Library of Congress What If... Lecture Series

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2015 Programs
Speaker Date Title
Fran Wilde December 3 Flights of Fancy and Fact
101 Independence Avenue SE, LM 139
Alistair Reynolds October 13 Mars in Science and Science Fiction
101 Independence Avenue SE, LM 139
Panel Discussion May 12 Fascinating and Immersive: Strategies, Spaces, and Science Fiction - Educational Approach at the Museum and in the Library
Mumford Room, 6th Floor, Madison Building
Rob Shelsky April 28 UFOs in the Library
Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, Madison Building
Peter Tsouras March 4 Bayonets, Balloons & Ironclads
Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, Madison Building
Marc Okrand February 19 Klingons in the Library
Dining Room A, 6th Floor, Madison Building
Keith Donohue January 15 Monsters in the Library (Pickford Theater)
2014 Programs
Myke Cole January 31 Shadow Ops: Black Hawk Down Meets the X-Men (Pickford Theater)
Kristin Bailey February 12 Making Science Fiction and Fantasy accessible to young readers (Pickford Theater)
Chuck Coleman March 5 "Steampunk Chuck" Photography (LM-139)
Philipa Ballantine April 11 Women in Fantasy and Steampunk (Pickford Theater)
Laura Kaye May 7 Making Old Stories New: Writing Greek-Mythology-Based Fiction (Pickford Theater)
Janet & Chris Morris June 25 Social Reconstruction through Heroic Fiction: The Role of Literature in Envisioning our Future (LM-139)
Charles Gannon July 23 Trial By Fire (sequel to Fire With Fire) (Pickford Theater)
Michael Sullivan August 14 Hollow World: A time-travel story that deals with issues of post-scarcity, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and climate change (Pickford Theater)
Geoffrey Golden CANCELLED September 12 The Devastator magazine: Funny Books for Humans (The Devastator contains geek humor, pop-culture parody, social satire, humor comics, funny art, and funny articles for fanboys and comedy nerds alike) (LM-139)
Synetic Theater October 7 The Art of Movement: How the Synetic Theater brings science fiction and fantasy to life on stage (Pickford Theater)
Paolo Bacigalupi October 14 Paolo Bacigalupi, American writer in the genres of biopunk, science fiction, young-adult novels. Notable works: The Windup Girl, Ship Breaker. (Dining Room A at 12:30)
Carol Vigna October 31 Confessions of a Costume Addict, part trois (Pickford Theater at noon)
Charles Vess November 7 The Fantastic Art of Charles Vess (Pickford Theater at noon)
Tom Doyle November 20 American Craftsmen (In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil—if they don’t kill each other first.) (Staff Multipurpose Room (SMP) 1:00 p.m.)
Jean Marie Ward December 3 Readings from SF&F anthology, Athena’s Daughters (LM-139 12:30 p.m.)