Why should we imagine solar flares taking down the International Space Station?

That’s the subject of a Future Tense seminar hosted by New America, Slate, and Arizona State University.

International Space Station.
Credit: NASA

So what happens when a catastrophic solar flare paralyzes global space agencies and throws the world order into chaos? This very scenario drives the plot of Deji Olukotun’s book, After the Flare. The result is an introspective look at timely questions of technology and international ambition.






Future Tense is bringing together Olukotun, an internet rights advocate and author, and Lucianne Walkowicz, astrophysicist and multimedia artist, to discuss the science behind solar flares and what we can learn about global tech policy through science fiction. Walkowicz is also the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress.

This event is being held today — November 8, 2017 from 6:00-7:15 pm ET – and will be livestreamed.

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