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Preliminary Program Grid for John Ashmead

This is the Preliminary program schedule. John Ashmead 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 7:00 pm: Quantum Mechanics & Literature (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Catherine Asaro, John Ashmead (M), Carolyn Ives Gilman, C.S. MacCath
What is quantum mechanics (in layman's terms please) and how do writers make use of it in science fiction? What writers do this most effectively without requiring the reader to take a graduate course first?
Friday 10:00 pm: What Is Out There? (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:John Ashmead (M), Gary L. Oleson
Are aliens real? What is the possibility that we can ever communicate with aliens? What would happen if we could talk to aliens?
Saturday 1:00 pm: John Ashmead - "Just How Many Universes Are There, Anyway?" (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:John Ashmead (M)
Why do many physicists think there may be an infinite number of universes? What would they be like? What might life be like in parallel universes? How might we detect them? Could we travel between them? And what does quantum mechanics have to do with the multiverse?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Building A Spacefaring Civilization (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:John Ashmead, Thomas McCabe (M), Mike McPhail, Gary L. Oleson
What can the human race do in the near term to expand beyond Earth and into interplanetary space? What sort of advances in science and technology are needed? What kind of cultural and governance shifts can we expect as we become a spacefaring civilization?

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