Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Neal Stephenson and Cory Doctorow with Ed Finn: Reigniting Society’s Ambition with Science Fiction

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

Neal Stephenson
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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.

Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts.
Learn more: About Doctorow; about Stephenson.

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  1. Posted September 11, 2014 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    As a proud resident of what passes for the Metaverse these days, I am looking forward to being present at this historic event.

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