Robert E. Hampson

Robert E. Hampson

     Scientist / Author

Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science ranges from understanding human memory, to trying to develop prosthetics for the brain. His nonfiction writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to TV/movie diseases, and from fictional depictions of real science to living in space. His recent forays into short fiction have been published in the Four Horsemen Universe (The Good, The Bad and the Merc & Tales from the Lyon's Den - Chris Kennedy Publ.), the Black Tide Rising universe (Black Tide Rising and Voices of the Fall - Baen), in Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), the TRADOC Mad Science Writing contest (Small Wars Journal), and is co-editor (with Les Johnson) of the mixed science and fiction anthology Homo Stellaris (Baen).

Dr. Hampson is a Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology and Neurology with over 35 years' experience in animal and human neuroscience. His professional work includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles ranging from the pharmacology of memory to the effects of radiation on the brain. He is also leading a multi-institutional clinical research effort to develop a "neural prosthetic" to restore human memory following damage due to aging, injury or disease - the first such device to operate using actual neural codes for information derived from a patient's own brain activity.

With more than two million words in scientific writing alone, communicating science to professionals and lay audiences is his greatest interest. He is known to many by his former pen-name "Tedd Roberts" or his internet handle "Speaker to Lab Animals," having given public talks on science, science fiction (and the science in science fiction) to professors, students and civic groups, government agencies as well as SF/F conventions. He is available as a subject matter expert via the Science and Entertainment Exchange - a service of the National Academy of Sciences - and as an author through his websites: and

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Robert E. Hampson

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 01:00PM Luck is Not a Factor: More Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe

Chris Kennedy moderates Luck is Not a Factor: More Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe. The 4 Horseman Roundtable: Readings, Q&A, Discussion, followed by a  Mass Autograph Session

Fri 02:30PM The 4 Horseman RT Mass Autograph Session

Chris Kennedy moderates The 4 Horseman Roundtable Mass Autograph Session

Fri 04:00PM Ask A Scientist - Kids Edition

Dr. Robert E. Hampson moderates this Q&A for kids across a broad array of sciences.

Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff and listen to our Guests of Honor speak!

CC: Meeting Rooms 4 & 5
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Reading: Robert Hampson & Chris Woods

Come and hear Dr. Robert Hampson  read passages from his works!

M: Lookout Mountain Room
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM Fireside Chats: 3 Short Science Talks on Brain Science

Robert E. Hampson, Brent Roeder and Nik Rao are clinical scientists studying learning & memory, prosthetics, brain imaging and psychiatry.  They will give short talks from their area of expertise discussing current medical efforts to understand the human brain and keep it healthy.

CC: Meeting Rooms 9 & 10
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Autograph Session (Coe/Jackson, Hampson, Kratman, Lewis, McKeown)

Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)

Dealer's Room (M: Plaza A/B/C Ballroom)
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Baen Traveling Roadshow and Prize Patrol

Toni Weisskopf will be running the crowd through the best of what's going on in the Baen universe. (And there will be giveaways!)

Sat 05:00PM From Pinplants to the Terminal Man: Can Science Build the Better Humans Envisioned by SF?

Brain implants are a common feature of Science Fiction.  Science is rapidly catching up with Science Fiction in developing computer interfaces, connection with robotic limbs, and the means to treat disorders of the brain. Science Fiction still holds the high ground with respect to downloading  memories and developing hybrid human-computer AIs and cyborgs; but Science is closing in with prosthetics and transcranial stimulation to treat a number of disorders.  What is fact?  What is (still) fiction? Where can science and science fiction go from here? Dr. Robert Hampson moderates.

Sat 09:00PM Seventh Seal Press & Rob Howell present the Chris Kennedy Publishing combined Room Party and Book Launch for Alabaster Noon

Seventh Seal Press & Rob Howell present the Chris Kennedy Publishing combined Room Party and Book Launch for Alabaster Noon, the final book in The Omega War series.

Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable

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.

Sun 12:00PM SIGMA, Futurism and Science Fiction

Dr. Arlan Andrews, the Director of SIGMA, the Science Fiction Think Tank that consults for the USG, will moderate this panel with other members of SIGMA on what they do and how science fiction informs futurism

CC: Meeting Room 6
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM Voices of The Fall Roundtable - The Black Tide Rising Anthology Continues

Come join John Ringo and his motley crew of authors for their roundtable on the next installment of the Black Tide Rising anthology. Will be followed by a mass autograph session. Gary Poole, Mod.

Sun 02:30PM Voices of The Fall Mass Autograph Session

Mass Autograph Session immediately following the Voices of the Fall Roundtable. The Black Tide Rising Anthology Continues

You might also be interested in these...

The Good, the Bad, and the Merc: Even More Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe

Tales from the Lyon's Den

Freehold Resistance

Voices of the Fall

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