Imagining Possible Worlds

How does science fiction help us imagine the future?

On April 9th, renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, Wisconsin Institute of Discovery Director David Krakauer, Literary Scholar Monique Allewaert and TTBOOK's Steve Paulson will host a conversation about literature, science and the future. 

At the event, Robinson will announce the winning entries of the Three Minute Futures flash science fiction contest. 

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Where: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building (map)



Kim Stanley Robinson

Robinson is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author best-known for his Mars Trilogy. His most recent book Shaman explores the political and cultural dynamics of society during the Ice Age, before the invention of writing. 




David Krakauer

Krakauer is the director of WID, co-director for the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation, professor of genetics at UW-Madison and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in adaptive systems. In 2012, Krakauer was listed on Wired UK’s Smart List as one of 50 people “who will change the world.”


Monique Allewaert

Allewaert is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her first book Ariel’s Ecology: Plantations, Personhood, and Colonialism in the American Tropics (Minnesota, 2013) shows how the cultural forms of Afro Americans and Anglo- Americans in the American tropics presume what we might call an ecological mode of personhood. Allewaert serves on the editorial boards of American Literature and Resilience and has co-edited a Special Issue of American Literature focused on Ecocriticism (2012). Currently she is writing a book that integrates empiricist theories, materialisms, and ecocriticism to offer a new account of figure and figuration in 18th and 19th-century writing.

Steve Paulson

Paulson is the executive producer and an interviewer with To the Best of Our Knowledge. Paulson has written for Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Independent and other publications. His radio reports have also been broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” His recent book, Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science, was published by Oxford University Press.