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Thursday, October 12 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Gotta Get Outta Here: Why We Love Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Why do people value entertainment and escapism above almost anything but food and shelter? Why do we plunge ourselves into made up worlds? Is it because reality sucks? Or because storytellers present worlds that are better than ours? And how do our minds respond to the impossible? We'll investigate these questions and yours, with the help of Nick Kanas M.D. (psychologist), Jonathan Keats (philosopher), and sci-fi/fantasy authors, Meg Elison, Pat Murphy, and Ransom Stephens. $15 general public / FREE for Library members

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Meg Elison

Meg Elison is the author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Tiptree recommendation, Audie Award nominee and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. Her sequel, The Book of Etta, was published in February 2017. She has also been published in McSweeney’s, The Establishment, Catapult, Compelling Science Fiction, Terraform, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC... Read More →
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Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats is an experimental philosopher, writer and artist. He is the author of six books, most recently You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future, published by Oxford University Press. His conceptually-driven interdisciplinary art projects, hosted by in... Read More →
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Nick Kanas M.D.

Nick Kanas, M.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was the Principal Investigator of NASA-funded research on astronauts. He is the author of Humans in Space: The Psychological Hurdles, which won the 2016 International... Read More →
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Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy has won two Nebula Awards, the Philip K. Dick Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Seiun Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Her novels include The Falling Woman, The City Not Long After, Nadya: The Wolf Chronicles, Wild Angel, andAdventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell. Her short stories are collected in Points of Departure and Women Up To No Good. With Karen Joy Fowler, she co-founded the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender. Pat also helps children stay curious at... Read More →
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Ransom Stephens

Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., is the author of The Left Brain Speaks The Right Brain Laughs: a look at the neuroscience of innovation & creativity in art, science, & life (Viva Editions) His novels include The God Patent (47North), a perspective altering novel of science and religion, and The Sensory Deception (47North), a story of environmentalism, virtual reality, and idealism gone wrong. Watch for The 99% Solution and Too Rich to Die next... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104
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