Geoffrey A. Landis is a scientist and a science fiction writer. As a scientist, he is researcher working at the NASA John Glenn Research Center. He works on projects related to advanced power and propulsion systems for space and planetary exploration. He is currently a member of the science team for the Mars Exploration rovers mission, and was a member of the Sojourner rover team on the Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997. For 2005 and 2006, he was the Ronald E. McNair Visiting Professor of Astronautics at MIT. He holds four patents, and is the author of 400 scientific papers. As a writer, Geoffrey Landis won the Hugo award for best short story in 1992 for the story "A Walk in the Sun," and again in 2003 for the story "Falling onto Mars." He won the Nebula award in 1990 for "Ripples in the Dirac Sea". His novel MARS CROSSING from Tor books won the Locus award for best first novel in 2001. It appeared in Japanese in 2006. His many science fiction stories has been translated into nineteen languages, ranging from Chinese through Turkish. His short story collection IMPACT PARAMETER (AND OTHER QUANTUM REALITIES) was published by Golden Gryphon Books. It was named as a notable book of 2001 by Publisher's Weekly. It will appear in Japanese next year. He lives in Berea, Ohio with his wife, writer Mary A. Turzillo, and his cats Lurker and Sam.
Recently published - The Japanese translation of my novel Mars Crossing came out from Hayakawa in 2006. My short story collection Impact Parameter will appear in Japanese next year.
|Thu||1600||Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis||In the early 20th century, Sapir and Whorf hypothesized the nature of a particular language influences the thought patterns of its speakers. This concept is pervasive in western thought. Has research proven or disproven this, and is the concept a useful tool or a dead end?||Geoffrey A. LANDIS, Jean LORRAH, Lawrence M. SCHOEN|
|Fri||1200||Slideshow about the Mars Exploration Rovers mission.||Geoffrey A. LANDIS|
|Fri||1600||The Tech Savvy Criminal||What tools, techniques and technologies would be required today for someone to break the law and evade detection or capture? What will CSI: Mons Olympus need to keep up? This panel is for discussion purpose only, and is not intended to be a handy dandy guide to our criminal elements...||Cory DOCTOROW, Geoffrey A. LANDIS, Patricia MACEWEN|
|Sat||1000||Readings||Geoffrey A. LANDIS|
|Sat||1200||Autographs||Geoffrey A. LANDIS|
|Sat||1400||Alien Sexuality||Alien sex is frequently depicted as being the same as human sex with differences in superficial biology. What if the Venerians are not just us with bad haircuts and bigger ... ears? How would aliens enjoy sex? Is it necessary to enjoy it? For all 2 to the x partners.||Amy THOMSON, Anne HARRIS, Geoffrey A. LANDIS, Pat CADIGAN|
|Sun||1000||Kaffeeklatsche||Geoffrey A. LANDIS|
|Sun||1200||Design a Truly Alien Alien||In science fiction aliens resemble humans with rubber face masks, inspired by rare terrestrial life-forms. Their behaviors, while extreme, are familiar (like Crazy uncle Ted). Is it alien if it is familiar? The panelists will be asked to conceive of the most inhuman, least earthly aliens possible.||Amy THOMSON, Geoffrey A. LANDIS, Lawrence M. SCHOEN, Patricia MACEWEN|
|Mon||1100||Exploring Mars: The Inside Story||When SF explores Mars, it is done by military spacecraft or eccentric scientists in secret. Why is the reality so very different? What are the years of preparation, team building, and ideas like? Can the individual participate and make a difference? Is it as fun and exciting as the fiction?||Geoffrey A. LANDIS, G. David NORDLEY, Mary TURZILLO|