Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). Assignments at the USNRC include reactor inspector, inspection team leader, safety analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different Presidential-appointed different USNRC Commissioners while earning the agency’s Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.
Duties of those policy-level posts included substantial research into alternative and speculative energy sources, as well as energy forecasts. Some of those other sources were coal, oil, hydro, geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter.
Coauthor of Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) paper, "Ecological Engineering Considerations for ISU's Worldship Project." Baen Books (baen.com) has published five of his non-fiction articles:
- "Our Worldship Broke!"
- "Case Studies in Handwavium"
- "From Corvus to Keyhole -- Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction"
- "Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction"
- "Grid Wars: Innovation, Feuds, Rivalry, and Revenge in the Never-ending Battle to Electrify America and the Planet"
Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Jim Beall
Name of Event
Homo Stellaris: Becoming the People of the Stars
What will humans become as we begin to develop an interplanetary and interstellar society? Join Editors Les Johnson and Rob Hampson and their contributing authors to the upcoming fiction/nonfiction anthology "Homo Stellaris" for a discussion of potential changes to human society, psychology, biology and genetics in support of interstellar exploration and colonization.
Jim Beall regales us with "Tales from the Grid" - Traces America's electrification, including inventions, feuds, rivalries, and revenge from Edison to today, and from P. T. Barnum's mighty elephant to California's threatening duck, with over 50 slides and videos.
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.