Fear of First Contact: How Science and Fiction Inform Our Search for Alien Life
Name: Fear of First Contact: How Science and Fiction Inform Our Search for Alien Life
Date: October 21, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Science fiction and cosmic horror stories have shaped popular conceptions of extraterrestrials. These works examine the alien, the other and the fear of the unknown. They’ve forged our collective understanding and even influenced approaches to space exploration and policy. Hear from sci-fi authors and scientists studying the origin and makeup of our universe. Learn how science and science fiction influence one another as humanity pushes further into space, looking for signs of life and evidence of the origins of the universe. This STEM Fest Café is part of the Future Telling: Science + Fiction series, brought to you by NIU STEM Read and the NIU University Libraries. Learn more at go.niu.edu/futuretelling.