I spent last weekend at the Social & Cultural Issues in Astrobiology 2016 conference at Clemson University, South Carolina. A small academic conference (~30 people) discussing nonscientific issues surrounding astrobiology and space exploration, and an absolutely amazing chance to spend two days thinking through the future among some of the world’s foremost thinkers and researchers on the topic.
If you poke around the website, you can find abstracts on all 26 talks: two one-hour keynotes and 24 half-hour talks on everything from ethics to gene theory. Starting on the 3rd talk, I livetweeted my notes and comments. For an overview of some of the top concerns and opinions around space travel, take a look through the Storifies below!
Session 1: Philosophy of Science
Session 2: Philosophy of Biology
Session 3: Connections and Patterns
Session 4: The Importance of Perspective
Day 2 Keynote
Session 5: Education & Outreach
Session 6: Concepts of Life
Session 7: Applied Ethics
Session 8: Ethical Theory
I’m excited to announce my schedule at Archon, the St. Louis area’s fan-run SFF convention! This year, Archon 40 will be September 30 – October 2, 2016.
All of my panels are on Saturday, October 1. I don’t expect to be there on Friday, but I may on Sunday.
Author Readings with Benjamin C. Kinney and Lloyd Kropp
10am, Cahokian (GC).
Changing Landscape: Science Fiction Then and Now
12pm, Illini A (GC). Science fiction has rapidly evolved in the last 60 years. Discuss current science fiction and if the changes have been for the better.
Van Allen Plexio (M), Rich Horton, Lettie Prell, Benjamin C. Kinney, Sara M. Harvey.
Writing and Selling Short Stories
3pm, Marquette B (GC). Short stories behave differently than full-length novels in many ways. Come get tips for writing, editing, and selling your best short stories.
Benjamin C. Kinney (M), Ellen Datlow, Joey Froehlich, Joy Ward, Lettie Prell.
Writing Sexuality and Gender in Science Fiction
6pm, Marquette B (GC). A conversation on the whens, whys, and hows of addressing sexuality and gender in your writing.
Cole Gibsen (M), Tex Thompson, Betsy Phillips, Sara M. Harvey, Benjamin C. Kinney.
My latest publication, Shiplight, is up today at the fine Metaphorosis Magazine! Alongside some absolutely gorgeous cover art by Vincent Coviello.
This was originally one of the first stories I ever wrote; the first words hit the page in June 2012, but it’s been vastly revised over the years. It’s a science fiction story set on humankind’s first extrasolar colony world, about fear and politics and the inevitability of generational divides.
I have some story notes below the cut, but they may contain spoilers, so read the story first!
Been waiting for my audio-only story in PodCastle to come out in an eyeball-compatible version? Your prayers are answered, all my non-podcast-listening friends! Follow this link for the text version of Sweeter than Lead, my dark fantasy about prophecy and addiction.