The Evolution of Science Fiction: Module Five

Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Gothic (1750-1820)

Saturday, November 21 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM [EST]

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Saturday, November 21 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM [EST]

Hope and fear, our two fundamental anticipatory emotions regarding the future, come to center stage in human consciousness and the evolution of science fiction during the Western Enlightenment and the subsequent Age of Romanticism and the Gothic. In fact, reason and science versus passion and sensation also clash and swirl around each other during this epochal period in the history of science fiction. The Western theory of future progress is both embraced and defended and attacked and ridiculed. Utopias and dystopias are written, and narrative visions of benevolent spirits and hideous monsters are created. In our imagination we begin to journey into the solar system, as well as deep into the unknown interior of the earth, and we dive into depression, obsession, and despair in the classic works of Frankenstein and The Last Man. We travel both into outer space and the inner space of the human mind. We are visited by aliens in Voltaire’s Micromegas and we visit them in Davy’s The Last Days of a Philosopher.  The past and the future fight it out, and Prometheus is both “unbound” and shackled again. Amidst the awe and the terror experienced over the future and the unknown, comedy and satire also become important elements in the ongoing evolution of science fiction. All in all, during this time we both see the light and run into the darkness. 

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Director of the Center, Tom Lombardo, Ph.D., and Co-Director, Jeanne Belisle Lombardo, M.A., are experienced educators, presenters and workshop facilitators. They are regular speakers and participants at futurist conventions and other conferences, as well as at various educational events at colleges and universities, nationally and globally. Dr. Lombardo is the writer of numerous books and articles in psychology, philosophy, education, and the future. Tom Lombardo is an awarded Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation, a special honor given to members who have made a globally recognized, significant and original contribution to futures studies. He is also an Executive Board member of the World Futures Studies Federation. The Center for Future Consciousness also has a network of fellow faculty, educators and futurists who serve on the advisory board. Tery Spataro is working with the Center for Future Consciousness to produce this event.

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