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Friday, Oct. 23 2020
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Game Night: Trivia Contest
Test yourself against five of our panelists! Play along in our trivia contest on your phone or computer, hosted by Oh No Ross and Carrie's Ross Blocher, from home.
Gordon Tarpley, Tanya Harrison, Maynard Okereke, Brian Dunning Moderator: Ross Blocher
Saturday, Oct. 24 2020
11:00 am - 11:50 am Reborn from the Apocalypse
Both history and current events teach that a Biblical-proportioned apocalypse is not necessarily confined to the realms of fiction. How can we reinvent ourselves, and more importantly, will we?
Charlie Stross, Gabriel Partida, David D. Perlmutter Moderator: Mike Fatum
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm Designing New Worlds: Imagined Places, Real Problems
Authors and DMs don't just design worlds — they have to design societies.
Charlie Stross, Yoon Ha Lee, Rion Amilcar Scott, Megan Condis
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Writing & Publishing: Diversifying Available Voices
Everyone deserves a protagonist they can relate to. What concrete steps can we do to make sure readers have what they're looking for? Writers and publishers talk about conscious choices and challenges in industry.
Neil Clarke, Yoon Ha Lee, Arley Sorg, SL Huang
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Projecting the Landscape of the Future: Research, Development, and Science Fiction
Scientists and artists discuss what they're focusing on when they focus on tomorrow--and how creativity, innovation, and research are key, whether you're working with our current reality or constructing your own.
Tanya Harrison, Neil Clarke, Madeline Ashby, Fon Davis Moderator: Arley Sorg
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm A Conversation with Susan Egan
Brian Dunning sits down with award-winning voice actor Susan Egan to talk animation, art, science and more.
Susan Egan Moderator: Brian Dunning
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Evolving Fandom: How The Internet Changed Everything
Fans have more access to properties and their creators than ever before. How has this evolved over the years, and what does it mean for fans and creators alike?
Kate Dollarhyde, Susan Egan, Christopher Bell, Jeremy Whitley Moderator: Mike Fatum
5:00 pm - 5:50 pm Colony One: Mars vs. The Moon
Mars and the Moon each offer compelling benefits and unique challenges as humanity's first permanent offworld colony. Which one should it be?
Tanya Harrison, Maynard Okereke, Tim Russ, Eric Molinsky
6:00 pm - 6:50 pm Where's My Robot Butler? Next Steps in AI Development
Artificial intelligence is the wave of the future--but for leisure, for profit, or both? A discussion of where we are with AI today, and where we might hope to be tomorrow.
Gordon Tarpley, Jaime Banks, Fon Davis, SL Huang
7:00 pm - 7:50 pm The Science of Science Fiction
Science fiction challenges a lot of up and coming scientists to turn abstract dreams into physical reality. What major inventions and research exists as a result of science fiction, and how the heck do they work?
Jaime Banks, Tamara Robertson, Gordon Tarpley Moderator: Jenna Busch
8:00 pm - 8:50 pm Streaming Science
It turns out YouTube is more than just cat videos, with thousands tuning in for knowledge and entertainment alike. How do YouTubers maximize science, communication, and entertainment in a few short minutes of content?
Kyle Hill, Ashley Gary, Raven the Science Maven, Asheley Landrum
9:00 pm - 9:50 pm A Conversation with Brian Tyler
Brian Dunning sits down with award-winning film composer Brian Tyler to talk science, music, and art.
Brian Tyler Moderator: Brian Dunning
10:00 pm - 10:50 pm First Annual Asteroid Awards
Help us celebrate scientists, authors, and creators working to further science communication, science fiction, and science fact.
Moderator: Brian Dunning, David D. Perlmutter
11:00 pm - 12:50 am Science Friction screening
Skeptoid Media's newest feature length documentary, Science Friction, is an exploration of the ways scientists and their research are often presented out of context to provide dramatic tension in media. Listen to the stories of several scientists who have experienced this. This screening is followed Sunday morning by a Q&A with director Emery Emery and producer Brian Dunning.
Moderator: Brian Dunning
Sunday, Oct. 25 2020
11:00 am - 11:50 am Science Friction: Q&A with the Filmmakers
Question and answer session with the makers of Science Friction (shown Saturday night), the upcoming documentary film about scientists who are misrepresented by the media.
Brian Dunning, Emery Emery
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm Science Doesn't Typecast: Diversity and Scicomm
Voices in science communication sit down to talk through the need for increased visibility and diversity in science, and why it's so crucial.
Maynard Okereke, Asheley Gary, Raven the Science Maven
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm "No Place Like Home": Social and Physical Challenges to Long Term Space Travel
What social challenges might cohabitating for long-term space travel or even colony ships present, and what can our current trend towards working from home teach us?
Dr. Janina Scarlet, Madeline Ashby, Ian Wilkinson, Daisy Millman
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm From Puzzles to Poignancy: The evolution of gaming and virtual worlds
Video gaming technologies have been part of popular culture since at least the 1960s, yet many approaches to video games focus on them as simple technologies. Games are often casts as toys or distractions, relegated to children or childish adults. Yet, such a focus ignores the evolution of gaming technologies and production practices to include a wide array of offerings: from basic puzzles to morally and emotionally complex forms of transcendental story-telling. This panel will discuss the evolution of gaming experiences historically and in contemporary media culture.
Kate Dollarhyde, Nick Bowman, Austin Walker
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Thrilling Heroics: Our Fascination with Superheroes, Villains, and the Dystopic
Action-packed stories about worlds past and those to come often veer into the dystopic, distilling concepts down to good vs. evil and have vs. have not. Why do we love them so much, and what does this tell us?
Dr. Janina Scarlet, Robert Peaslee, Rion Amilcar Scott, Jeremy Whitley Moderator: Jenna Busch
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm So Are Aliens Visiting Us, Or What?
A growing number of people believe aliens actively visit the Earth. What does the science tell us?
Tim Russ, Alex Olshansky, Sarah Scoles Moderator: Brian Dunning
5:00 pm - 5:50 pm Talking Superhero Science with Tamara & Friends
The ageless question of the chicken and the egg: Did superheroes inspire science fiction, or did science fiction inspire superheroes?
Tamara Robertson, Nick Bowman, Maynard Okereke, Jeremy Whitley

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