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3697. Hardly Science?
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.
Brad Lyau, James C. Glass, John DeChancie, Larry Niven, Kevin Roche
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Chicago
3717. Science, Fiction, and Politics: Shaping Reality
Come join our panel of people working in science and science fiction for a discussion of how science, and science fiction affects politics - and vice versa.
S.P. Hendrick, Harry Turtledove, Robert Mitchell Evans, Brad Lyau, E.E. King
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Saint Louis
3736. Redshirts and Bodycount
Star Trek, with its many generations and recent reboot, gives us the opportunity to consider the way stakes and violence have been portrayed in media from the 60s until today. Is it possible to have high stakes without violence? Is the threat of death always necessary? How does an exceptionally nonviolent movie like Star Trek IV hold up today? Is sanitized violence in fact more offensive than 'honest' violence? And is there actually any reason to strive for nonviolence, if the audience is enjoying it?
Aviya Amir, Mel Gilden, Thomas Sipos, Robert Mitchell Evans, Brad Lyau
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Atlanta
3745. What if Star Trek Had Never Existed?
For the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, Wired posed this very question. What would sci-fi, fandom, technology, and society look like? Join authors, scientists, and fans in a discussion of an alternate universe without the federation, phasers, and the legacy of the USS Enterprise.
Brad Lyau, David Raiklen, Steve Frankel, Brian K. Lowe, Michael Siladi
SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, New Orleans
3810. It SHOULD Be Science Fiction But
There are some pretty terrific things out there which one might think would be science fiction. There are also some pretty horrific things out there which one might think should be science fiction, but is not. From scary animals, to incredible technological advancements, what are your favourites of things that one would think would be science fiction or fantasy, but are not?
Laura Pearlman, David Raiklen, Laura Frankos, Brad Lyau
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, New Orleans