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Future Tense Fiction: online discussion of “The Trolley Solution”

April 1, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Mountain / 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Eastern

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Join us on Thursday, April 1 for an online discussion of the short story, “The Trolley Solution” by Shiv Ramdas. This story is the third in a series for Future Tense Fiction presented by Slate and Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, as part of its Learning Futures and Principled Innovation work. 

This Future Tense Fiction series aims to explore how learning experiences — of all kinds — will be shaped by technology and other future forces, along with the moral, ethical and social challenges this will entail. 

Author Shiv Ramdas and Katina Michael, professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University, will lead the conversation, while Punya Mishra, professor and associate dean of scholarship and innovation at MLFTC, will moderate. To read the short story in advance of the discussion, visit Future Tense after March 27. 

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate , New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society.


Punya Mishra

Punya Mishra

Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation

Punya Mishra is an educator, researcher, designer, artist, and professional dilettante interested in life, the universe and everything. He is particularly keen on shoehorning Douglas Adams’ book titles into his bio statement. You can find him at @punyamishra and

Shiv Ramdas

Shiv Ramdas is a multi-award nominated author of speculative fiction short stories and novels. He lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. In 2020 he became one of only two Indian writers to ever be nominated for a Hugo, a Nebula and an Ignyte Award in the same year. His first novel, Domechild, was India’s first mainstream cyberpunk novel. His short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Podcastle and other publications. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. He was previously a radio host, and worked in journalism, advertising, and event management. In addition to his speculative fiction work he has also penned numerous advertisements, radio segments, audio plays and resignation letters.

Katina Michael

Katina Michael

Katina Michael is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. Previously Michael was associate dean international at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, where she was employed in the School of Computing and Information Technology since 2002 and oversaw UOW engineering and information science courses in eight campuses in five countries. Michael has published six edited books, co-authored two 500-page reference volumes, and has written more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. She researches predominantly in the area of emerging technologies, and has secondary interests in technologies used for national security and their corresponding social implications.