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Future Humans: Hao Jingfang, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Markoff

April 8, 2018
3:00 pm
de Young Museum

The exhibition ‘Cult of the Machine’ looks at the ways in which artists imagined the impacts of massive technological shifts on society. Our present moment provokes similar responses about the relationship of man and machine, in all art forms, perhaps most speculatively in the realm of science fiction.

On April 8th, three world-renowned writers, Hao Jingfang, Kim Stanley Robinson, and John Markoff, will be in conversation on how this technological revolution conjures possibilities of unforeseen futures.

This program is organized in collaboration with The Berggruen Institute’s Transformation of the Human program.

This program is FREE and open to the public. More information on our website:


Hao Jingfang’s ‘Folding Beijing’ won the 2016 Hugo Award for best novelette (the first Chinese woman to win the award). Her fiction has appeared in various publications, including ‘Mengya’, ‘Science Fiction World,’ and ‘ZUIFound.’ She has published two full-length novels, ‘Wandering Maearth’ and ‘Return to Charon’; a book of cultural essays, ‘Europe in Time’; and the short story collection, ‘Star Travelers.’

Kim Stanley Robinson has published nineteen novels and numerous short stories but is best known for his Mars Trilogy. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the World Fantasy Award. Robinson’s work has been labeled by ‘The Atlantic’ as “the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” He holds a PhD in English literature from UCSD.

John Markoff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, wrote for the New York Times science and technology beat for 28 years. He is currently a Berggruen Fellow in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University His books include: The High Cost of High Tech (with Lenny Siegel); Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier (with Katie Hafner); Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick, America’s Most Wanted Computer Outlaw—By the Man Who Did It (with Tsutomo Shimomura); What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry; and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots.

Image: 'War Bride' | Clarence Holbrook Carter | 1940

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