The 2nd Starship Century Symposium will be held at the Royal Astronomical Society, Piccadilly, London, UK on Monday October 21st 2013.
Starship Century addresses the challenges and opportunities for our long-term future in space, with possibilities envisioned by featured speaker Lord Martin Rees, Royal Astronomer, Ian Crawford, Birkbeck College, University of London, writer/scientist Stephen Baxter, James Benford, Microwave Sciences, and Gregory Benford, UC Irvine. The London event is headlined by the Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees, as well as featuring talks and panels by James and Gregory Benford, Stephen Baxter and Ian Crawford of Birkbeck College.
This is the sequel to their enormously successful first symposium, which was held at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego, in May 21st–22nd with the participation of famous world wide scientists, futurists, space advocates and science fiction writers : Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, Robert Zubrin, Peter Schwartz, Geoffrey Landis, Ian Crawford, James Benford, John Cramer, the science fiction writers included are Neal Stephenson, Gregory Benford, Joe Haldeman, David Brin, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, Allen Steele.
Starship Century discusses the implications that these explorations might have upon our development as individuals and as a civilization.
“Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon Paperback” edited by Gregory Benford and James Benford
There will also be opportunities to purchase and get signed copies of the Starship Century book, which includes essays and fiction from the above speakers, plus the likes of Stephen Hawking, Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, Robert Zubrin, David Brin, Neal Stephenson, Joe Haldeman and Nancy Kress.
Starship Century is an anthology by authors from both science and fiction writing backgrounds, illustrating some of the tech and ideology behind the illustrious goal of traveling to another star within the next century.
Edited by Gregory Benford, New York Times bestselling science fiction author, and James Benford, leading expert on space propulsion, Starship Century includes science fiction by Neal Stephenson, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, John Cramer, Richard A. Lovett, and Allen Steele, as well as scientific articles by Stephen Hawking, Freeman Dyson, Robert Zubrin, Peter Schwartz, Martin Rees, Ian Crawford, James Benford, Geoffrey Landis, Paul Davies and Adam Crowl. This groundbreaking anthology of science and science fiction is based on findings and discussions of the 100-Year Starship Symposium held in 2011. In it, top scientists tackle the opportunities for our long-term future in space. Alongside them, science fiction authors explore the dream and the possibilities : http://www.amazon.com/Starship-Century-Toward-Grandest-Horizon/dp/1939051290
An excerpt : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/sample/read/9781939051295
Interstellar Organizations :
British Interplanetary Society : http://www.bis-space.com
Tau Zero : http://www.tauzero.aero / http://www.centauri-dreams
Icarus Interstellar : http://www.icarusinterstellar.org
Institute for Interstellar Studies : http://www.i4is.org