Our last day and a sad farewell – what a great Worldcon – and a rip-roaring success for I4IS (i4is.org)
A great day at Excel! We met dozens of people who wanted to hear about the Initiative – hoping for more today.
Our good friend, Prof Chris Welch of ISU, sent us this one of our monolith –
Send us more pictures to @i4isloncon3 or firstname.lastname@example.org
And here are our intrepid monolith builders making final adjustments late on Wednesday!
Here is our monolith under test. The HD definition is hard to see here but we found it hard to see the pixels on our 3m high screen.
This shot is part of the material by those great guys at DMT Lab, Frank Da Silva and Mark Raimondeau.
As you see were fighting bright sunlight through the windows at Elizabeth House where we tested. Excel is not so bright and we will have the advantage of the brilliant Philips lighting system – which allows individual control of every light.
Time to let you into our build effort for the stand at Loncon3! Here are some shots of our builders, Terry and Paul, and their magnificent object –
– and its big –
They have already begun to add cladding – more when its done!
British SF maestro Alastair Reynolds is our featured presenter.
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: Richard Osborne “I4IS: Science Fiction Starships as real engineering – will they work and when?”
Richard Osborne is a consultant rocket engineer and chair of the Technical Committee of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS)
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.