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Friday, October 28
 

2:00pm

A Brief History of the Earth
The Earth has been through a lot during its history. The geological record gleaned from fossils is only the last chapter. Scientists are starting to piece together an outline of the dramatic events in the previous four billion years.

Moderators
RB

Ray Buland

Ray Buland has a BS in physics and a Ph.D. in solid earth geophysics. He has published articles on topics ranging from free oscillations of the Earth and moment tensors to earthquake location, seismic travel-time computation, and travel-time/magnitude residual statistics. During his... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Genetic Engineering
A look at where genetic engineering may be heading in the near future, possible breakthroughs and problems, and which aspects of genetic engineering are of most interest/concern to writers and the public.

Moderators
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, Ph.D., served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at CU's Altitude Research Center. Yes, fellow Primeval fans, that means he works at the ARC. His fiction includes Dawn Crescent and aStar Trek: The Next... Read More →

Participants
CH

C.A. Hartman

C.A. Hartman specializes in writing science fiction. An academic scientist gone rogue, Hartman’s books have been praised for their great characters, intricate worlds, and their complex but understandable science. Check out Hartman’s books, blog, and events at 5280Press.com. You... Read More →
JF

J.L. Forrest

J.L. Forrest writes from the frosty mountains of Colorado, from the Old Country of Roma, Italia, and from the wet techno-forests of the Pacific Northwest. Published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, the Robot Cowgirl Press, and others, Forrest's stories span humanist... Read More →
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
avatar for Courtney Farrell

Courtney Farrell

Freelance Science Writer, Self employed
Courtney Farrell is a biologist who turned her love of books into a career as an author. After publishing fourteen nonfiction books for young people, she began writing fiction. Her novel 'Sacrificed' won the 2015 BTS Red Carpet Award in the YA division, and earned an Honorable Mention... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

5:00pm

The Forgotten World of Steam
A look at inventions most people don’t remember—like hot-air engines, solar steam, heliographs, John Wise’s trans-Atlantic balloons, the Spencer and its tubes—forgotten technological history that would fit right into a steampunk story.

Moderators
CW

Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the h... Read More →

Participants
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes has 31 commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some... Read More →
KM

Kerry Major

Kerry Major is a history major from MSCD with a quirky emphasis on military history, blunders, and silly anecdotes. He's also a 12-year Live-Steel Swordfighting veteran, a self-proclaimed anachronistic engineer, occasional con panelist, and—in the words of Bill Cherf—a "Technologist... Read More →
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past, The Esterhazy Press
Rob S. Rice proudly considers himself an ‘Ambassador from the Past.’ He holds a doctorate in Ancient History and works as ‘The Professor’ at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where he teaches all kinds of history to participants and customers alike. He’s written large... Read More →
SJ

Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson discovered Jules Verne at age six, and has been reading SF ever since. Shortly after finding fandom, he met Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he’s been active in many aspects of fandom, and he and Gail have accumulated... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

6:00pm

The Hard Climate Data Panel
What effects of climate change have been scientifically observed? Were 2015 and 2016 the warmest ever recorded? What about extreme weather? Our panelists will bring their best and most reputable data!

Moderators
SG

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously... Read More →

Participants
CW

Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the h... Read More →
avatar for Lesley L. Smith

Lesley L. Smith

Physicist & SF Author
By day, Lesley L. Smith is a Ph.D. physicist. By night, she's an M.F.A. author and a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She's published seven... Read More →
RA

Rachael Acks

Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist and dapper AF. Ze's written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction and more. Rachael lives in Denver with zir two furry little bastards, where ze twirls zir mustache, watches movies, and bikes... Read More →
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

7:00pm

Climate Change Panel Discussion
Moderators
SG

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

7:00pm

Is Space Really the Final Frontier?
If space isn’t the final frontier, what is? The ocean’s depths, the human mind, unexplored genomes, something we have yet to discover?

