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'Inner Space and Outer Thoughts' Author Reading + Q&A


Date/time: Saturday, May 20th, 2023 at 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

Host: Caltech's creative writing club, TechLit (contact:

In-person location: Beckman Auditorium, Caltech (332 S Michigan Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91106)

Link to Youtube live stream

Event Program

6:30 pm: Doors open

7:00 - 7:10 pm: Welcome and opening remarks

  • Rachael Kuintzle: Caltech biochemistry & molecular biophysics PhD candidate; anthology editor-in-chief and contributing author ("Teaspoons" and "The Bittersweet Magic of Neuroplasticity"); TechLit club founder and former president.

7:10 - 7:45 pm: Author talks with excerpt readings

  • S. B. Divya ("Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story")
    Nebula and Hugo nominated author of Meru and Machinehood; former editor of the Escape Pod podcast; Caltech physics and computational neuroscience alum (BS ‘96).
  • Samuel Clamons, PhD ("Yuan Tzu's Second Law of Evolutionary Design")
    Senior Bioinformatic Scientist at Illumina, Inc.; Caltech bioengineering alum (PhD '21).
  • Larry Niven ("The Green Marauder")
    Locus, Hugo, Nebula, and Seiun award-winning science fiction and fantasy author; SFWA Grand Master; former Caltech physics student (EX '60).
  • David Brin, PhD (Anthology Foreword and "Chrysalis")*
    Physicist, public speaker, and award-winning author of The Postman, Earth, and Existence; Caltech astrophysics alum (BS '72).
    * David Brin will be delivering his address by video.

7:45 - 8:30 pm: Author panel Q&A

Moderator: Rachael Kuintzle


  • Tatyana Dobreva, PhD: CEO/Co-Founder at ImYoo; Caltech medical engineering alum (PhD '21); anthology editor and story contributor ("Replacement of Woes," "Burzamot," and "The Garbage Man").
  • Ashish Mahabal, PhD: Astronomer and lead computational and data scientist, Center for Data Driven Discovery, Caltech; Adjunct faculty, IUCAA, India; anthology editor and story contributor ("Memoirs of a Status Quo").
  • Richard Doyle, PhD: Information and Data Science Technical Consultant, JPL (retired); MIT electrical engineering and computer science alum (PhD '88); anthology editor and story contributor ("Disentanglement").
  • Olivia Pardo: Caltech geophysics PhD candidate; Mineral physicist; anthology story contributor ("Degenerates").
  • Ann Bernath: Software Systems Engineer, IT Solutions Directorate, JPL; anthology story contributor ("When You Were Not Jenny" and "Encounter: Return to Titan").

Audience members (in-person and virtual) will be invited to ask questions in the final 20 minutes.

Funding acknowledgment: We thank Caltech's Office of the President, Graduate Student Council, and Student Investment Fund for making this event possible.

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