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Preliminary Program Grid for Nalin A. Ratnayake

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Nalin A. Ratnayake 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.

Saturday 10:00 am: Does Hard Science Fiction Have to be Opaque to Non-Techies? (Ends at: 10:55 am) Frederick
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Mike McPhail, Nalin A. Ratnayake, Ian Randal Strock (M), David Walton
Panelists will discuss how writing about quantum computing, string theory, nanotechnology, genetics, chemistry, rocket science, etc., can be done in a way that is scientifically accurate, yet understandable by people who have no science background past high school and maybe college distribution requirement. E.g. making Bose-Einstein Condensate understandable to someone who never got past "physics for poets."
Saturday 6:00 pm: War on Science (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Carolyn Ives Gilman, Inge Heyer (M), Thomas Holtz, James Morrow, Nalin A. Ratnayake
Some of America's leaders don't believe in global warming, want creationism taught in schools, and others want to ban human cloning or restrict genetic modified foods. Why this distrust of science? Is it growing? Are political leaders trying to appeal to the ignorant or do they really believe this? And what is the danger to the planet?
Sunday 11:00 am: What Are The New Questions That SF/F Should Be Asking? (Ends at: 11:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:M'Shai Dash, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Malka Older, Nalin A. Ratnayake
SF in particular is meant to be a forward-looking genre. What questions should contemporary SFF writers be asking that they are not? What issues are being successfully addressed?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Positive Science Fiction (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Malka Older, Sarah Pinsker, Nalin A. Ratnayake, Bud Sparhawk (M)
Much SF these days is dystopian or grim. Why isn't there more positive SF? Jetse DeVries's anthology Shine demonstrated that it's possible to write positive SF even when dealing with issues such as climate change.

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