TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

June 14, 2012

Sci-fi fun kicks off at library


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

Two weeks of science-fiction at the Laurel County Public Library begins tonight at 6 p.m. with “Science Fiction Turning Fiction into Fact,” with Dr. Robert Royar.

On June 21st beginning at 6 p.m., the sci-fi movie, “The Time Machine.” will be shown

And to finish the month, Dr. Meg Wallace of the University of Kentucky will present, again at 6 p.m. “Science Fiction and Philosophy.”

Tonight, Royar, of Morehead State University, will discuss how science fiction creates works that tend to fall on one end or the other.

He also discusses the role technology has played in science fiction from its beginnings.

He earned his doctorate in rhetoric and composition at the University of Louisville in 1987.

Royar has been teaching with computers since 1985.

Tonight he will discuss annual series of science fiction stories that represent the genre as it is developing.

On June 21st, the sci-fi movie “The Time Machine,” which opened in Aug. 17, 1960, will be shown between 6 and 8 p.m. at the library.

It all begins on Jan. 5, 1900, when H.G. Wells arrives late at his own dinner party.

He tells the guests of his travels in his time machine.

Wells knew that his machine was stationary in geographic position, but he could not account for changes in what happens over time in that location.

In the discussion he told his friends that he did not find the Utopian society he had wished to develop.

The 103-minute movie is a romantic sci-fi adventure.

Then, on June 28th, comes Meg Wallace.

She came to the philosophy department at UK in the fall of 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Beginning at 6 p.m. at the library she will discuss “Science Fiction and Philosophy.”

She will show the listeners another way to look at science fiction as a springboard for philosophical topics.

Those include the meaning of life, knowledge and skepticism, time and time travel, other possible worlds, personal identity and free will.

She will look at the formats used to make science fiction joyful.

Those include books, movies, short stories, TV shows and video games.

A fascinating and fun evening is on the way.

For more information, call the Laurel County Library at 864-5759 and ask for Gwen. Or go to www.laurellibrary.org.