June 04, 2013

Author Neil Gaiman will speak at Bucknell on Tuesday, Oct. 1. // Photo credit: Sophie Quach

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By Heather Johns      

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Novelist, comic book author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman, known for his innovative approach to storytelling across multiple genres, will speak at Bucknell University's Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Gaiman's talk is part of the ongoing Bucknell Forum series "tech/no," which focuses on the evolution of technology's role in society, and its potential to impact the world in both positive and negative ways.

Gaiman is a New York Times bestselling author of novels for adults and children, and an award-winning writer and curator of short fiction. His work, acclaimed for brilliant storytelling and an entertaining dark sense of humor, has been honored with many awards, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, and the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

His DC Comics series Sandman, which the Los Angeles Times called, "the greatest epic in the history of comic books," won 12 Eisner Comic Industry Awards and a World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to receive a literary award. A new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, was released this summer.

Gaiman's website, www.neilgaiman.com, was heralded by CNN for "reinventing the marketing of a novel." His tweets as @neilhimself have attracted 1.8 million Twitter followers.

The Bucknell Forum
"tech/no" embraces technology's perils and promises. The series aims to stir discussion about the pros and cons of technology, its benefits and damages, its legitimate promises and false panaceas, and its capacity to satisfy human need and desire even as it can bring risk and danger.

The series debuted in 2012 with a talk by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on Oct. 23, followed by a special performance of "un/real and un/true: 'The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs'" with Alex Lyras, Class of 1993, on Nov. 27. "tech/no" speakers in 2013 included Baratunde Thurston on Jan. 29, Rebecca Skloot on Feb. 6 and Arianna Huffington on Feb. 19.