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Sunday, September 3 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Science Fiction as Science?

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Is science fiction a working part of the modern "scientific enterprise?" Is it just a genre of fantastic stories, or does it produce real knowledge for the advancement of the human species? And if so, what kind of knowledge does it produce? Even though SF has a long history of "predicting" scientific and technological advance, and many writers and readers of SF work in scientific and technical fields, its concrete relationship to the conduct of professional Science itself is not very well understood. Using Kuhn as a starting point, this panel invites participants to investigate the "extraordinary" role of Science Fiction in the conduct of modern Science, and answer the question: is Science Fiction, "science"?

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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... Read More →

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Dr. Phil Frana

Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, James Madison University
Philip Frana is Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University. He is author of the forthcoming book The Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence and Automation from ABC-CLIO. Titles of his recent class... Read More →
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Dr. Kenneth Wong

Associate Dean, Virginia Tech

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Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
3 - North (250)

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