Our mission was to add the letter “A” to the well-worn trope “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)…creating STEAM. The seemingly innocuous letter A stands for Art and should have never been excised from the acronym to begin with. STEM is what protects a culture. Art is what makes the culture!
So we pondered several questions: Is it ok if science fiction is “just” fiction? Where do both writers and researchers get their inspiration from? Do the writers ever talk to scientists to check up on the science in their comics? Where is science today with regards to space travel? What are important issues both comics and science want to cover going forward? Where is the crossover between comics and science when it comes to space related comics?
This was our charge during our fantastic panel at Comic Con 2016 in San Diego. Looking forward to many more STEAMy interactions in the future.
Dr. Steven Snyder (CEO of the Fleet Science Center) led Fred Bronson (journalist, author and writer for Star Trek: The Next Generation), Craig Titley (executive producer and writer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jonathan Maberry (New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin), Professor Brian Keating, PhD (Astrophysicist at UC San Diego), and Adam Weiner (physics teacher and author of Don’t Try This At Home) in a discussion about the balance between captivating story writing and accurate science in movies. Watch the video on YouTube.