Feynman to Starbuck to quantum mechanics to warp drive -- it can be tough to tell science from science fiction, scientists from characters. At its best, science fiction opens a window onto realities that would be otherwise impossible, while often real science can sound more fanciful than any imagining. (Of course, sometimes people are simply lying.)
Join The Story Collider for six stories of science fiction brought to reality and... science so extraordinary, it feels like fiction. April 20th, 8 p.m., at Pacific Standard.
Ryan Britt, Writer and Science Fiction Blogger
Michele Carlo, Writer/Performer/Native New Yorker.
Colin Dempsey, Singer/Songwriter
David Morgan: Professor of Physics
April Salazar, Writer
Aaron Wolfe, Film Editor, Writer, and Musician
Ryan Britt works for the science fiction and fantasy website Tor.com, where he blogs about all aspects of the genre. His commentary on SF&F has also appeared with the Hugo Award-winning web magazine Clarkesworld. Ryan's other writing has been published with Opium Magazine, Nerve.com,The New Inquiry, Soon Quarterly and elsewhere. He has performed on stage with The Liar Show, The Moth, Stripped Stories, and many others. He has recently returned from the Sirenland Writing Workshop in Positano, Italy.
Michele Carlo is a writer/performer who has lived in four of the five boroughs of NYC and remembers when a slice of pizza cost fifty cents. She has been published in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood’s Lost & Found: Stories From New York, Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, and SMITH magazine, and told her stories everywhere a person can tell stories in NYC--including The Moth Mainstage. Her memoir, Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks, was published by Citadel Press in August 2010. www.michelecarlo.com
Colin Dempsey is an Irish singer/songwriter, storyteller and writer based in New York. He has performed his unique blend of folk and blues music in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and most recently the US. When not strumming, Colin is cheering audiences with personal tales of growing up in Dublin; he is the former producer and co-host of Comedyland at Astoria’s Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, and still continues to gab throughout venues in Manhattan. When not telling stories (yes, he does shut up...) he is writing them--you can catch him doing so at Kettle of Fish in the West Village every Wednesday... at the bar. www.colindempsey.com
David Morgan holds a PhD in theoretical high-energy physics from The College of William and Mary. He currently teaches physics and astronomy at Eugene Lang College, a division of The New School. He has been interviewed for several science stories on National Public Radio, and in 2005 he received a commission from the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Sloan Foundation to write a play called The Osiander Preface. He still can't believe he got away with that one.
April Salazar lives and works in New York City. She has told stories at Moth StorySLAMs, Kevin Geeks Out, and Risk!, and she was one of the 100 guitarists who participated in the world premiere of Glenn Branca's Symphony No. 13 (Hallucination City). She knows several computer languages, but only the dirty words.
Aaron Wolfe lives in Brooklyn and is a film and TV editor, musician, writer, and general trivia whiz. He is a Moth StorySLAM winner and writes a blog at autonomika.tumblr.com where he creates an annotated mixtape about his life. Special skills: accidentally adopting other people's accents, worrying about conversations with barbers, and ordering dim sum.