Science Fiction
The Mythology of the Future

Grand Rapids, Michigan
September 19-21, 2014

 

What is the Value of this Workshop?

Science fiction is the most visible and influential form of futurist thinking in contemporary popular culture.

 

What Does it Cover?

Who is the Presenter?

This personally transformative 3-day workshop offers a sweeping, intellectually stimulating overview of science fiction, from ancient times to the consciousness-expanding visions of contemporary cosmic science fiction. Topics include: Science Fiction Literature and Cinema; Science Fiction Art; Science Fiction and the Evolution of Human Culture; and the Science Fiction Community and Way of Life.

Tom Lombardo, Executive Director of the Center for Future Consciousness and The Wisdom Page, is a futurist and speaker on the psychology and philosophy of the future, wisdom, and “science fiction as the mythology of the future.” He has published over fifty articles and books on wisdom, education, psychology, and future consciousness. To explore Tom’s vast repository of resources on these themes and more, explore our website.

 

 

Event Location and Details
Registration Fee: $395
Includes 3 Days:
Continental Breakfast,
Lunch, Afternoon Snack,
Writing Session, Evening Film Events & Dialogue Groups

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
310 Pearl Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
*For special room rate reserve by 8/17/14
616-451-8731
Ask for Sara
http://www.higrdt.com/
(Other hotels are available nearby.)

 

Register &

Who Should Attend?
  • SF Novices & Enthusiasts
  • Educators
  • Futurists
  • Film and Art Enthusiasts
  • Psychologists
  • Readers & Writers of Literature
  • Anyone interested in science, art, history, philosophy, myth, religion, space exploration, technology, and all dimensions of the future.

Schedule Highlights

Day One:

Introduction: Defining Science Fiction; Holistic Future Consciousness; The Cosmic Perspective; Myth, Fantasy, & Science Fiction; Evolutionary Mythology
Early History: Pre-Modern Visions of the Future & the Fantastical; Utopias; Science, the Enlightenment, & Journeys into Space; Romanticism & the Gothic; Prometheus & Frankenstein; The Double-Edged Sword of Science Fiction; Hope, Fear, & Wonder
The Nineteenth Century: Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages; Evolution & Entropy; Future War, Utopias, Androids, & Cosmic Mysticism; Science Fiction Graphics; Wells’ Evolutionary Visions
Early Twentieth Century: A Glowing Future; A Transforming Universe; The Amazing, Wondrous, & Astounding (Gernsback, Paul, and Campbell); Robots & Newts; Cinema (Méliès, Aelita, and Metropolis); Space Opera and Cosmic Evolution (Smith and Stapledon)
Afternoon Writing Workshop
Evening Dialogue Group
and Movie Events

Day Two:

The Golden Age: Adventures in Space & Time; Writers of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame; Robots & Future History (Heinlein & Asimov); Comics; Dystopias & the Human Madness of the Golden Age; Metaphysics & Christian Science Fiction
The Silver Age: The Explosion of Science Fiction Cinema; The Fantastical Light of Alfred Bester; Transcendence at the End of the World; Clarke’s Mythic Narratives; Star Trek as a Way of Life; Human Evolution; Dick & the Questioning of Reality
The New Culture and the New Wave: Cultural Transformation & Science Fiction; The Erotic, Blasphemous, Dangerous, Psychedelic, & Catastrophic; Kubrick & Science Fiction Cinema; The Emergence of Women Science Fiction Writers (LeGuin, Tiptree, and Atwood)
The 1980s: How Science Fiction Conquered the World; The Cinema (Star Wars, Brazil, and Bladerunner); The Science Fiction Community; The Culture & Metaphysics of Cyberpunk; Wisdom and the Comedic
Afternoon Writing Workshop
Evening Dialogue Group
and Movie Events

Day Three:

The 1990s: The Farthest Reaches of Space, Time, & Mind; The Evolution of Aliens; The Future of Everything; Biotech & Ecological Engineering; In Love with Destruction; Alternative Realities & Steampunk; Watchmen & the Graphic Novel; Regressive Romanticism & Naturalism
The New Millennium: Time Travel; Global Visions; Love in the Cosmos; The Singularity; The Evolution of Mind; Cosmic Science Fiction
Summary & Conclusion: Archetypal Narratives & Themes; The Value of Science Fiction; Science Fiction as the Evolutionary Mythology of the Future
Afternoon Writing Workshop
Evening Dialogue Group
and Movie Events

 

For More Information:

Email us at tom@centerforfutureconsciousness.com or jeanne@centerforfutureconsciousness.com

For information on other workshops visit:
www.centerforfutureconsciousness.com