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Friday, September 26
 

14:00

XCOR: Countdown to first flight
XCOR Aerospace, a Mojave Ca based company, is weeks away from the first flight of their manned, suborbital spacecraft, the LYNX. Art Bozlee, who will fly the vehiclke next year on a test mission to space will present a slide and video show detailing the development of the vehicle and how it will open space to anyone who wants to fly there.

Guests
AB

Arthur Bozlee

A frequest guest at West Coast conventions, Arthur Bozlee spent several decades working for major aerospace companies before striking out and dedicating his time to private efforts to open the space frontier. He will fly the XCOR LYNX suborbital spacecraft as flight engineer next... Read More →


Friday September 26, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Sector 8 - Room 8052

16:00

Alternative energy sources
Really Smart People talk about alternative energy sources, the technologies being developed to harness them and the pros and cons associated with them.

Moderators
Guests
avatar for J. L. Doty

J. L. Doty

Full-time writer, me, Inc.
Scientist, full-time writer of SF&F, laser geek, former running-dog-lackey-pig for the Bourgeois capitalist establishment, now working for myself. My new boss is a real jerk--so demanding. Science is a passion, but writing is an addiction.
CS

C. Sanford Lowe

C. Sanford Lowe (pen name of Candace S. Lowe) is a science fiction writer who co-authored the novel, "The Black Hole Project", with G. David Nordley. Formerly a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona, and an airline pilot in New Mexico, an IT staffer at Stanford... Read More →
KT

Kay Tracy

An avid viking age history buff, Kay spends a lot of time working with linen, wool and leather. Cats, chickens, and too many hobbies take all Kay's time. As a Solar System Ambassador (JPL Outreach program) Kay also gets to have some science and geek time.


Friday September 26, 2014 16:00 - 18:00
Conifer
 
Saturday, September 27
 

10:00

Eye in the Martian Sky
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's 8-years-and-going-strong at the Red Planet. Find out what's up, up at the red planet.

Guests
CS

C. Sanford Lowe

C. Sanford Lowe (pen name of Candace S. Lowe) is a science fiction writer who co-authored the novel, "The Black Hole Project", with G. David Nordley. Formerly a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona, and an airline pilot in New Mexico, an IT staffer at Stanford... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
SandPebble A

12:00

Getting It Right: Strategies for non-scientists writing hard science fiction.
At the pace science is evolving, how do you stay current on recent discoveries? How do you differentiate between real science and all the pseudoscience in the media and online? How do you find a story in a scientific idea?

Moderators
HS

Helen Stringer

Helen Stringer, grew up in Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Redwood City in northern California. While in Liverpool, she was active in the music scene where she edited local music paper MerseySound while researching the life of the Countess of Sefton through her late 19th... Read More →

Guests
KA

Kyle Aisteach

Kyle Aisteach is a short storyist who lives in Fresno, where he also teaches writing. www.aisteach.com or @kyleaistaech
avatar for Heidi L Stauffer

Heidi L Stauffer

Earth scientist/geologist
Heidi has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since she learned how read, which was almost before she could walk. She spent her childhood in Malaysia and the United States, raised in an international and multicultural family of scientists, artists, and educators. She's only... Read More →
HS

Helen Stringer

Helen Stringer, grew up in Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Redwood City in northern California. While in Liverpool, she was active in the music scene where she edited local music paper MerseySound while researching the life of the Countess of Sefton through her late 19th... Read More →

Guests of Honor

Saturday September 27, 2014 12:00 - 14:00
SandPebble E

12:00

Hasta la Vesta
Hour-long Power Point presentation (pretty pictures! funny stories!) on the Dawn mission to the asteroid Vesta


Saturday September 27, 2014 12:00 - 14:00
SandPebble A

12:00

Space Stations
Our intrepid scientists chat about how space stations work, their potential and maybe a little about what they'd expect to see in Hale Station.

Moderators
AS

Amy Sterling Casil

Amy Sterling Casil is a 2002 Nebula Award nominee and recipient of other awards and recognition for her short science fiction and fantasy, which has appeared in publications ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to Zoetrope. She is the author of 26 nonfiction books... Read More →

Guests
AB

Arthur Bozlee

A frequest guest at West Coast conventions, Arthur Bozlee spent several decades working for major aerospace companies before striking out and dedicating his time to private efforts to open the space frontier. He will fly the XCOR LYNX suborbital spacecraft as flight engineer next... Read More →
AS

Amy Sterling Casil

Amy Sterling Casil is a 2002 Nebula Award nominee and recipient of other awards and recognition for her short science fiction and fantasy, which has appeared in publications ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to Zoetrope. She is the author of 26 nonfiction books... Read More →
CS

C. Sanford Lowe

C. Sanford Lowe (pen name of Candace S. Lowe) is a science fiction writer who co-authored the novel, "The Black Hole Project", with G. David Nordley. Formerly a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona, and an airline pilot in New Mexico, an IT staffer at Stanford... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 12:00 - 14:00
Pine

16:00

What's happening in space?
Amy Sterling Casil will have just attended Launch Pad and will share the newest developments she hears from NASA scientists. Add more folks, but that's the starting point.

