Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and Speculative Imagination


Science fiction, fantasy, horror—speculative fiction—have become the most popular forms of storytelling in the world. And why not? Humanity is living in the future now, in a world that is changing incredibly, incomprehensibly, fast. What if? What else? How do we stay human in a universe filled with nonhuman entities, known, potential, and impossible? What is “human”? How do we move forward into the future? Speculative fiction is a way to engage with these and other questions, through art that informs, entertains, extrapolates, and inspires.

Led by Center Director Chris McKitterick, the Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination brings writers, readers, scholars, and fans of speculative fiction together to learn about and create work that changes the world.

The Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and Speculative Imagination exists to:

  • Promote speculative fiction as a mode of expression across time, regional boundaries, and forms of media.
     
  • Promote and encourage speculative literature at its best and most interesting.
     
  • Give scholars, readers, writers, educators, and librarians the tools to create and enjoy science fiction and related speculative genres through workshops and classes directed at professionals, students, and the public.
     
  • Form a bridge between STEM fields and the arts, by focusing on the art that engages most directly with STEM topics.

Full Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination website forthcoming. Questions and press inquiries may be directed to ad-astra@ku.edu.

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