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Jules Verne & H.G. Wells

The Birth of Sci-Fi & the 1st Citizens of the Future


June 23, 2022
6:00pm - 7:30pm


Madden Auditorium




They laughed at them, they laughed at flying machines, rocket ships, submarines, time travel, and the idea of beings from another planet. They celebrated them too. They were the dreamers, the outcasts, the tormented...they were the geniuses that imagined the world we now live in and peered beyond the curtain of time to predict the far distant future.

These two men, Jules Verne & Herbert George (H.G.) Wells, largely thought to be the creators of a new literary genre, Science Fiction, are largely unknown quantities beyond their names and a few of their most well-known imaginative tales. While there is no doubt that they deserve lasting fame for their amazing accomplishments, there were other contributors to what was termed “Scientifiction”. And those select few...who were able to imagine the world we now inhabit and beyond, live on in their stories.

In this new edu-tainment adventure, singer/songwriter/historian Barry Cloyd celebrates the men, the women, and the incredible journey into our consciousness of a new form of literature and what it has spawned, both the triumphant and the tragic. Through story & song, some original, some you might remember, and some just plain strange, Cloyd brings to life the world created by the minds behind what we now just call Sci-Fi.