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Designing the Future with Applied Sci-Fi

The tools of sci-fi narrative are increasingly being used in the field of design to better imagine, experience, and shape possible futures. Whether these emerging design practices are categorized as

Us In Flux Conversations: Suyi Davies Okungbowa & Lance Gharavi

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Us In Flux Conversations: Phoebe Wagner & Punya Mishra

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Us In Flux Conversations: Carter Meland & Grace Dillon

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CSI Skill Tree: Sound and Worldbuilding (Online)

  Register In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding

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Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club: All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Online)

Science fiction can have real policy impacts, and comes rife with real-life commentary. For the next gathering of our Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club, we have selected All Systems Red

The Sci-Fi Feedback Loop: Mapping Fiction’s Influence on Real-World Tech

May 12, 2022

Book Launch: Pandemics & Games Essay Jam (Online)

Join Critical Distance and the Center for Science and the Imagination for the launch of our new, free ebook, Sickness, Systems, Solidarity, which explores the tangled relationships between pandemics and games, both digital and analog.

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CSI Skill Tree: Cloud Gardens (Online)

In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and

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Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club: Infomocracy by Malka Older (Online)

Science fiction can have real policy impacts, and comes rife with real-life commentary. For the third gathering of our Science Fiction/Real Policy Book Club, we have selected Malka Older’s novel

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Neal Stephenson, Termination Shock (Online)

With his string of bestselling novels, Neal Stephenson has carved out a space at the forefront of contemporary fiction, exploring and shaping our cultural imaginary about the future and how

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CSI Skill Tree: Outer Wilds (Online)

In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and

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Crafting Climate Futures: From Story to Policy (Online)

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow presents an opportunity for decisive global action amidst escalating climate chaos. Now, more than ever, we need narratives of positive climate futures

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Imagining Our Climate Futures (Online)

If we hope to achieve the global will and cooperation needed to meet the challenges of the climate crisis, we need stories of hope and transformation, not just disaster and

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The Days After Tomorrow: Climate Fiction for the Future

Can we reimagine our relationship with nature and protect the future? How can we marshal our collective imagination to accelerate global transformations and move towards a sustainable way of life?

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Workshop on Reimagining Climate Futures

Join the Center for Science and the Imagination, the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), and the UK Science and Innovation Network for a workshop that brings together innovative

Unlocking Our Climate Imagination

When we imagine our climate future, it’s easy to drift towards catastrophe, especially in view of this summer’s shocking examples of climate chaos—from floods and sinkholes to heat domes and

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CSI Skill Tree: Kentucky Route Zero (Online)

In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and

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CSI Skill Tree: In Other Waters (Online)

In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and

Claire Vaye Watkins: Climate Writing (Online)

Join Claire Vaye Watkins, award-winning author of the climate fiction novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short fiction collection Battleborn, for a virtual reading and a conversation about climate writing.