A Virtual History of Time Travel in Science Fiction with Dr. Lisa Yaszek
In honor of the 126th anniversary of the initial publication of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, Dr. Yaszek, Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology will give a brief history of time travel and then take your questions as time allows.
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One of the few good things about 2020 was that it marked the 125th anniversary of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, an iconic tale that heralded the beginning of modern science fiction and introduced audiences to one of the genre's most beloved motifs: the time machine itself.
So, where did Wells get his ideas, and why do we love stories about time travel so much? In this talk, Lisa Yaszek takes audiences on a whirlwind tour of time travel stories through the ages - from the awe-inspiring time dilation tales of ancient Indian and Japanese mythology to the comedic stylings of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Hot Tub Machine to the thoughtful melancholy of Interstellar and Send Me.
She concludes by exploring how Wells drew on some of the most exciting new sciences and technologies of his day--ranging from evolutionary theory to automobiles to early cinema--as well as popular representations of real world scientists themselves to make Wells's protagonist and his marvelous machine come alive for audiences of all ages.