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Preliminary Program Grid for Gary L. Oleson

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Gary L. Oleson 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 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: Generation Starships (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Edward M. Lerner, Gary L. Oleson, Alastair Reynolds, Bud Sparhawk (M)
One way writers get around the problem of the enormous distances between solar systems (without FTL) is to propose starships capable of carrying families who have children for however many generations it takes to reach the destination. Is this practical in real life? What are the advantages/disadvantages of this approach? How can planners ensure the generations will hold to the mission? What fictional works have the best generation ships and what makes them stellar examples.
Saturday 4:00 pm: Living In The Future (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Roger MacBride Allen, James Morrow (M), Sherin Nicole, Gary L. Oleson
Welcome Marty McFly to 2015. In Back to the Future II, Marty takes the DeLorean to October 21, 2015, that's less than 2 weeks away. We are living in the past's future. What did they get right/wrong? What about other vehicles that traveled into their future/our past?
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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