Every great leap forward starts with a burst of creativity. Someone sees the world as it is, dreams of what it could be, and then works to make the dream a reality. This is future telling, something that writers, innovators, and STEM experts do every day to imagine and create a better world.
This fun, fast-paced event will include panel discussions, small-group ask-me-anything sessions, and even STEM-themed stand-up comedy. Our goal is to introduce writers to bleeding-edge concepts, to invigorate STEM experts with mind-bending views of the future, and to celebrate the connections between STEM and storytelling.
Join NIU’s STEM Read for a conversation, audience Q&A and book signing with Neal Shusterman. Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows.
At this public talk, Shusterman will discuss his work, his writing process and the ways he incorporates real science and technology concepts into his chilling visions of the future. Books will be available for purchase.