Symposium on Amazing Stories: Inspiration, Learning, and Adventure in Science Fiction
“By ‘scientifiction’ I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type
of story—a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic
vision … Not only do these amazing tales make tremendously interesting
reading—they are always instructive.”
-Hugo Gernsback, 1926.
When the widely recognized “Father of Science Fiction,” Hugo Gernsback first coined the term that captured the essence of the genre we now call science fiction (SF), he envisioned SF as a new form of literature that inspired with prophecy, taught with scientific and technical facts, and engaged with adventure. These traits unique to SF have launched many of its readers on trajectories into the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) fields.
Join us for a one-day symposium exploring SF as a medium for engaging imagination, a means for exploring STEM/STEAM fields, and an instrument for discovering interdisciplinary connections, and also celebrating the new City Tech Science Fiction Collection held in the Archives and Special Collections of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library.
Contact Jason Ellis at JEllis@citytech.cuny.edu for more information.
Organizing Committee: Jason Ellis (Chair), Aaron Barlow, Jill Belli, and Mary Nilles.
Hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY.