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Speaker Series: Laughing all the way to the Apocalypse at 7:00 PM

Speaker Series

"Laughing All the Way to the Apocalypse: Satirical Science Fiction from Kurt Vonnegut to Margaret Atwood"
John Plotz

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

7:00pm Hybrid Talk
ON ZOOM OR AT THE WELLESLEY FREE LIBRARY
Co-sponsored with Wellesley Free Library


Not all Science fiction is funny. But the writers who turn to satire have a track record of success that stretches back to Gulliver's Travels. This talk explores some science fiction from the Atomic Age (e.g. Slaughterhouse Five) and from our current climate catastrophe (eg Oryx and Crake). Plotz hopes to show that laughter is the royal road to Science Fiction’s greatest ability: to reshape the way its readers see the world.


Laughing All the Way to the Apocalypse: Satirical Science Fiction from Kurt Vonnegut to Margaret Atwood
John Plotz (plotz@brandeis.edu) is Mandel Professor of Humanities at Brandeis University, and editor of the B-Sides feature in Public Books. He co-hosts the podcast Recall This Book.  His books include  Portable Property (Princeton University Press, 2008),  Semi-Detached (Princeton University Press, 2017) and Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea: My Reading  (Oxford, August 2023). He and his wife Lisa live in Brookline; they recently became empty-nesters and are considering getting chickens once again.


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When:
Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 7:00 PM
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