Moderators
TH

Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered... Read More →

Participants
BB

Boom Baumgartner

Boom Baumgartner is the author of Dora's Jinx and The Death of Isreal Leventhal. She also writes about science fiction at ScienceFiction.com and LovingTheAlien.net.
DD

David Dvorkin

David Dvorkin was born in England, lived in South Africa, and attended high school and college in the U.S. He now lives in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as an aerospace engineer, software developer, and technical writer. He is the author of a number of novels—science fiction... Read More →
GH

Greg Hyde

Greg Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW). He's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable mentions in the St. Martin's Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. He's also appeared in the anthologies High Fantastic and... Read More →
LJ

Lou J. Berger

Lou J. Berger lives in Denver with three kids, three Sheltie dogs and a kink-tailed cat with nefarious intent. He's an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, has been professionally published in short form and is writing his first novel, a non-genre YA... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor
 
Saturday, October 29
 

10:00am

Mars Exploration Update: What's New on the Red Planet?
Dr. Lee will bring us up to date on all of the latest news and data from the various missions currently on or on their way to the Red Planet.

Moderators
DS

Dr. Steve Lee

Dr. Steve Lee is curator of planetary science and chairman of the department of space sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), and a Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder. A science advisor to the DMNS Space Odyssey exhibition, he frequently... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:00am

Floods of Lava
Literal floods of runny, black, volcanic lava have erupted on every continent at some time in the distant past, covering hundreds of thousands of square miles, sometimes 20 miles deep. We’ll examine what these events looked like, what caused them, and their connection with plate tectonics.

Moderators
RB

Ray Buland

Ray Buland has a BS in physics and a Ph.D. in solid earth geophysics. He has published articles on topics ranging from free oscillations of the Earth and moment tensors to earthquake location, seismic travel-time computation, and travel-time/magnitude residual statistics. During his... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Gravity Waves
Dr. Macdonald will discuss and educate on gravitational waves and general relativity.

Moderators
avatar for Dr Erin Macdonald

Dr Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow. After working as a postdoctoral researcher for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, she moved back to her roots in Colorado to pursue science education. She has worked as an educator at the Denver Museum for... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm

The History of Space Art From Chesley Bonestell to Alan Bean
Michael Carroll will discuss the history of space art and its different genres. Then, several artists will show samples of their work and share their experiences. Learn about Swirlies, Rocks and Balls, Nurnies, Tradigital Art, and the Bonestellosphere.

Moderators
JS

Jill Steele Mayer

Jill Steele Mayer … frustrated artist, ADHD mom raising ADHD kids. BS in materials science & engineering, with experience as manufacturing and industrial engineer at General Motors, Martin Marietta, USWest/Qwest, and briefly at Coors Porcelain and IBM. Favorite part of working as... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Alan R Jones

Alan R Jones

As an Air Force brat constantly on the move, Alan R. Jones was exposed to diverse cultures and geographic locales that left lasting impressions, helping establish early interests in history and science, balanced by deep curiosity of the different and mysterious. Prior to a career... Read More →
DM

David Magoun

David Magoun has always loved doing sci-fi/fantasy art—in particular, space art. He was commissioned by Ball Aerospace to do an illustration for Case For Mars, a conference for international space exploration. A member of Ohio Center of Science and Industry saw it, and commissioned... Read More →
MC

Michael Carroll

Space artist and author Michael Carroll has illustrated books and magazines for 30 years. He is recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts, and has a digital painting on Mars on the deck of the Phoenix lander. His newest novel, Europa's... Read More →
ND

Neil Dutcher

Neil Dutcher, as all long-time MileHiCon attendees know, is an old fan who is not shy about his opinions on anything. His primary interest in real-time space development came from an early love of science fiction. “Our home was full of thousands of novels and pulps, and I loved... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

1:00pm

The Trajectory of Military Technology
What we fight with influences how we fight—in the past, the present, and presumably the future.

Moderators
KM

Kerry Major

Kerry Major is a history major from MSCD with a quirky emphasis on military history, blunders, and silly anecdotes. He's also a 12-year Live-Steel Swordfighting veteran, a self-proclaimed anachronistic engineer, occasional con panelist, and—in the words of Bill Cherf—a "Technologist... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

2:00pm

The Year in Science
Our panel takes a look back at the past twelve months in science, research and applied technology.

