Humans have imagined and described worlds other than our home planet for hundreds - even thousands - of years. But until 1609, with the advent of the telescope, humans had only their eyes to 'see' the reality of other worlds. Since this time, human understanding of other worlds in the solar system and beyond has increased dramatically, to the point where we regularly view the surfaces of distant objects in the solar system, and are on the cusp of viewing the surfaces of planets orbiting other stars. In this talk, I will briefly describe this journey of discovery and how it has influenced (and been influenced by) fictional accounts of other worlds from the 17th century discussions of Fontanelle to the 20th century stories of Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler and others.
Friday, April 26 at 11:30am to 12:15pm
Campbell Hall, C-Blair Classroom 215
141 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030