Thrilling Wonder, This Weekend In New York and London

Thrilling Wonder Stories

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Since 2009, an annual Thrilling Wonder Stories event has taken place at the Architectural Association in London, bringing people together from multiple disciplines to explore the spaces between fiction, science, and design.

This year, we're teaming with the Architectural Association and Studio-X NYC for Thrilling Wonder Stories 3.

This Friday, October 28th, at Studio-X NYC (which is at 180 Varick Street), Thrilling Wonder Stories 3 will kick off at 1pm New York time, lasting till 4 or 4:30pm. Speaking that day are:

NICHOLAS DE MONCHAUX

Architect and author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo

HARI KUNZRU

Novelist and author of Gods Without Men, Transmission, and The Impressionist

BJARKE INGELS

Architect, WSJ Magazine 2011 architectural innovator of the year, and author of Yes Is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution

SETH FLETCHER

JACE CLAYTON AND LINDSAY CUFF OF NETTLE

Nettle's new album, El Resplandor, is a speculative soundtrack for an unmade remake of The Shining, set in a luxury hotel in Dubai

Then, Saturday, October 29th, from 2-7pm at Studio-X NYC:

JAMES FLEMING

MARC KAUFMAN

ANDREW BLUM

DAVID BENJAMIN

Architect and co-director of The Living

DEBBIE CHACHRA 

Researcher and educator in biological materials and engineering design, featured in Wired UK's 2010 "Year In Ideas"

HOD LIPSON

Researcher in evolutionary robotics and the future of 3D printing

CARLOS OLGUIN

Designer at Autodesk Research working on the intersection of bio-nanotechnology and 3D visualization

CHRIS WOEBKEN

Interaction designer

SIMONE FERRACINA

Architect, winner of the 2011 Animal Architecture Awards, and author of Organs Everywhere

DAVE GRACER

Insect agriculturalist at Small Stock Foods

ANDREW HESSEL

Science writer and open-source biologist, focusing on bacterial genomics

The events in New York will be moderated by Studio-X NYC co-director Nicola Twilley and PopSci senior associate editor Ryan Bradley. In both locations, events are free and open to the public; however, if you plan on attending the Studio-X NYC event, please register as limited space will be available. Here's a map.

Meanwhile, in London, it's an all day blow-out on Friday, lasting from noon to 10pm, featuring:

VINCENZO NATALI

Director of Cube, Splice, and forthcoming feature films based on J.G. Ballard's High-Rise and Neuromancer by William Gibson

BRUCE STERLING

Scifi author, commentator, and futurist

KEVIN SLAVIN

Game designer and theorist of "how algorithms shape our world"

ANDREW LOCKLEY

Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor for Inception, compositing/2D supervisor for Batman Begins and Children of Men

PHILIP BEESLEY

Digital media artist and experimental architect

CHRISTIAN LORENZ SCHEURER

Concept artist and illustrator for computer games and films such as The Matrix, Dark City, The Fifth Element, and Superman Returns

CHARLIE TUESDAY GATES

Taxidermy artist and sculptor—to lead a live taxidermy workshop

DR. RODERICH GROSS AND THE NATURAL ROBOTICS LAB

Head of the Natural Robotics Lab at the University of Sheffield—to lead a live Swarm Robotics demonstration

GAVIN ROTHERY

Concept artist for Duncan Jones's film Moon

GUSTAV HOEGEN

Animatronics engineer for Hellboy, Clash of the Titans, and Ridley Scott's forthcoming film Prometheus

JULIAN BLEECKER

Designer, technologist, and researcher at the Los Angeles-based Near Future Laboratory

RADIO SCIENCE ORCHESTRA

Theremin-led electro-acoustic ensemble

SPOV

Motion graphics artists for Discovery Channel's Future Weapons and Project Earth

ZELIG SOUND

Music, composition, and sound design for film and television

Matt Jones of the ultra-talented design studio BERG will join Liam Young to serve as co-host for the day.

Here's a map for how to get there; the event is free but space is limited.

If you can't make it in person, find posts on PopSci.com and follow Thrilling Wonder Stories on Twitter.