Moderators
WM

Wil McCarthy

Having been a novelist, journalist, engineer, inventor, business executive, bartender, poet, husband, father, boyfriend, and boy-toy, Wil McCarthy has made a pretty good sweep of the buffet table of life. And now, as with any buffet, he needs to figure out what he's getting for seconds... Read More →

Participants
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, Ph.D., served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at CU's Altitude Research Center. Yes, fellow Primeval fans, that means he works at the ARC. His fiction includes Dawn Crescent and aStar Trek: The Next... Read More →
SG

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

3:00pm

Cybersecurity: Reality vs Paranoia
Omniscient governments, corporations, and hackers: they will know everything, from your credit card to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) massive data breach.(Is Mr. Robot overblown, or scratching the surface?)

Moderators
SJ

Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a feral poet, alpha geek, and amateur guitarist. He has published more than 30 non-fiction articles, and his poetry has graced the pages and pixels of Apex Publications, Tales of the Talisman and cream... Read More →

Participants
CF

Cynthia Felice

At 5′10″ Cynthia Felice is hard to miss. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her solo SF novels are Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne, The Khan’s Persuasion, and Iceman, and Water... Read More →
DA

Dr. Andrew Burt

Dr. Andrew Burt (www.ReAnimus.com), former SFWA VP, has lots of published SF; runs Preditors & Editors (defanging scammers); and herds Critters (www.critique.org), the first writers workshop on the web and home to other writers' resources. He's CEO of ReAnimus Press and Hugo-winning... Read More →
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes has 31 commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some... Read More →
WT

Wendy Terrien

Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and started writing her own stories not long after. Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards, is a #1 regional best seller and was a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month. The novel is the first in her urban fantasy series. Wendy graduated... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

4:00pm

Dr. Science’s High School Science Test: Can you pass?
Dr. Science will give you the high school science test of your anxiety dreams—how will you stand up?



Moderators
CW

Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the h... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Hypnosis, Mesmerism, ESP & Psi
From real-life hypnosis to telepathy and mind control in fiction - what’s possible and what’s merely an interesting plot device?

Moderators
DK

Dani Kollin

Dani Kollin’s first novel, co-written with his brother, Eytan, and published by Tor, was The Unincorporated Man. Released in 2009, The Unincorporated Man was designated a Sci Fi Essential and became the 2010 Prometheus Award winner for Best Novel of the year. The sequel, The Unincorporated... Read More →

Participants
avatar for A.M. Burns

A.M. Burns

Writer, Out In Colorado Writers
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks. He’s enjoyed writing since he was in high school, but it wasn’t... Read More →
BK

Bob Kight

Bob Kight has been designing advanced computer technology for over 35 years. He has been studying and practicing hypnosis for over 10 years with several of today’s best hypnotists and is currently working with a group of street hypnotists. After five years of development he has... Read More →
DK

Dr. Karen Stollznow

Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist with a background in history and anthropology and author of the best-selling book God Bless America. Her other titles include Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic, Haunting America, Not What The Doctor Ordered (forthcoming) and the forthcoming novel... Read More →
RR

Robert Riddlemoser

Robert Riddlemoser is a registered psychotherapist with extensive training from various sources in hypnosis, hypnotherapy, pain management, smoking cessation, weight management, learning skills, confidence while facing tests, and creativity enhancement. Robert is the founder of the... Read More →
TH

Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

5:00pm

Who’ll Put People on Mars First?
With multiple governmental and private Mars missions in the air, who is involved and who will get there first?

