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Saturday, May 26

11:00am EDT

Other Worlds According to Greg Bear
Award-winning science fiction author and Museum advisory board member, Greg Bear is coming to Escape Velocity! Greg’s Eon series is perfectly on-theme for this year’s event: Other Worlds. Greg will be discussing Thistledown and the science behind building artificial worlds and about the Forerunner Saga and learn how he crafted the characters, setting, and story. Greg will also be signing books--check out Greg’s latest work here.

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Greg Bear

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Blood Music, Darwin’s Radio, City at the End of Time, Mariposa, and Hull Zero Three. His most recent novel, Killing Titan, was released in 2015. Although he has also illustrated both hardcover... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
  Guest, Literature

12:00pm EDT

The Future According to David Brin
Award-winning science fiction author and Museum of Science Fiction advisory board member David Brin is speaking to us at Escape Velocity! David’s book, Heaven’s Reach is perfectly on-theme for this year’s event: Other Worlds. David will be discussing Fractal World of his Uplift series (a fresh spin on the Dyson Sphere idea), a cluster of space habitats circling a white dwarf and the science behind building artificial worlds. You can check out David’s latest work here. Note: David will be participating remotely at this event.

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David Brin

Scientist, Author
David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
  Guest, Literature, Science

1:00pm EDT

World-Building for Writers
Prolific TV writer Morgan Gendel takes us on a tour of the many worlds for which he has written, from the artisanal village of the planet Kataan from “The Inner Light,” to the nuked-out future of The 100, to Earth Colonial Planet 6-2 from his new novel, Planet Six. Aspiring writers and fans alike will enjoy learning how to establish a world with compelling description and design it to wring maximum emotion from the characters who populate it.

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Morgan Gendel

Screenwriter, producer, and futurist
Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits,including the CW Network hit, The 100; Star Trek: The Next Generation and DeepSpace 9; the TekWar TV movies; The Dresden Files; Drop Dead Diva and Law & Order. He is perhaps best known as writer of “The... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
  Guest, Literature

2:00pm EDT

The 50th Anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey
There is scarcely a better example of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) collaborations than 2001: A Space Odyssey. After 50 years, Arthur C. Clarke's story, as shown to us by Stanley Kubrick, is as visually stunning, thought provoking, and scientifically relevant as it was in 1968. Guests Robert Godwin and Adam Johnson bring us the history of this epic film in a panel moderated by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation's Timothy Logue. Book signing and film screening to follow.

Note: once the room has reached capacity, we will not be able to let additional attendees in. However, we will not take pre-registrations for this panel. Make sure to arrive on-time for this panel!

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Timothy Logue

Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, Thales Alenia Space
Timothy J. Logue is a lifelong science fiction fan who has been fortunate to work in thespace and satellite sectors for almost 40 years. He is currently Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, for Thales Alenia Space, a major European space manufacturer, in Washington, D.C... Read More →

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Robert Godwin

Owner and Founder, Apogee Space Books
Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He was the Space Curator of the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto and has written or edited over 100 books, including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports". Robert has appeared on dozens of radio and... Read More →
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Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson has a two year Certificate in Performance Music earned in Adelaide, Australia.  After moving to the United States, he was educated at Washington State University and then worked 15 years in Audio engineering and design.  For the past 17 years, he is an aerospace engineer... Read More →
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Greg Nicotero

Executive Producer / Director / Special FX Make-Up Designer, The Walking Dead
With more than three decades of work in the film industry, Greg Nicotero still remembers his first days working with Tom Savini and George A. Romero on Day of the Dead. This unexpected detour redirected Nicotero into the world of horror/fantasy special makeup effects that has included... Read More →

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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
 Annapolis 3