As part of the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled to take place at the University of California Irvine (
The four scheduled participants, all award-winning writers, include: ), a panel discussion involving four major science fiction authors has been organized to examine the human future in space and the role science fiction plays in its planning and direction.
- Gregory Benford, a science fiction author, professor emeritus at UC Irvine in the field of physics and contributing editor to Reason magazine,
- David Brin, an author of science fiction and non-fiction and a member of NASA’s advisory board on Innovative and Advanced Concepts group,
- Jerry Pournelle, a science fiction writer, essayist and journalist, as well as former President of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America,
- Larry Niven, a science fiction author and script writer for several science fiction-based television series.
“This is going to be a gathering of some of the greatest contemporary science fiction writers of our time to discuss how humanity will plan and reach its goal of exploring and expanding into the solar system and beyond, ” declared Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin.
For more details about the 2017 Mars Society Convention, including the confirmed speaker list, please visit our web site (www.marssociety.org). Registration for the four-day convention and evening banquet is available online (please note that discounts for early bird ticket sales end on ).evening, on the UC Irvine campus.