Moderators
SG

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously... Read More →

Participants
AM

Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures." He’s been a software developer, scuba diver, farmhand, bartender, contributing editor at Byte Magazine, private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory... Read More →
avatar for L. Neil

L. Neil "El Neil" Smith

Colorado-based prolific sf writer L. Neil Smith (“ElNeil”), also a musician who plays guitar and banjo, has written 28 books. Star Wars fans know him for his three Lando Calrissian novels. Smithwon Prometheus Awards for Best Novel for The Probability Broach(1982), considered... Read More →
MC

Michael Carroll

Space artist and author Michael Carroll has illustrated books and magazines for 30 years. He is recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts, and has a digital painting on Mars on the deck of the Phoenix lander. His newest novel, Europa's... Read More →
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

7:00pm

Getting the Science Right
A general how-to and why-to panel on getting the science right in your fiction from participants with varying fields of expertise. Bring your questions, they’ve got answers!



Moderators
avatar for Dr Erin Macdonald

Dr Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow. After working as a postdoctoral researcher for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, she moved back to her roots in Colorado to pursue science education. She has worked as an educator at the Denver Museum for... Read More →

Participants
DT

Dr. Tim Slater

Dr. Tim Slater is a professor at the University of Wyoming where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. A member of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department, he is an expert in education and public outreach in astronomy and space sciences... Read More →
EK

Eytan Kollin

Born when Star Trek was new, Eytan Kollin had a typical American public school education—pretending to learn from people pretending to teach. He indulged in other seminal activities for a future sci-fi author: role-playing games, drugs, sex, movies, TV, sex, and lots of reading... Read More →
avatar for John Varley

John Varley

John Varley has written several novels and numerous short stories. Many of these stories are set a century or two after a race of mysterious and omnipotent aliens, the Invaders, have almost completely eradicated humans from the Earth (they regard whales and dolphins to be the superior... Read More →
WM

Wil McCarthy

Having been a novelist, journalist, engineer, inventor, business executive, bartender, poet, husband, father, boyfriend, and boy-toy, Wil McCarthy has made a pretty good sweep of the buffet table of life. And now, as with any buffet, he needs to figure out what he's getting for seconds... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor
 
Sunday, October 30
 

10:00am

The Future of the Automobile: Beyond Flying Cars
Self-driving cars, changing power sources, increasing gas costs—how will the changes affect society? Will we ever get real flying cars (not just evolved helicopters)?

Moderators
MA

Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the author of the Felix Gomez detective-vampire series. His latest novel is Rescue From Planet Pleasure, and he has contributed to Nightmares Unhinged and CyberWorld. Mario lives and writes in Denver.

Participants
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor and author, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s Wars media... Read More →
avatar for Dr Erin Macdonald

Dr Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow. After working as a postdoctoral researcher for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, she moved back to her roots in Colorado to pursue science education. She has worked as an educator at the Denver Museum for... Read More →
avatar for L. Neil

L. Neil "El Neil" Smith

Colorado-based prolific sf writer L. Neil Smith (“ElNeil”), also a musician who plays guitar and banjo, has written 28 books. Star Wars fans know him for his three Lando Calrissian novels. Smithwon Prometheus Awards for Best Novel for The Probability Broach(1982), considered... Read More →
WC

W.J. Cherf

W.J. Cherf, author of the time traveling series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust, writes historical science fiction for people who are looking for a wild ride, enjoy lively description, and an involved plot. Cherf wants them to walk away exhausted from the adventure, with the... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

11:00am

Is Scientific/Technological Progress Accelerating or Stagnating?
How much of the resources devoted to science is well spent? How does word of scientific discoveries get from lab to public?

Moderators
avatar for Lesley L. Smith

Lesley L. Smith

Physicist & SF Author
By day, Lesley L. Smith is a Ph.D. physicist. By night, she's an M.F.A. author and a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She's published seven... Read More →

Participants
AS

Aaron Spriggs

Aaron Spriggs is the eldest love child of a couple who eloped and are still happily married. Aaron studies many sciences, including arachnology, cryptozoology, entomology, and zoology. He’s in an active signed band, so technically he’s a rock star. Yes, he’s the living embodiment... Read More →
DD

Dr. Doug Beason

Dr. Doug Beason has written 16 books, including Ignition, bought by Universal Studios. A Nebula Award finalist, he has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Analog, Amazing Stories and Physical Review Letters. A Ph.D. physicist, Doug has been chief scientist... Read More →
DT

Dr. Tim Slater

Dr. Tim Slater is a professor at the University of Wyoming where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. A member of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department, he is an expert in education and public outreach in astronomy and space sciences... Read More →
RL

Rebecca Lickiss

A passionate reader, Rebecca Lickiss began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her website at www.lickiss.net is covered with real cobwebs from neglect. Her children recently informed... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

11:30am

Solar Viewing with DAS
Join DAS for some solar viewing this afternoon, possibly with a look at Saturn in the daytime!

