Our Temporalities, Our Selves: The History of Time Travel in Science Fiction

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Date & Time: Saturday, July 13, 2019
4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School
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Alpharetta Branch Library
10 Park Plaza
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Cost: Free
Description: Presented by Dr. Lisa Yaszek, School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech

In this presentation, Dr. Lisa Yaszek will explore the history of time travel as it has been imagined by science fiction artists across media for the past 150 years. Dr. Yaszek begins by mapping the evolution of time travel stories in print from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) to Octavia Butler's Kindred (1979) and Connie Willis's Blackout series (2010). She then considers time travel stories in other media, including radio shows such as Doug Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide To the Universe (1978); films such as Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and video games such as Ninetendo's Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Taken together, Yaszek argues, stories about time travel challenge us to think about philosophical issues including free will versus predestination, memory and identity, and the relationship of love, loss, and death--in other words to think about the human experience itself. 

All are welcome! Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to guarantee seating.
More Information: Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/561443517698682/
E-mail: Jeffrey.Stinson@fultoncountyga.gov
Entered by: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (LibraryComments@fultoncountyga.gov)

Created: March 30, 2019 at 10:45 AM
Last Modified: June 13, 2019 at 9:34 AM

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