Book Lectures, Signing and Panels Discussions

The Authors Track of the ISDC 2011 includes two panel discussions and a presentation session. The authors have a broad range of experience with government and private space activities, technology development, and the possibilities for future space activities.

Books will be available for purchase at the conference.

Space For Today authors' panel will address Earthbound issues through opportunities in space. Thought provoking discussions such as:

Space For Today: Addressing Earthbound Issues through Opportunities in Space focuses on developing a sustainable goal for near-term space activities, the roles of the government and private enterprise, and integrating space development into our way of life. The general question for the panelists is: How can space activities address today's needs of society? Topics to be considered include how technological advances and the increasing capabilities of private enterprise will enable greater activity in space, providing opportunities to address the challenges we are facing today.

This panel is scheduled for Thurday, May 19, 2011, 7:30 pm, at the Embassy Suite Ballroom, starting after the ISDC Dinner Reception with Rick Tumlinson. The moderator for the panel is Ralph Petroff. The event is free and open to the general public.

Participating Authors:

David Hitt, Ed Buckbee, John Hickman, Travis Taylor, Marianne Dyson, Loretta Hall, and Owen Garriott [Invited]


The Next 100 Years of Space Activities considers the challenges of becoming a space-faring civilization, focusing on space activities throughout the 21st century. The general question for this panel is: What can we expect over the next 100 years of space development? Issues such as the main hurdles to advancing into space and approaches to crossing them, cooperation vs. competition between countries, and the roles for government and private enterprise as we venture further into space will be considered by this panel.

This panel is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2011, 11:00 am, at the Von Braun Center East Hall #2. The event is free and open to the general public.

Participating Authors:

Les Johnson, Robert Zubrin, Rick Tumlinson, Pat Duggins, Neda Ansari, Stephen Johnson, and Stephanie Osborn

The following events are free and open to the general public.

Dr. John M. Logsdon. Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 4 pm.
Von Braun Center East Hall #2.

Book Authors Lectures and Book Signing

The presentation session (Saturday afternoon, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Von Braun Center East Hall #2) will provide each author about 15 minutes to present their key ideas, followed by a question and answer period and book signing. Authors who will be presenting include: Marianne Dyson, Ed Buckbee, David Hitt, Pat Duggins, Robert Zubrin, Neda Ansari, Les Johnson, Loretta Hall, Stephen Johnson, Paul Wieland, and Stephanie Osborn. The schedule of presentations on Saturday afternoon will be posted and available by the beginning of the conference.

Confirmed and Invited Authors


Neda AnsariNeda Ansari
Spatial Politics: A collection of Poems Inspiring Politicians and Others via Science
Ed BuckbeeEd Buckbee
The Rocket Man: Wernher von Braun; The Real Space Cowboys; 50 Years of Spacecraft & Rockets
Pat DugginsPat Duggins
Trailblazing Mars
Marianne DysonMarianne Dyson
Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier; Space Station Science: Life in Freefall; Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade
Loretta HallLoretta Hall
Out of this World: New Mexico & Space Travel
James HansenJames R. Hansen [Invited]
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong; Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
John HickmanJohn Hickman
Reopening the Space Frontier
David HittDavid Hitt
Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story
Les JohnsonLes Johnson
Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth; Back to the Moon
Stephen JohnsonStephen B. Johnson
The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs; Space Exploration and Humanity: A Historical Encyclopedia
John LogsdonJohn Logsdon
Together in Orbit: The Origins of International Cooperation in the Space Station; John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon; Exploring the Unknown
Stephanie OsbornStephanie Osborn
Retired Rocket Scientist Turned Science Fiction Mystery Author: Burnout, Extraction Point!, The Cresperian Alliance
Travis TaylorTravis Taylor
Back to the Moon; Planetary Defense Against Extra Terrestrial
Rick-TumlinsonRick Tumlinson[Invited]
Return to the Moon
Paul WielandPaul Wieland
Crossing the Threshold: Advancing into Space to Benefit the Earth; veteran NASA engineer.
Bob ZubrinRobert Zubrin
The Case for Mars; Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror By Breaking Free of Oil


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