The Imaginary College is a group of outstanding creative thinkers, researchers, practitioners, and mad geniuses that represents one of the core missions of the Center for Science and Imagination: to seek out intelligent life wherever it resides in the universe, and to get it on our side. Through the Imaginary College, CSI partners with and celebrates the individuals and groups who are already advancing our mission of fresh, creative and ambitious thinking about the future.
Imaginary College Philosophers
Sages and provocateurs who epitomize imaginative thinking and practice and provide inspiration for our work.
Paolo Bacigalupi - Fiction is optimistic or unrealistic enough to demand that there should be a meaningful narrative. Kathryn Cramer - “The truth is a stranger...Not always welcome by daylight.”
Don Marinelli - “Trick suffering into becoming creativity - that’s magic.”
Kim Stanley Robinson - “Very few people ever bother to find out what other people really think. They are willing to accept whatever they are told about anyone sufficiently distant.” Neal Stephenson - “See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places." Bruce Sterling - “Don't become a well-rounded person. Well-rounded people are smooth and dull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikes from every angle. Stick in their throats like a pufferfish.”
Imaginary College Fellows
Rebels, hackers, wizards, inventors, and alchemists driving pathbreaking research, teaching and outreach projects.
Madeline Ashby -
Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer, futurist, speaker, teacher, and immigrant living in Toronto. She has worked with Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, The Atlantic Council, the Center for Science and the Imagination, Changeist, [...]
Kevin Bankston -
Kevin Bankston is the Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), where he works in the public interest to ensure that all communities have access to communications technologies that are both open and secure. He previously served as OTI’s Policy [...]
Elizabeth Bear -
Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award-winning author of 30 novels and over a hundred short stories, an occasional public speaker, and her hobbies [...]
Michael Bennett -
Associate Research Professor
Michael G. Bennett is an associate research professor in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Risk Innovation Lab, as well as a Lecturer in the Sandra Day O’Connor College [...]
Dennis Bonilla -
Dennis Bonilla serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Variable Labs, Inc.
With nearly two decades of technology experience, Dennis has helped create data visualization and collaboration systems for NASA and other U.S. agencies, and has supported committees [...]
Brenda Cooper -
Brenda Cooper is the author of nine science fiction and fantasy books. Her most recent novels are POST (Espec Books, 2016
) and Spear of Light (Pyr, 2016).
Her other works include Edge of Dark
(Pyr, 2015), The Creative Fire
(Pyr, 2012), and The Diamond Deep
(Pyr, 2013) as [...]
Andrew Dana Hudson -
Graduate Research Assistant
Andrew Dana Hudson is a speculative fiction writer, activist, and graduate student at ASU’s School of Sustainability. His fiction seeks to envision the lived experiences just around the corner in our climate-changed world, and the struggle to make good choices that can navigate our civilization [...]
Suren Jayasuriya -
Suren Jayasuriya is an assistant professor at Arizona State University, in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. Before this, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. [...]
Eric Molinsky -
Eric Molinsky is the creator and host of Imaginary Worlds
, a podcast on the Panoply network about science fiction and other fantasy genres, which looks at how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief. Episodes have ranged from interviews with authors like[...]
Deji Bryce Olukotun -
Deji Bryce Olukotun is the author of two novels and his fiction has appeared in five different book collections. His novel After the Flare
won the 2018 Philip K. Dick special citation award, and was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by The Guardian [...]
Corey Pressman -
Corey is a strategist, anthropologist, and futurist. As vice president of adaptive strategies at Fiction
, he generates, manages, and works on projects with organizations and companies large and small to help them envision and enact human-centered communication and innovation. [...]
Vandana Singh - Vandana Singh was born and raised in India and currently lives in the Boston area, where she is a professor of physics at Framingham State University, and a science fiction writer. Although her Ph.D. is in particle physics, in recent years she has [...]
Former fellows, now changing the world from other coordinates.