Here's the current draft of the Duckon program.
My events (in addition to Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies):
8 PM Friday: Classic SF/Fantasy/Horror
What makes War of the Worlds memorable? Our panelists will share their lists of famous and not so known pieces of literature they would definitely keep on their shelves and pass down to the future generations. Even though these “treasures” were written more than forty years ago or older, they are still enjoyable today and beyond.
10 AM Saturday: Curiosity’s Journey Continues: NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover
The Mars rover Curiosity brought a sophisticated toolbox of instruments to study the surface of the Red Planet—including one that can fire a laser pulse to vaporize a rock, then capture its spectrum.(Curiosity keeps exploring; I keep talking about her.)
Join Bill Higgins to review what Curiosity has taught us during 11 months of exploring a region in Gale Crater where water once flowed.
10 AM Sunday: Vandals of the Void: Damaging Meteors from Chelyabinsk to Chicago
A window-shattering shock wave injured 1400 Russians, and startled the world, a few months ago. Meteoric violence is rare, but it can be devastating—and meteors have assaulted Chicagoland at least twice. Bill Higgins reviews the Chelyabinsk blast, reveals our local impacts, and examines whether we can fight back against our asteroidal foes.(This is a new talk I cooked up out of fascination with the Chelyabinsk incident.)
11 AM Sunday: Beauty of Science
Many times science and art often intertwine. There is a natural beauty everywhere from geological formations in Mammoth Cave, to streaming light emissions of the Northern Lights. Some art has to be discovered and science will be the tool to reveal them. Join our panelists as they share some examples of how they see beauty in scientific discoveries.
Times may well change; this schedule is not final, so check with Duckon once the con begins for the latest schedule.
Needless to say, I'm very much looking forward to the weekend!