Fred Nadis is a historian, biographer, and journalist whose work examines the overlap between science and the popular imagination. As a Haas Fellow, he began a study of the culture of science education and entertainment for children. With an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, he completed his book Star Settlers: The Billionaires, Geniuses, and Crazed Visionaries Out to Conquer the Universe (Pegasus, 2020). His first book, Wonder Shows: Science, Magic, and Religion in America (Rutgers University Press, 2005) was a historical study of “gee whiz” science performances. In between, he wrote Man from Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey (Tarcher/Penguin, 2013) a biography of Ray Palmer, a golden age science fiction editor and provocateur who conjoined the realms of science fiction and early conspiracy culture. Nadis has a PhD in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published essays and articles in Astronomy, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Technology & Culture, and Space Review, and has several upcoming in Discovery, Redwoods magazine, and Earth Island Journal. He comes to Philadelphia from California.