Joseph E. Meany, Ph.D., (a.k.a. the Crimson Alkemist) is a material scientist from Atlanta, GA. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama in 2016 and continues to work and volunteer in various science communication venues with a focus on how chemistry and nanotechnology impact society. He is a member and contributor to the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop and the Tau Zero Foundation, promoting the development of new materials to solve challenges facing humans in earth and space. His first book, with co-author Les Johnson, called Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin and Superversatile Material that will Revolutionize the World was released in February 2018 by Prometheus Books. You can find it at tiny.cc/graphenebook.
Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Joseph Meany
Name of Event
Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW)
Les Johnson moderates this panel about TVIW. The latest TVIW Symposiums will be discussed along with the upcoming Wichita event.
Since July 2016 Jeff Greason has served as chairman of the Board of the Tau Zero Foundation, a non-profit developing advanced propulsion technologies with relevance to both advanced near-term missions and long-term potential for interstellar probes. The Tau Zero Foundation is also laying out options to U.S. policy makers for very frequent, small payload, unconventional launch strategies to enable affordable space strategies such as boost-phase missile defense.
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.
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.
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.)