NASA Astronaut Named Sasquan Special Guest

Lindgren is the Jedi on the front left.

Lindgren is the Jedi on the front left.

Sasquan has announced NASA Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren will participate as a Special Guest of the 2015 Worldcon while aboard the International Space Station serving as a Flight Engineer for ISS Expedition 44 and 45.

“My path to space has been paved with books,” says Lindgren, who has a long list of favorite sf and fantasy authors — Orson Scott Card, Tom Clancy, Arthur C. Clarke, Ernest Cline, Joe Haldeman, Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, C. S. Lewis, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Neal Stephenson, Kim Stanley Robinson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Vernor Vinge, Bill Watterson, and Connie Willis.

Lindgren is a board-certified practitioner of emergency medicine and aerospace medicine and holds a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado.

His work on board the International Space Station will include conducting a variety of experiments involving crystal growth, zero-g combustion and robotics.

The full press release follows the jump.

MEDIA RELEASE #2015-2

Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention
19-23 August 2015 at Spokane WA USA

http://www.sasquan.org

pressrelease@sasquan.org

Sasquan announces Special Guest Dr. Kjell Lindgren

Spokane, 13 March 2015

Sasquan is proud to announce NASA Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren as a Special Guest! Dr. Lindgren will be participating both in Sasquan and as a Flight Engineer on the International Space Station Expedition 44 and 45. For the first time in Worldcon history, we will be in real-time communication with a member of our community – out of this world!

Kjell Lindgren was born in Taiwan and went to school in England and Virginia; and he currently calls Texas home. He is a family man, enjoying board games, video games, and Tae Kwon Do with his kids. He has a lifelong interest in science fiction and fantasy; his list of favorite authors includes Orson Scott Card, Tom Clancy, Arthur C. Clarke, Edward Cline, Joe Haldeman, Robert Heinlein, Steven King, George R. R. Martin, C. S. Lewis, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Neal Stephenson, Kim Stanley Robinson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Vernor Vinge, Bill Watterson, and Connie Willis. He says, “My path to space has been paved with books,” and for him a book appears on the mission patch for ISS Expedition 45. He has a particular interest in reading and education, hoping to share and broaden the path that led him into space with today’s students and tomorrow’s spacefarers.

Dr. Lindgren is a board-certified practitioner of emergency medicine and aerospace medicine. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master’s degree in Cardiopulmonary Physiology, a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado, and he worked a three-year residency in emergency medicine, including a year as chief resident, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and completed a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Master of Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota, as well as a two-year residency in Space Medicine and Master of Public Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He has worked with deputy flight surgeon for STS-130 and ISS-25 missions and was selected for the astronaut training program in 2009. He was CAPCOM (communications control) for ISS-30 in 2011-2012.

In space, Dr. Lindgren will work on experiments involving making things and living in space, including crystal growth, low-gravity metal alloys, remote medical robotics, understanding the aging process, and studying the effects of zero gravity, radiation, and long-term isolation. Dr. Lindgren will be aboard the International Space Station during the 2015 Worldcon and his convention participation will be through remote communication. As of March 2015, his in-space schedule and availability has not been finalized; Sasquan will announce details as we have them.

ENDS

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4 thoughts on “NASA Astronaut Named Sasquan Special Guest

  1. I hope during Labor Day weekend I can tune in the NASA Channel and pick up some high quality Worldcon programming.

  2. Look at the names on that poster: Cosmonaut Korniyenko will be joined by Cosmonaut Kononenko. This will probably not confuse anybody aboard ISS, who will, I imagine, call them “Mikhail” and “Oleg,” but it might confuse those of us on the ground reading about their doings.

    Anyway, it’s wonderful to have Dr. Lindgren participate in the Worldcon, and to learn that a little piece of Sasquan will take place on the International Space Station.

    I spread the news around to some of the other folks often seen speaking about spaceflight at Worldcons. Henry Spencer said “The only problem is that there’s no free shuttle bus between the two sites…”

  3. As long as they’re not holding the business meeting at Dr. Lindgren’s location it’s permissible not to provide transportation to that site….

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