Inspired by Asimov

Jan. 2 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of influential science fiction author Isaac Asimov, whose hard-science approach to his craft sparked the imaginations of countless writers and scientists. In recent years, Asimov’s birthday has also become known as “Science Fiction Day.”


In celebration of this centennial, we are taking a look at how Asimov influenced Georgia Institute of Technology faculty and students, and also offer a selection of Asimov-themed reading suggestions for Science Fiction Day from the faculty of the science fiction studies program in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts., including LMC's Dr. Lisa Yaszek. Read the full feature HERE.

And there is much more news from Lisa Yaszek in recent media features:


Interview with Livescience.com about the concept of time travel https://www.livescience.com/time-travel-origins.html. Live Science is a science news website run by Future via Purch, Live Science covers scientific breakthroughs, research ventures and odd facts from around the world in an online newsmagazine format. Stories and editorial commentary are typically syndicated to major news outlets, such as Yahoo!, MSNBC, AOL, and Fox News. The website has about 8 million monthly visitors.


In The Lily--the worlds oldest feminist magazine!--about gender fluidity in science fiction. Featured with Contance Penley and Star Wars's Billy Dee Williams: https://www.thelily.com/a-star-wars-actor-came-out-as-gender-fluid-women-have-been-using-sci-fi-to-explore-gender-and-sexuality-for-centuries/. The Lily was founded by U.S. feminist Amelia Bloomer in 1849. It was rebooted by the Washington Post in 2017. The Lily has about 300,000 followers on social media and an average of 300,000 unique site visits per month, plus whatever boost it gets from WaPo's 86M readers per month.


And in Space.com's article about the enduring appeal of Star Wars: https://www.space.com/star-wars-franchise-continuing-popularity.html. Space.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier.  The company was originally founded in 1999 by news anchor Lou Dobbs and Rich Zahradnick, with Zahradnik serving as the first President, a position later filled by Sally Ride — the first American woman in space. Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was on the board of directors. Space.com has won numerous journalistic awards and has about a million followers on its various social media platforms as well as nearly 2 million monthly site visitors.


A great beginning of the New Year 2020!

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