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“The Symbiosis of Science and Speculative Fiction”
Malka Older, aid worker, doctoral candidate and author of the acclaimed science fiction political thriller "Infomocracy," will discuss how her academic work in disasters, risk, technology and organizations informs her creative writing and how her novels impact
Narrative informs scientific research from the initial inquiry through the communication of findings. Speculative fiction draws on existing science, pushes research in new directions and searches for the truth in alternative scenarios.
Older will talk about her experience balancing and sometimes combining the two approaches to dealing with crucial issues for the present and the future.