I4IS Conference and Panel: Sunday 17 August 13.30 – Capital Suite 14

On_the_Steel_Breeze_Alastair_ReynoldsOur half-day conference programme at Loncon3 examines relationships between science fiction and realistic possibilities for interstellar travel. It kicks off at 13.30 on Sunday 17 August

British SF maestro Alastair Reynolds is our featured presenter. Greg Benford is our transatlantic star!

Here’s the whole show!

13.30: Kelvin F. Long “Interstellar – realities and imagination – how Arthur C Clarke reached the stars in imagination – and how his fiction continues to inspire plausible designs”
Kelvin F Long is a physicist, aerospace engineer, author and entrepreneur and is the Executive Director of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies (I4IS).


14.00: Gregory Benford “Starships in perspective: starships are a huge step, but have striking historical parallels.”
Greg Benford is an acclaimed SF novelist and scientist

14.30: Keith Cooper “Taking the Initiative – Why We Have To Start Planning for an Interstellar Future Now And Why You Should Be a Part of It”
Keith Cooper is editor of Astronomy Now magazine and a member of the Board of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies (I4IS).

15.00: Professor Chris Welch “100 Years to Interstellar Travel – The International Space University’s interdisciplinary project to define a century-long roadmap to interstellar travel”
Chris Welch is Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University (ISU), Vice President of the British Interplanetary Society and Deputy Chair of the I4IS Advisory Committee

15.30: Dr Rachel Armstrong “Living Starships: How life and machines can explore the cosmos in partnership
Rachel Armstrong is a Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London and a 2010 Senior TED Fellow

16.00: Alastair Reynolds “Far Centaurus – the pros and cons of interstellar travel in science fiction”
Alastair Reynolds is our foremost writer of SF on interstellar themes. He was a space scientist at ESTEC, Noordwijk. He turned from studying pulsars and binary stars to fiction. He is the author of twelve novels and more than fifty short stories. His work has been short-listed for the Hugo and Arthur C Clarke awards, and has won the Seiun and Sidewise awards. His work combines hard science based on extrapolated hard physics and engrossing story-telling to rival the space opera of our much-missed GoH, Iain M Banks. His Revelation Space series is set mostly in a future where plausible interstellar travel is well established. His most recent books, the Poseidon’s Children sequence, are set in a nearer future with humanity just achieving interstellar capability.

16.30 PANEL : Keith Cooper (Chair) “Interstellar panel session and summing up
An opportunity to question the presenters and put your own point of view. I4IS will also invite its many friends in Science Fiction and Space Technology to contribute – and to be both original and controversial as we envisage our Interstellar future.


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