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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's exploring how the genre came out of the scientific history of the period. She has... Read More →

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Phil Frana

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, James Madison University
Philip Frana is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Associate Dean of the Honors College at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He is currently writing a book on the history of artificial intelligence, The Past, Present, and Future of Artificial... Read More →
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Dr. Kenneth Wong

Associate Dean, Virginia Tech

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Stacy Bruss

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

Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
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