Past event

Inventor of the Future – A Conversation with Alec Nevala-Lee and Bonnie DeVarco

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT

New Fuller Biography Release Event

Celebrating the release of Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller, author Alec Nevala-Lee joins Fuller archivist Bonnie DeVarco for a conversation about his newest book. Inventor of the Future is the first comprehensive biography to take a deep dive into Fuller’s most prolific artifact, the Chronofile. Through unparalleled access to Fuller’s voluminous collection at Stanford University Special Collections, Nevala-Lee deconstructs Fuller’s personal, public and professional life to present a fresh, insightful view of the “Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th Century.”

This virtual event is free for BFI Members.

$10.00 for non-BFI Members

Alec’s Bio

Alec Nevala-Lee was a 2019 Hugo and Locus Awards finalist for Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Dey Street Books / HarperCollins), which was named one of the best books of the year by The Economist. He is the author of three suspense novels from Penguin, including The Icon Thief, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and two editions of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. His latest book, Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller, will be published by HarperCollins on August 2.

Bonnie’s Bio

Bonnie DeVarco is an independent researcher, writer and curator. As an education technology consultant to non-profit, corporate and educational organizations for over 25 years, she developed multi-institutional programs for distance and media enhanced learning while pioneering virtual worlds and visualization technologies in education. She has worked with the Fuller Collection at Stanford University since 2000 and was information manager and archivist for the Buckminster Fuller Archives at BFI from 1989-1995. Currently she is a program advisor to BFI and was a founding member of the advisory committee for BFI’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge from 2005 to 2017.