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Semi-Final Program Grid for D. Douglas Fratz

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. D. Douglas Fratz 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 10:00 pm: What Stalled the Space Program? (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: David Bartell, Eric Choi, D. Douglas Fratz (M), Inge Heyer, James Maxey, Ian Randal Strock
After reaching the moon NASA retrenched and since we grounded the space shuttle our astronauts are reduced to hitchhiking to the International Space Station. What happened? Was this avoidable? How can we revive the space program?
Saturday 11:00 pm: Grumpy Old Pharts Panel (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott Edelman (M), D. Douglas Fratz (M), Darrell Schweitzer (M)
Back in my day… experienced curmudgeons square off. And get off my lawn!
Sunday 10:00 am: Hand Waving or Sci-fantasy? (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: David Bartell, D. Douglas Fratz, Inge Heyer, Jamie Todd Rubin, Lawrence M. Schoen (M)
Many classic Science Fiction authors didn't spend a lot of time describing the technology or science of their futures. Things worked, but if you look more closely, they may not make sense. Today authors still use this technique. Is this a legitimate form of science fiction or lazy writing? Have the standard furniture of sf -- the FTL drive and time machine -- become so common the author does not need to explain them, just use them for a story? Do all the details and the scientific equations get in the way?
Sunday 4:00 pm: My Favorite Author (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: D. Douglas Fratz (M), Carolyn Ives Gilman, Rahul Kanakia, Sharyn November
Panelists discuss their favorite books and authors. What draws you to an author? How have your tastes changed over time? How has that author influenced you?

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