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[Geek] Future of Space Exploration

The Science Fiction Museum is hosting a roundtable discussion on October 13th at 7pm. This roundtable discussion is on the future of space travel in the near future (and beyond), and is hosted by a collection of science-fiction authors (such as Vernor Vinge) and scientists (such as local rocket scientist -- and Vanguard regular -- Jordin). Admission is free.

I'll cut-and-paste in the list of speaker/hosts below...


Vernor Vinge is a professor, mathematician, computer scientist, and multiple Hugo Award winning science fiction author well-known for his 1993 essay "The Technological Singularity" and his ground-breaking story "True Names."

Geoffrey A. Landis is an award-winning science fiction author and NASA scientist currently working on the Mars Rover mission. Landis has a Ph.D. in solid-state physics and works for the NASA John Glenn Research Center, where he does research on Mars missions, solar energy, and advanced concepts for interstellar propulsion..

Jordin Kare is an independent designer of advanced space systems and technology -- a freelance rocket scientist. His company, Kare Technical Consulting, provides engineering support to large and small aerospace companies and to government laboratories and agencies.

Robert M. Winglee is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington and specializes in advanced space plasma propulsion, including plasma sails, magbeam and high power plasma thrusters.

Michael Laine is the president and founder of LiftPort Inc, the company devoted to the commercial development of an elevator to space LiftPort recently tested robotic lifters that successfully climbed 1,000 feet up a simulated, working space elevator -- a model elevator “ribbon” attached to moored high altitude balloon.
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Jeebus, and I thought the Pratchett signing was cool.

I am so there.
Don't I know the name Jordin Kare from someplace else? OVFF? Same guy?

That would be too cool if it was. I'm thinking seriously of going to this anyway.
Yes, Jordin Kare is the award-winning filker, founder of Off-Centaur Publications, and so on. Same guy; he's just a rocket scientist for his day job. He and his wife Mary Kay are both very active in local fandom.

In fact, I /think/ Mary Kay was briefly in attendance at the Second Sunday I hauled you guys to.
Second Sunday I hauled you guys to.

Hey, *I* went willingly, and am looking forward to going again.
No, my bad: they were at WorldCon that weekend.
The roundtables are usually pretty full, but I've seen people show up pretty late for them. An hour or so. I also suspect that, not involving Neal Stephenson, this roundtable won't be quite as packed.

In my experience, they last up to two hours. They're in the main auditorium of the EMP half of the EMP/SFM building, since the SFM gathering room isn't really suitable for these things. As for places to eat, it's the SFM; there's tons of places right in the area. There's a great vegetarian Chinese place my dad and I always eat at after SFM events about four blocks away, for instance.