Kim Stanley Robinson Q &A

On the morning of Thursday, March 6, 2008, Georgia Tech students met with international award-winning science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson in Georgia Tech’s Library East Commons.  The event began with an interview by Paul Clifton for WREK radio and concluded with a general group discussion.  This event was hosted by the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture with the participation of WREK radio and the Georgia Tech Library.


Open Lecture by Science Fiction Author Kim Stanley Robinson

On the afternoon of Thursday, March 6, 2008, over 150 Georgia Tech faculty and students gathered in the Bill Moore Student Success Center to hear science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson talk about representing abrupt climate change in science fiction ad the everyday world. This event was hosted by the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture as part of the LCC Speakers Series.


Yaszek Book Signing at Barnes and Noble

On February 21, 2008, the Ivan Allen College for the Liberal hosted a book signing in honor of Professor Lisa Yaszek's new book, Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women's Science Fiction at the Georgia Tech Barnes & Noble.

For more information on Galatic Suburbia go to OSU Press .



Science Fiction Film Series

Location: Library East Commons area, 7 pm
Brittain Fellow, Allison Whitney is hosting a science fiction series in conjunction with her English 1102 class "Science Fiction - Image, Sound, Text." These screenings are free and open to everyone at Georgia Tech.

January 22 - Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)

January 29 - The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951)

February 5 - THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971)

February 12 - Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)

February 19 - Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)

February 26 - Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)

March 25 - Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)

April 1 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1991)

April 8 - Trekkies (Roger Nygard, 1997)


Episode Three of The Sci Fi Lab

In July 2007, WREK, Georgia Tech’s student run radio channel, began hosting a new show called The Sci-Fi Lab.  The Sci-Fi Lab is a two hour variety show dedicated to “the best in everything science fiction.”  It is a direct outgrowth of Professor Lisa Yaszek’s Science Fiction Laboratory and jointly produced by WREK and the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture.  Previous shows have explored science fiction fan culture, writing, and film and featured interviews with film scholars Bob Wood and Joy Telotte, editor John C. Snider, and author Kim Stanley Robinson.  Future shows will explore science fiction conventions and game culture.

Those of you living in the Atlanta metro area can tune in live on 91.1 FM on the third Sunday of every month at 7PM EST. Long distance friends can stream the show from WREK . It will also be available for your listening pleasure in the WREK archives for one week after the live broadcast (check us out under "Sunday Special"). After that, you'll be able to download mp3s of the show from LCC Creative Projects.

Monstrous Bodies

In April 2005 Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Communication, and Culture hosted a two-day symposium in which authors, scholars, and students examined the meaning of monstrous bodies in Western culture. The conference included expert lectures as well as literary readings, panel presentations, and small-group discussions. Other events occuring in conjunction with the symposium included a film festival, art exhibits and book exhibits drawn from the Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection.

Following up on the success of Spring 2004's Frankenstein Festival, the Monstrous Bodies symposium provided members of the Georgia Tech community with an opportunity to explore questions such as: What are “normal” versus “monstrous” bodies? How do specific scientific, social, and/or economic practices encourage the creation of such bodies? How do we represent monstrous bodies, and what do they mean to us—how do they signify our hopes and fears about living in the modern world?

For symposium proceedings, go to

Frankenstein: Penetrating the
Secrets of Nature

From March 17—April 30, 2004, the Georgia Tech Library hosted Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, a traveling exhibition. Since the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus in 1818, the story of Frankenstein has endured in Western popular culture. This exhibit suggested that the ongoing debate over scientific research has often been informed and colored by a consciousness of Shelley’s novel and the various popular culture representations it has spawned. In six sections, the exhibit introduced the history behind the novel and its author; offered an overview of 18th and 19th century scientific investigations; explored themes in the novel; traced the transformation of the “monster” into a popular culture icon; and examined how the popular notion of “Frankenstein” informs public debate on issues such as organ transplants, genome research, and cloning.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature was developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association. It was made possible by major grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., and the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md. The traveling exhibition was based upon a major exhibition produced by the National Library of Medicine in 1997-1998.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. London, 1831. Singer-Mendenhall Collection, Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania.

For the 1831 edition of
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote a new preface and made several changes in the text. She expressed great affection for her "hideous progeny."