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)
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.