Imaginary Worlds: Living in Space

People have fantasized for ages about what it would be like to live in space. If Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos achieve their goals with Space X and Blue Origin, life in space might not be science fiction any more. I look at two different dreams of living outside the Earth and how close they […]

Promotional image for the film Demolition Man, showing actors Wesley Snipes and Sylvester Stallone in profile, looking directly at one another.

History of the Future: Demolition Man

Buy Tickets This summer, FilmBar and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination are going back to the future. This second installment of The History of the Future film series, inaugurated in summer 2016, rounds up another set of delightfully schlocky, thought-provoking films from decades past. With introductions and comments from scholars and […]

Screenshot from They Live, showing a man in a suit with a monstrous, decaying face speaking into a microphone, in front a sign that reads OBEY in giant letters.

History of the Future: They Live

Buy Tickets This summer, FilmBar and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination are going back to the future. This second installment of The History of the Future film series, inaugurated in summer 2016, rounds up another set of delightfully schlocky, thought-provoking films from decades past. With introductions and comments from scholars and […]

Promotional image for the film Logan's Run, showing two young people in futuristic garb against a psychedelic background.

History of the Future: Logan’s Run

Buy Tickets This summer, FilmBar and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination are going back to the future. This second installment of The History of the Future film series, inaugurated in summer 2016, rounds up another set of delightfully schlocky, thought-provoking films from decades past. With introductions and comments from scholars and […]

Pop Art-style image of a character from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Sanctuary, featuring a woman in profile and a Starfleet insignia.

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

What would it be like to actually dwell in space? What challenges might bedevil us as we tried to live well in such a vast and inhospitable place? What opportunities for exploration and diversity of experience would open up? Star Trek: Deep Space Nine addresses these questions by powerfully shifting the scope of the Star Trek franchise, from a […]

Science Fiction TV Dinner: The Jetsons and Other Classic Cartoons

Classic cartoons like The Jetsons, Huckleberry Hound, and Beany and Cecil powerfully shape our vision of the world around us, including the way that we understand science and technology. These series have enduring power because of their irrepressible humor, occasional flashes of social insight and critique, and especially their style, which transforms our often-bewildering reality into a riot of […]

Several people's faces, separate from one another, against a white background, with an image of the Moon looming above.

Emerge: Luna City 2175

Emerge will transform ASU’s Galvin Playhouse into a rich, immersive experience grounded in space-science research and the inspirational vision of our Writer-at-Large, Kim Stanley Robinson. Come see, hear, touch and play the future in our unfolding story of human habitation beyond Planet Earth! On Saturday, March 17, be sure to join us for a special […]

Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045

Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045 is a science-based comic book for 5th through 8th  grade students from Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination.  Created by award-winning comics authors and advised by ASU sustainability scholar Dr. Paul Hirt, this original story envisions the near future of Arizona’s energy systems. In an increasingly networked and […]

A hand holds a revolver in front of the Westworld logo embedded in a mountain range.

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 […]