It’s the prerogative of science fiction to allow us to dream about traveling to other worlds, and of these worlds, none is more dreamed about than our near neighbor Mars. Of the dreamers, none is more persistent than Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles, who even at 87 remains a forceful voice pushing for man to one day set foot on that enticing red planet. This makes it highly appropriate that he will be speaking this Saturday as a part of UC Riverside’s 2008 Eaton Science Fiction Conference (UCR is the home to the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction), which focuses on “Chronicling Mars.” Joined by noted sci-fi author Frederick Pohl, this free event is the highlight of a weekend of Mars-speak ranging from “Mars in the Movies” to “A Chinese Martian Dystopia” and including speakers such as Gregory Bear, David Brin, Larry Niven and Kim Stanley Robinson and a tribute to the late Arthur C. Clarke who passed away this March. (Red Vaughn)
Ray Bradbury at the UCR Commons, Multipurpose Room, Saturday, May 17 at 4:00PM, www.eatonconference.ucr.edu. Free. Seating is limited to 500 and available on a “first come, first served” basis. Doors open at 3:30PM. The 2008 Eaton Conference runs May 16–18, see the website for registration details.