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Saturday, July 22 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
REASON DAY Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, David Brin - Is Spock Libertarian? The Politics of Science Fiction

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Panelists include Nick Gillespie, Reason.com and Reason TV; Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor in Chief of Reason; Peter Suderman, Features Editor for Reason; and Lord Voldemort (a very special guest who cannot be named).


From its earliest examples such as Mary Shelley's The Last Man, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter, the novels of Jules Verne, plays such as Karel Capek's R.U.R., and movies such as 1924's Aelita to current blockbuster franchises such as The Avengers, Star Wars, and Wonder Woman, science fiction is an artistic genre that inherently questions politics, cultural conventions, and the trajectory of history. At the same time, there is a strong case to be made that simply by speculating on and proposing alternative futures, science fiction is inherently libertarian because it forces us all to consider and choose between possible ways of ordering human fsociety.


"Is Spock Libertarian?" will be a rollicking, take-no-hold discussion about whether libertarianism defines science fiction, the rise of left-wing and alt-right elements in the Hugo Awards, and what authors, directors, and visionaries should be celebrated and promoted to broaden the audience for libertarian ideas.


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David Brin

David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author.  His new novel about our survival in the near future is Existence.   A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman.  His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into... Read More →
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Nick Gillespie

Editor-In-Chief, Reason TV & Reason.com
Nick Gillespie is editor-in-chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." The two sites draw over 4 million visits per month and have been named among the nation's best political sites. He is co-author... Read More →
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Katherine Mangu-Ward

Editor-in-Chief, Reason Magazine
Katherine Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason, the magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." A few of her more memorable cover stories include a defense of plastic bags, an argument for why you almost certainly shouldn't vote, and an introduction to the new "robot overlords... Read More →
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Peter Suderman

Features Editor, Reason
Peter Suderman is features editor at Reason. He writes regularly on health care, the federal budget, tech policy, and pop culture. He is also a pop culture columnist for Vox and a 2010 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.Before joining Reason, Suderman worked as a writer and editor at... Read More →

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Reason is the monthly print magazine of "free minds and free markets." It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Reason provides a refreshing alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a principled... Read More →

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:10pm - 3:00pm MDT
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