Instructions for the Age of Emergency

By Marketing and Communications | 01-29-2018

Author Monica Byrne Opens 2018 Hall Science Fiction Lecture Series


COLLEGE STATION (January 23, 2018) – Cushing Memorial Library & Archives’ Halbert W. Hall Speakers Series on Science Fiction and Fantasy will kick off the year with a talk from lecturer, playwright, essayist, and noted science fiction author Monica Byrne. Ms. Byrne’s talk is titled “Instructions for the Age of Emergency” and will be presented in Rudder Theater on February 2 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.

“We are very excited to have Monica here for our opening 2018 Hall Lecture,” noted Jeremy Brett, Texas A&M University Libraries’ Curator of Science Fiction and Fantasy. “Monica’s scientific roots provide her with a natural connection to Texas A&M. Monica is a deeply thoughtful person, who writes with wisdom, passion, and grace about both our present and our future. She is one of the great storytellers currently working in the genre.”

Monica Byrne is best known for her 2012 dramatic production “What Every Girl Should Know,” which has been performed in multiple cities across the country, and for her 2014 debut novel The Girl in the Road which won the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and was nominated for the 2014 UK Kitschies ‘Golden Tentacle’ Award for best debut novel of speculative fiction. Copies of Ms. Byrne’s book will be available for sale and she will sign as requested.

Ms. Byrnes’ lecture is sponsored by the University Libraries, The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and its Science Fiction Studies Working Group, the Department of English, the Department of International Studies, and the Department of Visualization.

For a sneak preview of Ms. Byrne, you are invited to watch her popular February 2016 TED talk, at\.

For more information: Jeremy Brett, Assistant Professor and Curator of Science Fiction and Fantasy at or 979.458.7882.



The Halbert W. Hall Speakers Series on Science Fiction and Fantasy is a recurring event from Cushing Memorial Library & Archives. It is a tribute to Science Fiction scholar and bibliographer Hal Hall, who founded the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection at Cushing Library.


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