Several top scientists and hard sf writers who have devoted their careers to big dreams will participate in the Starship Century Symposium, hosted by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination on May 21-22 in collaboration with Gregory and James Benford. Speeches and panels will present ideas from the Benfords’ new Starship Century anthology of science and science fiction.
Four questions will drive the discussion –
Is this the century we begin to build starships?
Why go to the Stars?
The vision of a 100 year program to create a starship will be explored – from the development of an interplanetary economic infrastructure, to the structural requirements, the human factors and speculations on what we might find.
The challenges and opportunities for humanity’s long-term future in space will be addressed by the Benford brothers, Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, Peter Schwartz, John Cramer, Robert Zubrin and more. Science fiction authors Neal Stephenson, Allen Steele, Joe Haldeman, Geoffrey Landis and David Brin will be among the writers discussing what effect these explorations might have upon individuals and civilization as a whole.
The full agenda is here. Two of the highlights will be —
Tuesday, May 21
Panel: The Future Of New Space
Wednesday, May 22
Fiction Writers Panel: Envisioning The Starship Era
moderated by Gregory Benford
[Thanks to Gregory Benford for the story.]