Science Meets Science Fiction!

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Presented with the participation of NASA, The Smithsonian magazine's "Future Is Here" festival featured a series of visionary talks on what's on the horizon in an array of fields before an avid crowd of researchers, industry experts and tech and science enthusiasts.

Highlights Included

  • William Shatner, star of STAR TREK, celebrating its 50th anniversary year
  • Chris Carter, creator of the X-FILES, now enjoying its return season
  • Tim Miller, the director of the new smash hit movie DEADPOOL
  • Andy Weir, author of THE MARTIAN
  • The stars of 12 Monkeys, the Syfy network’s hit series
  • Explorers Celine and Alexandra COUSTEAU
  • NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and NASA scientist Jim Green
  • Anthony Fauci, America’s point man on the Zika virus, Ebola and pandemics
  • Bruce Sterling, Hugo Award-winning science fiction author


An ELECTRIFYING performance by the first singing Tesla Coil band and Marco Tempest, the world’s leading CYBER MAGICIAN and many, many other mind-bending visionaries and experts!

Featured Stories on Festival Speakers

Tech Visionary Nicholas Negroponte Talks About the Future of Education

Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian," Shares Details About His Next Novel

Anthony Fauci Is Waging War Against Zika, and Preparing for Other Epidemics to Come

For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out There

When Electricity and Music Collide, the Tesla Coils Sing

2016 Event Videos

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