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Post MidAmericon II Attendance
I will be attending this year in KC and the Society is planning on having some RAH-related events at the convention (still in the planning stages) as well as travelling to Jefferson City to formally install the bust of RAH in its "Hall of Famous Missourians".

Will any of you be attending? Please be sure to say "hello" if you see me and be kind if I don't immediately make a connection to the NexusForum. ;)

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Post Re: MidAmericon II Attendance
I'll be there. I wonder if Keith Kato will attend -- I've always managed to have scheduling conflicts and only saw him briefly. The KC con is doing a party area very much like London did. Maybe this time I will look around. In London I was too busy being a tourist to do more than drop in and say hello.


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I believe the entire Society board will be in attendance, Keith most definitely included. We will be doing a blood drive (I think it's scheduled for three days now) and will have a fan table and some sort of exhibit of Heinlein's things. We're also premiering the Heinlein bust that will be installed after the con at the MO statehouse. I don't know how any of these things will actually be scheduled yet! :)

Ask at the table about other activities, Tina (and any other readers of this board that will be in attendance).

Should be a fun time. Are you doing major volunteering for the con, Tina?


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I see there are a couple of Heinlein papers in Midamericon's academic track. (I don't know whether they've published this schedule yet, but as a participant, I've been sent a draft.)

On Thursday, 18 August from 10 AM to 10:50, a two-paper session called "Heinlein: Investigating His Place in History" is currently scheduled.

"Heinlein and Campbell: The Collaboration" by Marie Guthrie

"Robert A. Heinlein Revisited" by Bradford Lyau

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I myself am not doing anything Heinlein-related, but I will be giving an academic-track talk, scheduled for later Thursday at 1 PM (but I'm the second guy up, so I may not start until 1:20 or so):
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The Search for Saar: Looking Back at Hal Clement's Iceworld with 21st-Century Science

Some scientific aspects of Hal Clement's 1951 novel Iceworld are notable 65 years later. First, in detail unusual for SF of its time, Iceworld explores a planet with remotely-operated spacecraft, anticipating the methods of the coming Space Age. Second, in 1951 not one exoplanet was known. Clement would live to see an abundance of new planets circling distant stars. Furthermore, rather than seeking Earth-like planets, one may search for worlds Clement's sulfur-breathing aliens might inhabit comfortably. The planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has identified at least one planet, Kepler 42c, where conditions approximate those of the imaginary world Saar.
I'm also hoping to give a planetary science talk, but its present slot doesn't fit my travel plans, so it may have to be rescheduled or canceled.
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Playback from Pluto

There's a treasure at the edge of the Solar System, a data recorder aboard the New Horizons spacecraft, sending Earth several gigabytes acquired during last summer's flyby of Pluto. The excitement of the initial encounter still lingers. Downlinks in recent months continue to illuminate the mysteries of Pluto, and 2019 brings us all new data. What will we learn?
I'm on a few more panels, and on Saturday I will be joining the witty and erudite Jordin Kare for something you might describe as scientific comedy. The Reactor Brothers Ride Again!
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Saturday 16:00 - 17:00, 3501H (Kansas City Convention Center)

In this humorous ad-lib chat, Jordin Kare and Bill Higgins diagnose people's spaceship (and other SF) problems in the style of "Car Talk".
Beware: schedules are subject to change.

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Sigh. Wish I could go.


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Post Re: MidAmericon II Attendance
JusTin wrote:
I believe the entire Society board will be in attendance, Keith most definitely included. We will be doing a blood drive (I think it's scheduled for three days now) and will have a fan table and some sort of exhibit of Heinlein's things. We're also premiering the Heinlein bust that will be installed after the con at the MO statehouse. I don't know how any of these things will actually be scheduled yet! :)

Ask at the table about other activities, Tina (and any other readers of this board that will be in attendance).

Should be a fun time. Are you doing major volunteering for the con, Tina?


I'll be sure to look in on the table. No one has ever contacted me about the things I volunteered for, so I assume I'll be as fancy-free as I was at my first MidAmeriCon. There are definitely worse things. After John passed away I cut way down on my activities, so I've been out of the loop for most of this convention's planning. I'm supposed to do the proofreading on the anthology that is coming out, but that's my only firm job.


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