Learn about the Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction & the Speculative Imagination
Science fiction, fantasy, horror—speculative fiction—have become the most popular forms of storytelling in the world. And why not? Humanity is living in the future now, in a world that is changing incredibly, incomprehensibly, fast. What if? What else? How do we stay human in a universe filled with nonhuman entities, known, potential, and impossible? What is “human,” anyway? How do we move into the future? Speculative fiction is a way to ask and answer these and other questions, through art that informs, entertains, extrapolates, and inspires.
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“Speculative fiction posits other worlds, other ways of being, and then puts real people there, which lures the reader into that space, where they can look around with wonder, with terror, with hope, with dread — but what matters is that they're imagining a different reality. And doing that imaginative work is what gets us to make new places, and new ways of being, real."
What is Science Fiction and Why Study It?
Science fiction is the literature of the human species encountering change, whether it arrives via scientific discoveries, technological innovations, natural events, or societal shifts.Defining Science Fiction