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The Imagination Drought: Speculative Fiction as a Tool of Warning and Empowerment

Paolo Bacigalupi

  • New York Times-bestselling author

 In Paolo Bacigalupi’s most recent science fiction novel, The Water Knife, Phoenix is dried up and California and Nevada are not too far behind. The millions of people who rely on the Colorado River to survive are not only thirsty, but fighting for their lives. It’s a compelling story that captures a not-so-distant future. Will Phoenix eventually collapse? Will the river dry up? ASU’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative to proud to host New York Times-bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi this fall to discuss The Water Knife, and the future of the Colorado River. More information at

Thursday, September 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.