We may not often think of the role imagination plays in our society and in our everyday lives. Without imagination, would the internet exist? Would Edison have invented the light bulb? Would primitive man have invented the wheel?
Literature is a field where the imagination is encouraged to run freely. Science fiction in particular pushes the imagination to its limits. UC San Diego recently created a center devoted to this creative aspect of our minds, dedicated to the very imaginative author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke.
If you were one of many who missed out on Salman Rushdie’s appearance last month at UC San Diego’s Revelle Forum, then you’ll be happy to know you can catch it on UCSD-TV starting tonight, Ocotber 8, at 8pm, and also online.
In a conversation with Seth Lerer, dean of Arts and Humanities, Rushdie shares details from his autobiography, “Joseph Anton: A Memoir,” a compelling account of his years in hiding after being condemned by the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. He also addresses the infamous anti-Islamic video that has sparked riots across the Middle East.
Today we remember legendary writer Ray Bradbury, who passed away this week at the age of 91.
A prolific writer who helped elevate the literary reputation of the science fiction genre, Bradbury has also been one of the most popular guests on the “Writer’s Symposium by the Sea” series from Pt. Loma Nazarene University.