"You've heard the 3 tenors,
You've heard the 3 sopranos,
Now come and meet the 3 high-verbals!"

An Evening of Lively Argument

with Peter David, Harlan Ellison, and Neil Gaiman

7:00 pm in MIT's Main Kresge Auditorium

Saturday, October 6, 2001

About the Event

Peter David, Harlan Ellison, and Neil Gaiman are a trio of hugely popular authors whose most-recognized works include the Sandman comics, Babylon 5, best-selling Star Trek novel Imzadi, and the original script for the legendary Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever". Although much of their work has fallen within the science fiction genre, the three men have worked in every conceivable medium: television, film, fiction and non-fiction books, short stories, essays and comic books- and have acquired followings in all of them. Hence, this event will be a panel discussion on the creative process of fictional works in many fields. Ellison (whose 50-year retrospective, The Essential Ellison, has just been published) in particular is known for drawing attention to the art of writing by performing the fantastic feat of actually creating and executing stories in the windows of numerous American and European bookstores- stories that have gone on to win major awards and literary prizes. (Maybe he'll give a demonstration!) Gaiman, on the other hand, was a good friend and something of a protege of the late Douglas Adams, and will likely have thoughts to share regarding what Adams taught him about being an author. Throughout the discussion the trio will interact with the audience in dynamic questions and answers. Come and savor the antic unsettling imaginations of three outspoken contemporary fantasists.

About the Authors

For brief bios: Peter David | Harlan Ellison | Neil Gaiman

For extended bibliographies: Peter David | Harlan Ellison | Neil Gaiman


Tickets will be sold for assigned seats in Main Kresge (click here to see the layout). The pricing structure follows:
  Balcony Wings Center
MIT Students, Faculty & Staff $4 $6 $8
Other College Students & MIT Alums $8 $10 $12
General Public $12 $14 $16

Tickets can be purchased in Lobby 10 on October 1-5 from 10 am to 5 pm and before LSC's movies in 26-100 on the weekend of September 28-30. They will also be on sale at the door on the night of the event.

No refunds or exchanges permitted. Anyone holding a discounted (i.e. non-general public) ticket must present an appropriate ID with their ticket on the night of the show. (Brass Rats are acceptable ID for MIT alums.) Members of the MIT community may bring up to one guest per ID at the discounted rate.

Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30pm. All seating within the auditorium will have been pre-determined at the time of ticket purchase.


Kresge Auditorium is located on the MIT campus, across the street from the main entrance to MIT at Lobby 7. Parking near MIT is extremely limited, so we recommend public transportation. The #1 and CT1 buses stop in front of Kresge, or you can take the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT stop.

Donors & Sponsors

An Evening of Lively Argument with Peter David, Harlan Ellison, and Neil Gaiman is presented by the MIT Lecture Series Commitee along with co-sponsors Tau Beta Pi, East Campus, Epsilon Theta, and Senior Haus. This event is made possible (in part) by the Peter de Florez Fund for the Humanities, the MIT Fund, the MIT Lecture Series Committee, Tau Beta Pi, the Everett Moore Baker Foundation, Arisia, Inc., Weekends@MIT, the MIT Campus Activities Complex, the MIT Undergraduate Association, the MIT Graduate Students Council, the MIT Graduate Students Office, the Program in Comparative Media Studies, the Department of Literature, the Council for the Arts at MIT, and the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies.

For additional information, please call LSC's Hotline at 617-253-3791 or e-mail lsc@mit.edu.

mit MIT Lecture Series Committee | Lecture Event Home Page | Last Updated: September 28, 2001