Worlds Of Speculative Fiction – Philosophical Themes

Worlds of Speculative Fiction is a monthly lecture and discussion series focused on philosophical themes in the narrative worlds created by now-classic authors in the field of speculative fiction.  These talks are provided by ReasonIO, delivered by Greg Sadler, and hosted by the Brookfield Public Library.  It is now in its second year.

In the first year, after a more general lecture about genres of speculative fiction, we examined narrative worlds of the following authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, A.E. Van Vogt, C.S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, Ursula K. Leguin, Michael Moorcock, Philip K. Dick, Mervyn Peake, and George R.R. Martin.

Each session is videorecorded and uploaded into YouTube, allowing people around the world to view them and to participate by way of comments.  If you’d like to access those videorecordings, you’ll find them here.

The schedule for this year’s monthly sessions is below.  All of the sessions start at 7 PM, typically the second Thursday of the month, and are held in the Harnischfeger Room.

Clicking on the author will take you to a page containing addition information, resources, and links about that author and his or her works (we’re in process of adding these pages).

  • January 12 – Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld
  • February 9 – Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet
  • March 9 – Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Galaxy
  • April 13 – Anne McCaffrey, World of Pern
  • May 11 – Orson Scott Card’s Enderverse
  • June 8 – Ian Banks’ Culture Series
  • July 13 – Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy
  • August 10 – H.P Lovecraft’s Universe of the Elder Gods
  • September 14 – William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy
  • October 12 – C. L. Moore’s Fantastic Worlds
  • November 9 – L. Sprague de Camp’s Worlds of the Compleat Enchanter
  • December 14 – Jorge Luis Borges’ Philosophical Universes
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