We Have Always Died in the Castle

Virtual reality technology is no longer confined to computer-science labs and high-tech theme parks. Today, head-mounted goggles, sensors, and haptic control systems are tools for immersive journalism, professional development, and clinical therapy. In this novella, award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Elizabeth Bear and artist Melissa […]

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 […]

A Year Without a Winter

Today, weather extremes brought about by climate change pose relentless cognitive and imaginative challenges. Beyond news media, what are the cultural registers of this phenomenon? How can artistic and literary engagements with destabilizing natural patterns summon new planetary imaginaries—reorienting perspectives on humanity’s position within the environment? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]