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Saturday, September 2 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The Controversies of Hard Science Fiction

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Why does so much controversy surround the genre of hard science fiction? Even establishing a definition has long been a source of debate. For this panel, we will define hard science fiction as literature that uses established scientific principles as the jumping off point for plausible extrapolation that is integral to the story. Is it true that hard science fiction concentrates on science to the exclusion of good character development, emotional depth, and literary quality, or is that a stereotype that can't survive in the current age? What constitutes "plausible extrapolation?" Are the hard sciences becoming too advanced to make for a good story? Do you need scientific credentials to write hard sf? In a field once assumed as only for men, who are some of the women writing hard science fiction? Panelists will discuss the many controversies associated with hard science fiction and weigh in with their thoughts.

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Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Baen Books (distributed by Simon... Read More →

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David Walton

David Walton is an internationally bestselling science fiction and fantasy author with five novels in print.  His debut novel TERMINAL MIND won the 2007 Philip K. Dick award for the best science fiction paperback novel published that year.  His historical fantasy series starts... Read More →

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Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
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