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Friday, July 12
 

10:00pm

Nuclear Power: Is It Worse Than Choking in Greenhouse Gases (ET)
​Moderator: Mike Pederson

Nuclear power has its benefits but are the risks worth it when faced with other global energy challenges. Our experienced scientists debate the question.

Guests
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic... Read More →
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Science Guest
Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the... Read More →
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Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Kittinger
  • Set Up theatre
 
Saturday, July 13
 

11:00am

Warships of Sea and Space: Form Follows Function Follows Technology (ET)
An engineer (and former naval officer) - using many images and videos - traces how the shapes both of historical ships and fictional spacecraft have always depended on technology.





Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre, screen (Jim has own projector)

12:00pm

Space Propulsion 101: A Tutorial for Writers, Aspiring Writers, and Space Cadets All (ET)
From chemical rockets to nuclear, from ion drive to antimatter, from solar sails to laser-driven lightsails, have you ever wondered how they work and what they can actually accomplish for space travel?  Within the limits of known physics, nature has provided us with methods to leave our planet and explore the solar system and beyond.  In this tutorial, learn the fundamental principles of the many real space propulsion technologies in use and being developed that may one day enable us to accomplish what our imaginations create.

Guests
avatar for Les Johnson

Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen

3:30pm

The Importance of Communicating Science (ET)
Moderator: Dr. Robert Hampson

Our panelist talk about how and why communicating science is important, and the transition between writing for Academia (Robert Hampson), industry (Jim Beall and Les Johnson) and the DoD (Chris Kennedy) with Toni Wiesskopf critiquing how that affects creative writing.

Followed by Biomedical Graduate Students from Dr. Robert E. Hampson's Communicating Science course who will give seven-minute "Ted Talk" style presentations about their science. Come hear about some exciting new fields of biomedical research. Heckling is discouraged, but the students could certainly use some real-world feedback on their talks!



Guests
avatar for Dr. Robert Hampson

Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
avatar for Les Johnson

Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
avatar for Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

6:30pm

A Lifetime of Armageddon Scenarios. When Can We Finally Relax? (ET)
Moderator: Dr. Ben Davis

It's the end of the world as we know it. From earthquakes and floods to zombies and viruses, Armageddon always seems just around the corner? Our panelists discuss why we are fascinated by the end of the world.

Guests
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Science Guest
Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the... Read More →
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Robert Hampson

Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →
avatar for DJ McGuire

DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 6:30pm - 7:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre
 
Sunday, July 14
 

11:00am

Space Travel Options for the Near Future (and Beyond) (ET)
Moderator: Toni Weisskopf

From NASA to Elon Musk, exploring Space is a passion for some since the 1960's. So how much closer are we to going past the moon and out into the universe?

Guests
avatar for Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Science Guest
Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Robert Hampson

Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →
avatar for Les Johnson

Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre