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Title: Form follows fiction
Description: How did fictional representations of the internet shape what the internet has developed into? What examples of depictions of cyberspace/networked computers/etc. can we find from before the internet existed, how have they been changed in the “real” internet? Also, what fictional internets have not ended up happening, and could we still create them/would we want to?
Participants: Jerry Pornelle, Michael Siladi, Taliesin Jaffe, E.E. King

Title: PRIVATE SPACEFLIGHT: WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG?
Description: Virgin Galactic has worked for over a decade and spent severl hundred million dollars on SPACESHIP II and it is still years away from commercial service. XCOR Aerospace has spent far less money but nearly as long building their Lynx spacecraft. What is the hold up? Is spaceflight really that difficult?
Participants: Tim Cassidy-Curtis, David Raiklen

Title: THE TOURISTS GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Description: With New Horizons having visited Pluto the preliminary survey of the Solar System is complete. The images are stunning. From metal rich Mercury to icy, dynamic Pluto it is a fun neighborhood. NOTE: Will need projector, screen and panelists who an explain spectacular images.
Participants: Chris Butler

Title: What might be missing??
Description: In the mid-20th Century it was demonstrated that if you linked aged and young rats blood systems, the aged rats got younger and the young ones aged. Only within the past year has any real attempt been made to follow up. Was Heinlein right? Is there a health/wealth/intelligence (“limitless?”) elite? Where’s my pass? This paragraph was never written.
Participants: Daryl G. Frazetti, Steven Barnes, E. E. (Elizabeth Eve) King

Title: What’s New in the World of Dinosaurs?
Description: Join writer, director, and amateur paleontologist Donald P. Glut in a discussion of what’s new and interesting in the world of dinosaurs and paleontology
Participants: Donald P. Glut

Title: Beam Forming for Power and Propulsion (standalone talk)
Description: Solar power satellites have been proposed to supply energy for the Earth. The power would be beamed to Earth in the form of low-density microwaves or laser light. Another application of beamed energy may be interstellar lightsail propulsion . High velocities for the sail, up to a quarter that of light, require that the sail be kept as low in mass as possible. Sail masses of one kilogram and one gram are considered, having diameters of a few to about thousand meters. The challenges are considerable, but such missions may be doable, given sufficient research.
Participants: Dr. Seth Potter, Greg Benford

Title: How to design a spaceship.
Description: When designing a spaceship, function and purpose should directly influence form, but do they? As a society we’ve spent years imagining vessels for space travel, but in the age of commercial space travel
Participants: Jerry Pournelle, Seth Potter, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Richard Foss, Alfred Nash

Title: Life on other planets?
Description: How goes the search for life on other planets? We’ve found signs of life but not life itself. Where might we find life, or evidence of it, in our solar system or beyond?
Participants: Will Morton, Tim Cassidy-Curtis

Title: Power Satellites, Solution to CO2?
Description: There are very few options to replace fossil fuels without causing an economic collapse from high energy prices. Power satellites, first proposed in 1968, are one of them. They require a cost reduction for going into space of 100 to one, to be economical but that now looks possible.
Participants: Seth Potter, Larry Niven, Keith Henson, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Steve Frankel

Title: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Space Travel and Human Manifest Destiny
Description: Is the expansion of humankind throughout space both justified and inevitable? Discuss.
Participants: Alfred Nash, Gregory Benford, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Richard Foss, Eric Atkinson, Gregg Castro

Title: Solar System Resources
Description: A path to space development must incorporate the properties of the bodies that make up our solar system. These properties present both challenges and opportunities. When assessing locations from which to obtain resources, both energy and time requirements must be considered, as both have an economic cost. The properties of solar system bodies will be discussed as a means of guiding future researchers in charting a path toward space development and resource utilization.
Participants: Dr. Gregory Benford, Will Morton, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Dr. Seth Potter

Title: The Politics and Socioeconomics of Space Exploration
Description: How do politics, economics, culture, and space exploration affect each other?
Participants: Alfred Nash, Gregory Benford, Robert Mitchell Evans, Isabel Schecter,

Title: The Scientists vs The Authors: Intellectual Brawl of the Century
Description: Come join us for a free form discussion between those who work in the realm of Science Fact and those those who work in the realm of Science Fiction. Can they agree on anything?
Participants: Alfred Nash, Gregory Benford, James C. Glass, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Kevin Roche, John DeChancie, Jerry Pournelle, J.L. Doty

Title: What’s new in science?
Description: Hear about recent advances in science from our panel of experts
Participants: James C. Glass, Alfred Nash, Seth Potter

Title: Anthropology of Science Fiction
Description: Discussion examines the array of cultural themes in science fiction works, both literary and filmic. Also discussed is the role science fiction plays as contemporary mythos, a model for ongoing cultural evolution.
Participants: Daryl G. Frazeti

Title: Anthropology of Star Trek
Description: Discussion focuses on the cultural impact of the Star Trek franchise. It examines Trek as both a cultural mirror and teacher and its significance to overall cultural evolution via its role as contemporary myth. Also included is a survey of fandom culture and diversity within Trek.
Participants: Daryl G. Frazeti

Title: Hardly Science?
Description: Come join our panel of scientists and engineers as we separate the fact from fiction surrounding popular science fiction concepts such as Human Teleportation, Time Travel, Faster than Light Travel, Parallel Universes, etc.
Participants: Bradford Lyau, James C. Glass, John DeChancie, Larry Niven, Kevin Roche