Ad Astra 2014 Schedule

This is my schedule of appearances at the Ad Astra science fiction convention, which will be taking place over the weekend of April 4–6, 2014 at the Sheraton Parkway North, 600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario.  Please note the schedule is subject to change.  I will be posting updates and corrections as required.

GoH and Author Signings

April 5, 2014, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Richmond A)

Are Asteroids Worthy of Manned Space Missions?

David Stephenson, Eric Choi, Paul Roberts

April 5, 2014, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Newmarket)

NASA is planning missions to near-Earth asteroids.  Starting with a sample return mission, plans include capturing a small asteroid and bringing it nearer Earth for a fully manned mission.  Share your thoughts on whether this the best use of limited funding, if the knowledge gained will be worth the risk, as well as what we can hope to learn for longer manned missions.

Carbide Tipped Pens and New Frontiers for Hard SF

Eric Choi, Leah Petersen, Kate Story

April 5, 2014, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Oakridges)

As science marches ever onward and our knowledge of the Universe expands, astounding new avenues for storytelling present themselves.  Carbide Tipped Pens is an upcoming hard SF anthology, edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi.  Come meet the co-editors and some of the authors, plus get a sneak preview of this exciting new collection, all in one thrilling panel.

Eric Choi Reading

April 6, 2014, 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm (Oakridges)

Science!

Eric Choi, James Alan Gardner, Julie Czerneda, Eric Briggs

April 6, 2014, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Markham A)

Come to this audience-driven panel to have all your burning science questions answered by our panel of experts.  This year, areas of specialty include astronomy, neuroscience, astrophysics and biology.

Where Should Star Trek Boldly Go Next?

David Engkent, Eric Choi, Marah Searle-Kovacevic, Sarah WaterRaven

April 6, 2014, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Newmarket)

While Star Trek has experienced a massive surge in popularity following the release of the J.J. Abrams movies, it has yet to make a triumph return to the small screen.  Should it?  And what might this look like?  Should it be the adventures of an all new crew following Voyager or should it exist in the new universe created by Abrams?  This is a chance to brainstorm and let your imagination run wild.

The full programming schedule for Ad Astra 2014 can be found here.

Far Orbit Cover Unveiling and Giveaway

far-orbit-cover-wrap-aroundWorld Weaver Press has unveiled the full cover art for Bascomb James’ upcoming anthology Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures in which my short story “From a Stone” will appear.  Thank you so much to Julie Czerneda for the wonderful blurb!

You can win a free advance paperback of Far Orbit by sharing the World Weaver post.  Tweeting the post with the tag @WorldWeaver_wwp will automatically enter you into the draw.  If you repost or share on other social media sites, leave a comment on the World Weaver site that includes the link to your post and a way for them to contact you.  Entry into the giveaway ends February 28, 2014.  Please note that the winner must have a U.S., Canadian or U.K. snail mail address.

For astronomy fans out there, the Far Orbit cover features a composite image of Cepheus B, a star-forming region about 2,400 light years from Earth, based on x-ray and infrared data from NASA’s Chandra Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope, respectively.

Far Orbit will be officially released in April.

“Daring adventure, protagonists who think on their feet, and out of this world excitement!  Welcome to Far Orbit, a fine collection of stories in the best SF tradition.  Strap in and enjoy!” – Julie E. Czerneda, author of the Species Imperative trilogy