Painting of Galileo, seated at a table in a high-backed red chair, peering through a gilded telescope out of the window.

Galileo and the Invention of the Scientific Method

Join us for this lecture by Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times–bestselling author of the Mars Trilogy, 2312, New York 2140, and Galileo’s Dream, a time-bending novel that takes Galileo from the early 1600s to a human society on the moons of Jupiter in the year 3020. Although best remembered […]

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Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures

Why should we go to space? To learn more about the universe and our place in it? To extract resources and conduct commerce? To demonstrate national primacy and technological prowess? To live and thrive in radically different kinds of human communities? Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities takes on the challenge of imagining new stories at the intersection of public and private—narratives that use the economic and social history of exploration, as well as current technical and scientific research, to inform scenarios for the future of the “new space” era.

An assortment of "glyphs" from the TV series Fringe: a cross-section of an apple, a frog, a handprint, etc.

Science Fiction TV Dinner: Fringe

Fringe is a police procedural tailored for a conspiracy-addled culture: a fever dream of near-future biotechnology research, Timothy Leary-esque 1960s counterculture, and the seemingly ineluctable creep of corporate governance. Created by J. J. Abrams, the mastermind behind Lost, Alias, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fringe envisions a future shaped by shadowy, […]

Her: Unexpected Frankensteins

Forget Alexa – here’s an artificial intelligence you can truly fall for. Join us Wednesday, July 19 at FilmBar Phoenix for Spike Jonze’s visionary “Her,” part of our Unexpected Frankensteins film series. The film will be introduced by Ed Finn, author of the book “What Algorithms […]