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From Science Fiction to Science Fact!

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Join us for an engaging event with a multitude of stars!  On May 27th, 2015 The Arizona Science Center, The Dion Initiative and Arizona State University proudly present “From Science Fiction to Science Fact”, a compelling round table discussion and audience Q & A with Science Fiction writer Richard Peck, former NASA Chief Technologist, Mason Peck and Moderator, Author and Activist, Brad Snyder.  

Highlights of tomorrow nights event include:

       A first-of-its- kind panel discussion with one of America’s foremost accomplished Science Fiction Writers, Richard Peck, and his son, former NASA Chief Technologist, Mason Peck.  Audience Q & A to follow discussion.

       Author and Activist, Brad Snyder will moderate the event.

      Special Introduction presented by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

       Discussion will focus on the inherent power of science fiction and it’s ability to simultaneously teach young students, artists, makers, geeks, nerds, entertain its fans, and thrill proponents of space exploration, and those looking to inspire the next generation.

       Find out how close are we to “beam me up Scotty” and if we are moving to Mars?

       Ever wonder if there is there life on Europa or if UFO’s are real?

      Is it true that artificial intelligence is only a year away? What about Zombie’s?

Guest Speakers include one of America’s most accomplished science fiction writers, Richard Peck, who’s early 1970’s writing could be seen everywhere. His short stories, which theoretically invented the concept of GPS, appeared in magazines, his screenplays were sold to moviemakers in Hollywood, and his first published novel, Final Solution (Doubleday, 1972), was nominated for The John W. Campbell award as Best SF Novel of the Year.

Joining him is his son, one of America’s most brilliant technological minds, Richard Mason, Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. As a young boy, Mason was exposed to rich imagination and flourished in the science fiction environment he was immersed in and ultimately embraced space science and technology. He went on to serve as NASA's Chief Technologist in Washington, DC from 2011-2014. In that role, he acted as the agency\'s chief strategist for technology investment and prioritization and advocate for innovation in space science, space exploration, and aeronautics. He has since decided to create formal opportunities for scientists to learn from artists.

The evening will also include a lively discussion about such topics as the works of the Hugo Award winning Science Fiction Writer, Isaac Asimov, science fiction realities and fantasies and the logistics of settling Mars.  Most importantly, one can learn how pop culture and the arts can, and should be used to spark learning in young students and ultimately aid in the development of new technologies.

For more information, please call Tony Felice at 480-567-6890 or Lisa Wojciechowski at 310-918-2613 or email Tony at

DATE OF EVENT:  Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

TIME: 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

EVENT: From Science Fiction to Science Fact

WHERE: Arizona Science Center located at 600 E. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85004   phone 602.716.2000

COST: General admission tickets will be sold for $7.00 and can be bought online.

ASSETS AVAILABLE: Video of Jupiter and Europa, High-Res photos of squid prototype

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