New Scientist Presents: The Explorers' Club
15 June 2017
Frobisher Auditorium 1
Is the golden age of exploration just beginning? Who decides what the future looks like? Do we really need reality anymore? And is it time we let go of our humanity?
New Scientist presents a series of conversations on the themes of the Barbican’s landmark exhibition, Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction. Leading scientific and cultural figures will explore how today’s cutting-edge ideas, discoveries and inventions inspire the literature, art and games of tomorrow – and vice versa.
In the first of the series, Adam Roberts (author of Twenty Trillion Leagues under the Sea and a forthcoming biography of HG Wells) talks to Stephen Baxter (author of Wells sequels The Time Ships and The Massacre of Mankind) in The Explorers’ Club. Are today’s writers inspired by the research done at NASA or CERN, as Verne and Wells were by the gentlemen scientists of their day? And are today’s high-tech explorers driven by the same passions as their steampunk precursors?