Moderators
DA

Denver Astronomical Society

The Denver Astronomical Society (DAS) promotes the enjoyment and understanding of astronomical phenomena, history and lore by providing educational and observing opportunities for our members, education to the general public, and outreach activities at the University of Denver’s... Read More →

Sunday October 30, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
outside hotel to right/south of main hotel entrance

12:00pm

Are We Living in a Simulation?
Some believe it very likely, but how would we know? What are the moral and philosophical implications?

Moderators
SG

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously... Read More →

Participants
CK

Christopher Katava

Christopher Katava grew up near the northwest edge of Los Angeles. Living near a park with a magical small stream and an abundance of open space provided him a deep appreciation for nature. Christopher’s life path has shown him glimpses of a spiritual unity and respect for all life... Read More →
DK

Dr. Ka Chun Yu

Dr. Ka Chun Yu studies the most effective ways to use visualizations of astronomical datasets in both immersive and non-immersive settings, for education, as well as for inspiring and exciting the public. He also works on software tools for efficiently creating scientific visualizations... Read More →
EJ

Eric James Stone

Eric James Stone—Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, and winner in the Writers of the Future Contest—has had stories published in Year’s Best SF 15, Analog, Nature, and Kevin J. Anderson’s Blood Lite anthologies of humorous horror, among other venues. His first novel... Read More →
LK

Laura K. Deal

Laura K. Deal is a writer, speaker, teacher, and dream reader. She’s certified as a dream work facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work and has taught writing classes for more than ten years. She speaks about creativity, dreams, and metaphor. She's the author... Read More →
LG

Louise Gunderson

Louise and Jim Gunderson have been researching and developing robots and artificial intelligence systems since the early 1990s. With Ph.D.s in systems engineering (Louise) and computer science (Jim) they have focused on the artificial intelligence needed to make practical autonomous... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

1:00pm

The Latest on Kepler Mission
Get the latest scoop on Kepler’s search for habitable planets.

Moderators
DP

Dustin Putnam

Dustin Putnam works at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado, as a spacecraft control systems engineer. He has worked in the space industry for 21 years, spending the better part of the last 12 years on the Kepler space telescope as it moved from preliminary design through launch, commissioning... Read More →

Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm

Another Look at Robots
It may not be HAL, but people have already been killed by robots. Where are we going with robots and what safeguards might we need to take? What legislative and other planning is required?

Moderators
DH

Doug Hawk

Doug Hawk, now retired from a public relations career, writes horror and adventure novels that are published online. Much of his fiction focuses on the fictional Colorado towns of Crystal Wells, Coronado, and Shavano.

Participants
JG

Jim Gunderson

Louise and Jim Gunderson have been researching and developing robots and artificial intelligence systems since the early 1990s. With Ph.D.s in systems engineering (Louise) and computer science (Jim) they have focused on the artificial intelligence needed to make practical autonomous... Read More →
LG

Louise Gunderson

Louise and Jim Gunderson have been researching and developing robots and artificial intelligence systems since the early 1990s. With Ph.D.s in systems engineering (Louise) and computer science (Jim) they have focused on the artificial intelligence needed to make practical autonomous... Read More →
RL

Rebecca Lickiss

A passionate reader, Rebecca Lickiss began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her website at www.lickiss.net is covered with real cobwebs from neglect. Her children recently informed... Read More →
WM

Wil McCarthy

Having been a novelist, journalist, engineer, inventor, business executive, bartender, poet, husband, father, boyfriend, and boy-toy, Wil McCarthy has made a pretty good sweep of the buffet table of life. And now, as with any buffet, he needs to figure out what he's getting for seconds... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm

The Marching Morons: Are Americans Becoming More Scientifically Illiterate?
Are more people scientifically illiterate today? Is it getting worse, and if so, why? What effects will this have on society, can anything be done about it, are there benefits to this situation for the scientifically literate?



