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Semi-Final Program Grid for Catherine Asaro

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Catherine Asaro may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Friday 6:30 pm: Reading Catherine Asaro (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro
Friday 9:00 pm: Alien Autopsy, the Xenobiology panel. (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, David Bartell, Alisha Brown, Sam Scheiner (M)
What is xenobiology? What does the science say? How do writers create alien creatures and what writers have the most realistic alien biology?
Friday 10:00 pm: Can you hear me now? (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro (M), Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Elaine Stiles
What is the future of communication? How is social interaction changing in the age of Facebook and Twitter? Asimov wrote about Spacers who never left their homes, with Skype, video conferencing, and telecommuting people can actually do this. How will this affect the world?
Saturday 11:00 am: Not Rocket Science (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D., Edward M. Lerner, James Morrow, Sam Scheiner (M)
Hard science fiction usually focuses on physics and space. What about the other sciences? How can they be treated seriously as hard SF? What are the best authors who have focused on biology or the social sciences?
Saturday 2:00 pm: Science fiction without Science (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Eric Choi, Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D. (M), Inge Heyer, Edward M. Lerner
Can the improbable work without some basis to science in science?
Saturday 11:00 pm: Our lonely future (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, David Bartell (M), Doug Fratz
What if we are alone in the universe? Is a universe with no life outside of Earth realistic? Aside from the Foundation series, what other science fiction has space travel without aliens?

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