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Sunday, May 27 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Transtemporal and Transdimensional Worlds

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“Other worlds” are most commonly represented within the popular imagination in a surprisingly derivative fashion. Writers and producers create books, movies, and TV shows which often show us the “alien environment,” that is barren, or entirely liquid, or densely populated with exotic trees and creatures, asserting ingenuity despite their presentation of creatures and places that take recognizable forms, that can communicate easily with new races and survive meaningfully in unfamiliar surroundings. While there is much to be gained from the exploration of such worlds, this panel will shift focus towards the metaphysical, highlighting worlds that exist between time and space, pushing the boundaries of our shared reality and reshaping our conception of what constitutes a world or world making. Panelists will discuss other worlds that transcend not only place and historicity, but also the constraints of time and material existence altogether, by exploring created worlds which foreground nonlinear existence, both temporally and dimensionally.

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Barry Luokkala

Physics professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Barry Luokkala is a teaching professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did experimental research in the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere. He received his PhD in experimental condensed... Read More →

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Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →

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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
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