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Agenda (subject to change)


9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

James Benford
Gregory Benford
Sheldon Brown


9:20 AM Starships and the Fates of Humankind Peter Schwartz
10:05 PM Noah's Ark Eggs and Warm-Blooded Plants Freeman Dyson
10:50 AM On the Way to Starflight: Economics of Interstellar Breakout Robert Zubrin
11:35 AM Thinking Big Neal Stephenson

12:20 PM


New Space

1:30 PM Developing Near Space Patti Grace Smith
2:15 PM The Nuclear Rocket: Workhorse of the Solar System Geoffrey Landis
3:00 PM The Coming Interplanetary Economy Chris Lewicki

3:45 PM

Panel: The Future Of New Space

moderated by Peter Schwartz
Freeman Dyson
Neal Stephenson
Allen Steele
Geoffrey Landis

5:15 PM

Starship Century Book Signing


Dessert Reception: “Remembering Sir Arthur C. Clarke”

Seuss Room alcove, Geisel Library, UC San Diego


Getting to the Stars

9:00 AM Starship Concepts Adam Crowl
9:45 AM Sailships James Benford
10:30 AM Exotic Paths to the Stars John Cramer
11:15 AM Starship Destinations Ian Crawford

12:15 PM


1:30 AM Can We Survive Alien Biospheres? Paul Davies
2:15 PM Becoming Galactic Jon Lomberg

3:00 PM

Panel: Getting To The Target Stars

moderated by Jill Tarter
Ian Crawford
Robert Zubrin
Geoffrey Landis
Adam Crowl

4:00 PM

Fiction Writers Panel: Envisioning The Starship Era

moderated by Gregory Benford
Joe Haldeman
David Brin
Larry Niven
Vernor Vinge
Jon Lomberg

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

James Benford
Gregory Benford
Sheldon Brown

5:30 P.M

Writers Book Signing