Moderators
DK

Dani Kollin

Dani Kollin’s first novel, co-written with his brother, Eytan, and published by Tor, was The Unincorporated Man. Released in 2009, The Unincorporated Man was designated a Sci Fi Essential and became the 2010 Prometheus Award winner for Best Novel of the year. The sequel, The Unincorporated... Read More →

Participants
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Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the h... Read More →
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Dr. Doug Beason

Dr. Doug Beason has written 16 books, including Ignition, bought by Universal Studios. A Nebula Award finalist, he has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Analog, Amazing Stories and Physical Review Letters. A Ph.D. physicist, Doug has been chief scientist... Read More →
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Dr. Ka Chun Yu

Dr. Ka Chun Yu studies the most effective ways to use visualizations of astronomical datasets in both immersive and non-immersive settings, for education, as well as for inspiring and exciting the public. He also works on software tools for efficiently creating scientific visualizations... Read More →
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Lesley L. Smith

Physicist & SF Author
By day, Lesley L. Smith is a Ph.D. physicist. By night, she's an M.F.A. author and a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She's published seven... Read More →
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Michael Carroll

Space artist and author Michael Carroll has illustrated books and magazines for 30 years. He is recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts, and has a digital painting on Mars on the deck of the Phoenix lander. His newest novel, Europa's... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm

Will Solar Energy Dominate Renewable?
Costs for solar energy are falling and other renewable energy technologies have problems. Will the market let the sunshine win?

Moderators
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Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Kalijor Press
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area, where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different... Read More →

Participants
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Massachusetts, Idaho, and Oregon. Currently residing in Colorado, many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s... Read More →
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J.L. Forrest

J.L. Forrest writes from the frosty mountains of Colorado, from the Old Country of Roma, Italia, and from the wet techno-forests of the Pacific Northwest. Published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, the Robot Cowgirl Press, and others, Forrest's stories span humanist... Read More →
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Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →
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Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Can AIs have Souls?
Once we can answer the question, “Is is there artificial intelligence?” with yes, it just opens up more questions. Does a self-aware artificial intelligence have a soul? How could we tell?

Moderators
LG

Louise Gunderson

Louise and Jim Gunderson have been researching and developing robots and artificial intelligence systems since the early 1990s. With Ph.D.s in systems engineering (Louise) and computer science (Jim) they have focused on the artificial intelligence needed to make practical autonomous... Read More →

Participants
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Jim Gunderson

Louise and Jim Gunderson have been researching and developing robots and artificial intelligence systems since the early 1990s. With Ph.D.s in systems engineering (Louise) and computer science (Jim) they have focused on the artificial intelligence needed to make practical autonomous... Read More →
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Michael Lee Burgess

Michael Lee Burgess can truthfully say that science fiction has been part of his life forever ("it started with Dad, they were his books, remember John Carter of Mars?"). Sometimes they call him Reverend Michael back at Blue Hill/Bladen United Methodist Churches in Nebraska. He has... Read More →
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Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past, The Esterhazy Press
Rob S. Rice proudly considers himself an ‘Ambassador from the Past.’ He holds a doctorate in Ancient History and works as ‘The Professor’ at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where he teaches all kinds of history to participants and customers alike. He’s written large... Read More →
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Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a feral poet, alpha geek, and amateur guitarist. He has published more than 30 non-fiction articles, and his poetry has graced the pages and pixels of Apex Publications, Tales of the Talisman and cream... Read More →
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Tim Simpson

Tim Simpson lives with a dog, a cat, assorted silicon-based lifeforms, and one extraordinarily-significant other named Kaia.


Sunday October 30, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor