The Science-Fiction Continuum
Friday 25 October 2019, 13:30 – 14:30
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom ABC
This conversation will explore how creative expression and concrete research and development are in a continual feedback loop showing that art inspires action and vice-versa. Experts in the history of science-fiction and technology talk about how quality science-fiction is rooted in research done by authors to understand what’s around the corner, what science tells us and expand on that, and conversely, how scientists are inspired by the fictional envelope-pushing to drive their innovations. How Sci-Fi sometimes gets it right and sometimes wrong – sometimes picturing what doesn’t happen and missing what does, and why. And, what does that mean for all of us?
Curator and Department Chair, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum