James Gleick: Time Travel

Concert Hall, The Piano
156 Armagh St

When Stephen Hawking once famously held a cocktail party for time travellers and nobody showed up, he said it proved time travel was not possible. But is it?

If you have a lifelong fascination with time travel, or even just a passing curiosity about it, this event is for you. James Gleick, leading science communicator and author of Time Travel: A History, gives a mind-bending exploration of this fascinating subject: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself. From H.G. Wells to Doctor Who, from pulp fiction to modern physics, Gleick will explore as many facets of time travel as possible in just one hour.

Bring your burning questions. Chaired by San Francisco State University Professor Daniel Bernardi, visiting University of Canterbury film and media studies scholar, science fiction expert and documentary filmmaker.


Earlybirds! Buy your tickets by 21 April and get the chance to go in the draw* to win a 10-session pass to the Auckland Writers Festival, which runs 16-21 May.

Buy an Autumn Season pass to save time and money. All season pass holders automatically also go in the draw to win books from all six writers, courtesy of UBS.

About the author

James Gleick was born in New York City in 1954. His last book was the best-selling The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize. His first book, Chaos, was a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national bestseller. He collaborated with the photographer Eliot Porter on Nature’s Chaos and with developers at Autodesk on Chaos: The Software. His other books include the best-selling biographies, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, both shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as Faster and What Just Happened. They have been translated into thirty languages.