Advance tickets for this event have been sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 pm. Author Neal Stephenson (Reamde, Snow Crash) laments our society’s loss of a key superpower — the ability to “Get Big Stuff Done.” He shoulders some of the blame, along with colleagues in the realms of science and speculative fiction, with what he calls a failure to supply “hieroglyphs”: “Asimovian robots, Heinleinian rocket ships, Gibsonian cyberspace… plausible, thought-out pictures of alternate realities in which… compelling innovation has taken place.” Project Hieroglyph brings together writers, artists, scientists, and new technologies in an effort to “reignite the iconic and optimistic visions” of the past, and the new anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future features works from Stephenson, Cory Doctorow (Little Brother, Rapture of the Nerds) and others, to challenge people to think in terms of technology, creativity, and bold futures.
They’ll appear in conversation with Ed Finn, one of Heiroglyph‘s editors.
Post-Event Community Program: Following the program, there will be a post-event program, in the form of a brief flash fiction writing exercise open to the public. David Nixon (former Town Hall Scholar in Residence) and students from his UW Science Fiction and Philosophy class will provide a prompt to the audience to create a short work of free writing (100 words or less) inspired by the lecture—a work of Science Fiction with an optimistic view of technology. Readings may follow.
Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Learn more: About Doctorow; about Stephenson.