Guests
AB

Arthur Bozlee

A frequest guest at West Coast conventions, Arthur Bozlee spent several decades working for major aerospace companies before striking out and dedicating his time to private efforts to open the space frontier. He will fly the XCOR LYNX suborbital spacecraft as flight engineer next... Read More →
AS

Amy Sterling Casil

Amy Sterling Casil is a 2002 Nebula Award nominee and recipient of other awards and recognition for her short science fiction and fantasy, which has appeared in publications ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to Zoetrope. She is the author of 26 nonfiction books... Read More →
CS

C. Sanford Lowe

C. Sanford Lowe (pen name of Candace S. Lowe) is a science fiction writer who co-authored the novel, "The Black Hole Project", with G. David Nordley. Formerly a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona, and an airline pilot in New Mexico, an IT staffer at Stanford... Read More →
KT

Kay Tracy

An avid viking age history buff, Kay spends a lot of time working with linen, wool and leather. Cats, chickens, and too many hobbies take all Kay's time. As a Solar System Ambassador (JPL Outreach program) Kay also gets to have some science and geek time.

Guests of Honor

Saturday September 27, 2014 16:00 - 18:00
SandPebble A

18:00

Bad Science in laser Weapons
Laser Weapons and how SF writers almost always get it wrong.

Guests
avatar for J. L. Doty

J. L. Doty

Full-time writer, me, Inc.
Scientist, full-time writer of SF&F, laser geek, former running-dog-lackey-pig for the Bourgeois capitalist establishment, now working for myself. My new boss is a real jerk--so demanding. Science is a passion, but writing is an addiction.


Saturday September 27, 2014 18:00 - 20:00
SandPebble A
 
Sunday, September 28
 

10:00

Mind/computer interfaces
Guests
avatar for Wanda Kurtcu

Wanda Kurtcu

Writers Workshop, Pleasant
Hello and welcome aboard! Here’s a little bit about me! My 15 minutes of fame is from ‘A Matter of Honor’, a Star Trek: Next Generation episode I wrote back in 1984. I have been involved with Baycon as the Writers Workshop maven and on panels focused diversity in science fiction... Read More →
avatar for Todd McCaffrey

Todd McCaffrey

New York Times bestselling author Todd Johnson McCaffrey wrote his first science-fiction story when he was twelve. He has published over two dozen novels, including eight novels written in The Dragonriders of Pern® universe and nearly twenty shorter works. He collaborates with... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
SandPebble B

12:00

Mold Making demo
Learn how to make simple 1 and 2 piece molds of purchased or sculpted objects and how to cast plastic copies.

Guests
MH

Mette Hedin

See Mette's Costumes/She Builds Them in her Kitchen/But she never really got the hang of how many words go into the last line of a haiku poem as she is not a trained writer and sometimes display a severe lack of self-discipline with the written word.
BL

Bryan Little

I am a Sci-fi fan with ADHD which means I like a lot of things a LOT! My favorite Sci-fi book is... Ooh there's a squirrel outside my window!!! Oh, what was I saying about Tikis? They're awesome! And so is Voltron! Hey, that contains Tron in it, lol, man that Peter Davison is a cheeky... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 12:00 - 14:00
Sector 8 - Room 8052

14:00

14:00

Women and Space
Moderators
KT

Kay Tracy

An avid viking age history buff, Kay spends a lot of time working with linen, wool and leather. Cats, chickens, and too many hobbies take all Kay's time. As a Solar System Ambassador (JPL Outreach program) Kay also gets to have some science and geek time.

Guests
CS

C. Sanford Lowe

C. Sanford Lowe (pen name of Candace S. Lowe) is a science fiction writer who co-authored the novel, "The Black Hole Project", with G. David Nordley. Formerly a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona, and an airline pilot in New Mexico, an IT staffer at Stanford... Read More →
TP

Tory Parker

Tory is a long time costumer, science fiction and fantasy fan, computer and tech geek, viking re-enactor, and space fan(atic). She has numerous other hobbies as well. She lives with Kay Tracy, six cats and two chickens.
KT

Kay Tracy

An avid viking age history buff, Kay spends a lot of time working with linen, wool and leather. Cats, chickens, and too many hobbies take all Kay's time. As a Solar System Ambassador (JPL Outreach program) Kay also gets to have some science and geek time.
AT

Andy Trembley

Geek, freak, reader, essayist, costumer, critic, media-junkie, biker, pervert, party-queen, troublemaker, FAN.


Sunday September 28, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Pine