05 December, 2016

Kathy Goonan joins LMC Advisory Board

Thrilled to announce that world-renowned Science Fiction writer Kathleen Ann Goonan has accepted my invitation to join the LMC Advisory Board.

Kathleen Ann Goonan, who has been teaching creative writing for us as Professor of the Practice in recent years, is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels.  These include her groundbreaking Nanotech Quartet:  New York Times Notable Book Queen City Jazz, Darrell Award winner Mississippi Blues, and Nebula Award finalists Crescent City Rhapsody and Light Music.  In War Times won the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007 and was the American Library Association’s Best SF Novel of 2007.  Her most recent novel is This Shared Dream.  She has published over fifty stories in venues such as Discover Magazine, Asimov’s, Omni, MIT’s Twelve Tomorrows, New Scientist Magazine, and numerous Best of Year anthologies, some of which are collected in Angels and You Dogs.   Her most recent academic work appeared in Lisa Yaszek’s Sisters of Tomorrow:  The First Women in Science Fiction and in Intelligence Unbound:  The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds, edited by Broderick and Blackwell.
Described as a “Shaman of the Small” by Scientific American in their special Nanotechnology issue, and named “One of the Best Minds in Science Fiction” by Popular Science Magazine, she has remained at the cutting edge of conversation about the future for over twenty years.   As a member of SIGMA, a science fiction think-tank offering futurism consulting to the US Government and NGOs, Goonan has presented at the Joint Services Small Arms Program and at the Global Competitiveness Forum.  As a key science fiction visionary at the intersection of nanotechnology research, government, culture, and society, Goonan has been a speaker at international literary festivals Utopiales and Kosmopolis as well as at universities and think tanks.  Goonan’s first career as an AMI Montessori director, during which she taught in her own hundred-student school, generated her passion for forwarding the cause of international literacy.  As part of the Hieroglyph Project, in which science fiction writers intersect with government, universities and NGOs to forward “Positive Visions for a Better Tomorrow,” Goonan and other Hieroglyph Anthology authors met with White House Office of Science and Technology staff members, where she presented her ideas of how international literacy, enhanced universal preschool, and neuroplasticity research might lead to increased worldwide literacy.  Her present work with the World Bank and World Vision brings her into intersection with the visionary EVOKE online game, where she forwards those same goals.  

During her time at Georgia Tech, Goonan taught Creative Writing, Science Fiction Studies, and classes that foregrounded the confluence of science, technology, and culture.  She also worked to forward LMC’s Mission “to lead the region, the nation, and the world in researching and teaching the ways the humanities shape and are shaped by science and technology.” Ms. Goonan says, “It is an honor to be invited to serve on LMC’s advisory board.  For six years, I have been immersed in one of the most excellent humanities programs in the nation, which is embedded in one of the most important research universities in the world. It is an exhilarating intellectual environment. LMC is the humanitarian voice of Georgia Tech, and I aim to forge more formal and concrete links between LMC and the groundbreaking scientific research and technological innovation that takes place at Georgia Tech.  To this end, I am a proponent of creating an LMC Center modeled on ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego, which will hone and foreground LMC’s strong position in and engagement with national and international dialogue about present and future challenges.

“I also envision a strong Narrative Fiction program at LMC. Fiction humanizes and voices science and technological vision; it has the power to influence and change many kinds of discourse. LMC students have shown me that many of them dream of becoming fiction writers.  Their work is often conceptually brilliant, and some of their stories have been rewarded with prizes and recognition.  LMC has the potential to have a world-class Narrative Fiction program that will attract and serve students whose fictional concepts will be among the most cutting-edge put forward in the 21st century. I look forward to discussing these and other visions while on the Advisory Board and to generating practical ways to move toward these and other LMC goals.”

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