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Saturday, May 26 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Faith and Reason: Can Science Fiction Encompass Both?

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One way in which we might definine the genre of science fiction is as a literary form that generally respects the epistemic authority of scientific reason: technology instead of magic, and a universe without supernatural deities directing the course of events. Given that predisposition, is there room in a science fiction story for both reason *and* faith? This town hall-style session will feature initial statements by a few persons of faith who are also fans of science fiction, and then open up the discussion to all present at the session.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Professor and Associate Dean, American University
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. In addition to his work in the philosophy of science and the politics of national and transnational... Read More →

Speakers
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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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Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield’s short fantasy and science fiction has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and other magazines and anthologies.  Her most recent project, I, Cyborg, is a computer game set in her Intersolar universe and scheduled for release by Choice of Games in mid-2018... Read More →
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Holly Jackson

The Reverend Holly R. Jackson became pastor at the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley in August 2016. Previously, she served as the Minister of Christian Education at Hope United Church of Christ in Alexandria, VA. As someone who is passionate about children and families, Holly... Read More →
avatar for LG Ransom

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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Mark Schaffer

Rev. Mark Schaefer is the tenth University Chaplain in American University's history, appointed to the position in September 2016 after having served for 14 years as AU's United Methodist Chaplain. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and is an ordained elder in the... Read More →

Staff
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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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D