Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

Boskone Schedule

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As some of you may know I’m the science guest at this year’s Boskone – my first guest spot at any convention.

The programme just got finalised (pending last minute changes) and this is where you’ll be able to find me:

Losing True Dark

Friday 16:00 – 16:50, Harbor III (Westin)

With the growth of modern cities, the star-swept sky is vanishing, hidden behind the ever-spreading glare of nighttime light pollution. Has the absence of true dark skewed the impact of the nighttime skies? If so, how might this alter the human imagination? What does it mean for our outlook on the supernatural, our observation of outer space, or even our basic desire to discover what lies beyond our own planet? Has this changed our perception of humanity’s place within The Universe?

David L. Clements (M), James Cambias, James Patrick Kelly, Donna L. Young, Guy Consolmagno

Tall Technical Tales

Friday 18:00 – 18:50, Harbor I (Westin)

What stories do scientists tell when they’ve inhaled too much ethanol? Could they involve exploding particle accelerators or “oops” moments with virulent viruses? Perhaps they’ll explain why you should never operate a centrifuge while under the influence. Find out when our panel of loose-lipped lab rats tells true stories about their work. Oh, and bring your own nerdy narratives for our open mic.

David L. Clements, Guy Consolmagno, Jordin T. Kare, Joan Slonczewski

Opening Ceremony: Meet the Guests

Friday 20:00 – 20:25, Galleria-Stage (Westin)

Welcome to Boskone, New England’s longest-running convention for science fiction, fantasy, and horror! Whether you are attending for the first time or the fifty-second, we invite you to join us in the Galleria to meet this year’s guests.

Boskone 52 Reception

Friday 20:30 – 22:00, Galleria-Stage (Westin)

Connoisseurs and philistines alike: welcome to the Boskone Art Show! Join us in the Galleria for an upscale social mixer. Meet our program participants while enjoying refreshments, stimulating conversation, and exceptional art that is a feast for the eyes. Experience the music and the festivities as Boskone celebrates another year of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in Boston.

Reading: David L. Clements

Saturday 11:00 – 11:25, Griffin (Westin)

David L. Clements

Spaceships, Battles, and Zero Gravity

Saturday 13:00 – 13:50, Burroughs (Westin)

Don’t you love those incredible space war battles? All of those big explosions, etc.? But how realistic are they? For instance, how come the participants all seem to share the same sense of up and down in space? Scientists and authors team up to critique some blockbuster scenes from page and screen. Let’s determine the physical requirements, risks, and realities of what would happen when two spaceships duel between planets or raging armadas battle it out beyond the stars.

Allen M. Steele, David L. Clements, Janet Catherine Johnston, Frank Wu

Daring Outer Space Rescues

Saturday 15:00 – 15:50, Marina 3 (Westin)

Spaceflight has long been one of humanity’s dreams. We have sent people into space for decades to build space stations and to conduct research. Now with Space X and possible plans for a moon base, what happens when a spacecraft breaks down in outer space, or some system has a catastrophic failure? Real-world solutions are possible, but what would it take to pull off a rescue mission? What happens if we can’t pull it off?

Jeff Hecht, David L. Clements, Allen M. Steele, Donna L. Young

Autographing: David L. Clements, Debra Doyle, James Macdonald, Allen Steele

Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

Kaffeeklatsch: David Clements

Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1 (Westin)

David L. Clements

The Herschel Project

Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Burroughs (Westin)

The Herschel Space Observatory (launched 2009) was one of the European Space Agency’s flagship missions. The spacecraft, which featured a 3.5m diameter far-infrared telescope, was sent to the second Lagrange point. Over its almost 4-year lifespan, it observed both objects in our solar system and targets in the most distant galaxies known. David L Clements began working on Herschel in 2001, and has been a leading member of some of the largest projects using this spacecraft. He will discuss the science and technology of the mission, and present results on topics ranging from star formation to the origin of galaxies.

David L. Clements

The Year in Physics and Astronomy

Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Marina 4 (Westin)

An annual roundup of the latest research and discoveries in physics and astronomy. Our experts will talk about what’s new and interesting, cutting-edge and speculative: the Higgs boson, solar and extrasolar planets, dark energy, and much more besides.

Jeff Hecht, Guy Consolmagno, Mark L. Olson, David L. Clements


Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

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