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XPRIZE Taps Leading Writers, Filmmakers, Creatives For Science Fiction Advisory Council

XPRIZE Taps Leading Writers, Filmmakers, Creatives For Science Fiction Advisory Council

Darren Aronofsky, Margaret Atwood, Akiva Goldsman, Neil Gaiman, Andy Weir, Veronica Roth, and Gale Anne Hurd Among Roster of Advisors Who Will Help XPRIZE Develop Roadmaps for the Future


LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2017) XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, in partnership with ANA, Japan’s 5-star airline, today announced the creation of a Science Fiction Advisory Council, with a mission to accelerate positive change in the world by bringing together those who can imagine a bold vision of the future with those who can innovate to get us there.   

The roster of 64 advisors includes bestselling novelists (Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, Andy Weir, A.M. Homes, Daniel H. Wilson, Ernest Cline, Hugh Howey), award-winning science fiction writers (Gregory Benford, Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow, Kelly Link, Mike Resnick, Charles Stross), visionary filmmakers (Darren Aronofsky, Don Hertzfeldt), producers (Gale Anne Hurd, J. Michael Straczynski), and screenwriters (Akiva Goldsman, David Goyer), among others.

Originating from nine countries, members of the advisory council collectively hold 13 doctorates, 44 Hugo Awards, 28 Nebula Awards, 35 Locus Awards, 10 John W. Campbell Awards, six Arthur C. Clarke Awards, six British Science Fiction Association Awards, and one Academy Award.

The advisors will assist XPRIZE in the creation of digital “futures” roadmaps across a variety of domains: Planet & Environment; Energy & Resources; Shelter & Infrastructure; Health & Wellbeing; Civil Society; Learning & Human Potential; and Space & New Frontiers. These roadmaps will be dynamic, interactive narratives that describe a vision for the future in each of these domains and identify the ideal catalysts, drivers and mechanisms—including potential XPRIZE competitions—to overcome grand challenges and achieve a preferred future state.

“XPRIZE has always been inspired by science fiction.  Heinlein’s The Man Who Sold the Moon was an early inspiration for me, as was Star Trek, which inspired the recently-awarded Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE,” said

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder and executive chairman of XPRIZE. “As the future becomes harder and harder to predict, we look forward to engaging some of the world’s most visionary storytellers to help us imagine what’s just beyond the horizon and chart a path toward a future of abundance.”

Next month, XPRIZE and ANA will launch Seat14C.com, a digital science fiction anthology featuring original stories by members of the advisory council, told from the perspectives of passengers onboard a fictional ANA flight from Tokyo to San Francisco who mysteriously find themselves transported 20 years in the future.

“Ambitious visions and dreams of a better future bring people together no matter where in the world they are from, and that has been ANA’s mission for over 60 years,” said Mr. Shuichi Fujimura, executive vice president of international affairs and alliances at ANA, and XPRIZE Innovation Board member. “In my experience, the most interesting ideas come when you bring different viewpoints together; as one of Japan’s most innovative airlines, we are thrilled to be involved with the Science Fiction Advisory Council and support the creation of Seat14C.”   

“We are grateful for the support from ANA and our world-renowned Science Fiction Advisory Council members, who will help build and refine XPRIZE’s vision of the future and accelerate the work we are doing to create real and meaningful impact in the world,” said Marcus Shingles, CEO of XPRIZE.

The advisors will also participate in quarterly virtual and in-person meetings. For more information, and a complete list of Science Fiction Advisory Council members, please visit: XPRIZE.org/SciFi.

About XPRIZE
XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs. 10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world.  XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances— igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges. Active competitions include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE and the $1M Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE. For more information, visit XPRIZE.org.

About ANA
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 87 international routes and 116 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of 256 aircraft. In FY2016, it carried 52.1 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.77 trillion Japanese yen. ANA offers trans-Pacific connections between Asia through the gateway of Japan and 10 North American destinations namely: New York, Washington D.C, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Houston, Vancouver, and Honolulu. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2017 was awarded five stars for the fifth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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