What really sold me on this show was the way it livened up a simple "two spacemen talking in a bar" scene. The bar's window offers a view of the giant fish cavorting above the underwater city-- nice touch. Then, unexpectedly, THIS happens:
Friends, the future is going to be different.
Anyway, it's good to be home.
Next up: Windycon this weekend. Forty, and I've attended thirty-seven of them. Wow.
Saturday, - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Jr Ballroom A
Will space travel ever be safe enough and cheap enough to really colonize other planets? Can a moon or Mars colony really work? Will space colonization be government sponsored or private citizens? What happens if we can’t leave Earth?
Bill Higgins (M)
Gravity: Film v. Science
Saturday, - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Jr Ballroom A
The Alfonso Cuaron film Gravity certainly looks beautiful and makes full use of 3D technology, but how accurate is it? Cuaron has admitted that scientific accuracy was allowed to float out the window for the needs of the story, but Astronaut Mike Massimino has praised the film and Neil de Grasse Tyson has tweeted about its inaccuracies. Our team of technogeeks dissect, celebrate, and go fanboy over the film.
Steve Collins (M)
Robert J. Trembley
[This should be a hoot! Beware, there will be SPOILERS at this panel.]
The Future of Private Space Exploration
Sunday, - 10:00 am to 11:00 am - Lilac A
Now that NASA is out of the space business private developers are stepping in. Can private space exploration really give us the future sf predicts? How can we help get there?
W. A. (Bill) Thomasson (M)
Vandals of the Void: Damaging Meteorites from Chelyabinsk to Chicago
Sunday, - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Jr Ballroom B
A window-shattering shock wave injured 1100 Russians and startled the world a few months ago. Meteoric violence is rare, but it can be devastating-and meteorites have assaulted Chicagoland at least twice. Bill Higgins reviews the Chelyabinsk blast, reveals our local impacts.