Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 5:00p -
Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 123, MIT Campus
32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02139
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The Spooky Science of the Southern Reach - An Evening with Jeff VanderMeer
Thursday, April 16, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 pm
32-123 (Stata Center)
Jeff VanderMeer, author of the New York Times bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), will join G. Eric Schaller, Professor of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth, for a broad-ranging discussion about the scientific and philosophical ideas that inspired the series. The two friends and occasional collaborators will discuss conservation science, VanderMeer's relationship with the natural world, and the theme of extinction in "slow apocalypse" fiction, as well as the role of real-world science in science fiction. Moderator: Seth Mnookin.
Jeff VanderMeer published all three books in the bestselling Southern Reach trilogy in 2014. A widely acclaimed master and proponent of "weird fiction," he is also the author of the bestselling City of Saints and Madmen, among many other works. His writing has won many of the major science fiction awards, including the British Science Fiction Award Association, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula Award.
G. Eric Schaller is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program at Dartmouth. His research focuses on the roles played by plant hormones and their relation to real-world agricultural problems, such as the control of ripening and senescence. He is also an accomplished artist, and he has illustrated several of VanderMeer's works.
Seth Mnookin is Acting Director of the MIT Communications Forum and Associate Director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the National Association of Science Writers' Science in Society Book Award.