In conjunction with our new science fiction exhibit, Strange Data, Infinite Possibilities, Special Collections is excited to announce a lecture series featuring three very special guest speakers.
Friday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.
SDSU alumnus Greg Bear sold his first short story to Famous Science Fiction at age 15 and, along with high-school friends, helped found San Diego Comic-Con. At SDSU, he was a teaching assistant for Prof. Elizabeth Chater's science fiction course and went on to be a quite successful writer of hard science fiction, fantasy and horror. Bear is the recipient of two Hugo Awards and five Nebula Awards and has had more than 60 works published. His newest book, Halo: Silentium (Tor Books, 2013) will be available for signing at this wonderful kick-off event. If you are unfortunate enough to miss out, you can still catch Greg Bear at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Growing up in the 50s, Larry McCaffery was first exposed to science fiction via the work of Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Alfred Bester - and by the stream of "B movies" that were appearing. By the 1980s, he was teaching SF classes and discovering the many interactions occurring then between SF, film, rock music, and postmodern culture generally. Over the next 20 years, he published a collection of interviews with innovative American SF authors (Across the Wounded Galaxies, 1991) and several fiction anthologies that featured SF authors, including Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern SF (1992). As a true postmodernist, you can expect McCaffery to find SF in the most unlikely places, and he always turns out to be right!
Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.
"From 1972 to 2000 Vernor Vinge taught math and computer science at San Diego State University. In 1982, at a panel for AAAI-82, he proposed that in the near future, technology would accelerate the evolution of intelligence itself, leading to a kind of "singularity" beyond which merely human extrapolation was essentially impossible. Vinge sold his first science fiction story in 1964. His novella True Names (1981) is one of the earliest stories about cyberspace. Rainbows End (2006) looks at the implications of wearable computing and smart environments. Vinge has won five Hugos, including three for Best Novel. His latest novel is The Children of the Sky (2011)." Join us for this closing lecture that is sure to be a fascinating exploration of the complex relationship between humankind and technology.
All lectures will take place in Love Library Rm. 108, directly adjacent to the Donor Hall. For more information on the lecture series or the exhibit, please contact Special Collections at 619-594-6791. For information on visitor parking, please visit the parking information webpage. A map for disabled access is also available.