired by Neal Stephenson and sponsored by the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. Her story, “Am I Free to Go?” was published by Tor.com in December 2012.

The monolith discovered on the moon in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Do the laws of science fiction apply to reality?

You wouldn’t think so at first, but some rules for writing fiction apply perfectly to reality. It does make sense considering that most forms of fiction try their best to

5 Burning Questions: Julian Bleecker

Neal Stephenson looks off into the future.

Neal Stephenson

Incanter and Senior Magus

Neal Stephenson is an author of historical and science fiction, a technology consultant, a video game designer and the principal provocateur behind Hieroglyph. Answering Arizona State University president Michael Crow’s challenge to create alternatives to the dystopian visions that pervade our stories about the future, Neal is helping us pioneer new methods of radical collaboration between the storytellers who dream our future and the scientists and engineers that build it.

What is an Incanter, you ask? Learn more here.