Puget Sound English Department

May 23, 2009

Policy-Wonks Mingle with Science-Fiction Enthusiasts

Filed under: Activities off Campus,Literature — O. @ 6:32 pm

2001_a_space_odyssey_11(image at left: The computer, Hal, says hello to the astronaut, Dave, in the cinematic version of 2001: A Space Odyssey)

In The Washington Post, David Montgomery wrote an article about a recent Homeland Security Science & Technology Stakeholders Conference, at which those interested in technology mingled with those who imagine the technology of the future and that technology’s consequences (sci-fi writers).  The master of ceremonies for one session was novelist Greg Bear, author of Quantico and many other “hard” science-fiction novels. Also mentioned in Montgomery’s article are Arland Andrews, Robert Heinlein, Philip K. Dick, Mr. Spock, Arthur C. Clarke, whose quotation from 1962 is cited: “Only readers or writers of science fiction are really competent to discuss the possibilities of the future.”   Perhaps someone was there to represent Michel Foucault‘s idea of  “the panopticon” as well.

Here is a link to Montgomery’s article, which also appears on page A-4 of the Tacoma News Tribune (May 21, 2009):



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