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100 Year Starship Celebrates Science Fiction in Silicon Valley and Will Announce the Winners of the Canopus Awards

100 Year Starship 100year2is a global initiative led by former astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison that supports developing technologies that will make space travel beyond our solar system possible within the next 100 years, and they’ve announced the 100YSS Public Symposium 2015. Many science fiction authors will be giving presentations, and the Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing will be announced.

See the press release below for more details on how to register and attend the symposium.

Science fiction frequently leads to science fact. In fact, the extremes of scientific discovery today fuel the imaginations and possibilities for science fiction writers who catapult them into our collective realm of possibility with their stories.

That will certainly be the vibe at Science Fiction Stories Night, part of 100 Year Starship’s annual public symposium which is touching down in Silicon Valley at the Santa Clara Marriott over Halloween weekend, October 29-November 1.

100 Year Starship® (100YSS®) is the independent, long-term global initiative led by former astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison that is involving everyone and anyone who is interested in developing and designing the next gen space technologies that will make human travel beyond our solar system possible within the next 100 years.

100YSS is looking at innovations in virtually every aspect of interstellar space travel, pushing radical leaps in the fields of textiles and fashion- sustainable, biometric and advanced clothing and materials– habitat, vehicle, product design, big data in support of human health and radio astronomy, investment vehicles for long-term returns and achieving relativistic velocities.

Dr. Jemison has always believed science fiction is one key to space travel.

“Imagination, varied perspectives and a well told story are critical to advancing civilizations. In particular, beginning with the simple question ‘What if?’ pushes us to look beyond the world in front of us and to envision what could be, ought to be and other realities,” said Dr. Jemison. “Both science fiction and exploratory non-fiction have inspired discovery, invention, policy, technology and exploration that has transformed our world.”

So on Halloween eve, award-winning authors and social and physical science experts will gather to discuss the vision and wizardry involved in the craft of science fiction writing. Among them are Nebula Award winner Pat Murphy (The Falling Woman, Bones, and Points of Departure); Juliette Wade (short fiction published in Analog Magazine and Clarkesworld); Brenda Cooper (Edge of Dark and Beyond the Waterfall Door); and, Jacob Weisman, publisher of Tachyon (titles have won the Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, Mythopoeic and World Fantasy Awards).

They also will be on hand for the big reveal when the winners of the first annual Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing™ are announced that evening. The Canopus Awards recognize and highlight the importance of great storytelling to propel the Interstellar movement. Winners will be named in the categories of “Previously Published Long-Form Fiction;” “Previously Published Short-Form Fiction;” “Original Fiction;” and, “Original Non-Fiction.”

The award is named for the second brightest star in the night sky, Canopus, which connects humanity’s past, present and future through fact and fantasy. Over the millennia Canopus not only heralded planting seasons in the Rift Valley, but was a major navigation star for everyone from the Bedouin of the Sinai and the Maori of New Zealand to deep space probes like Voyager. Just as Canopus has helped explorers find their way for centuries, great writing —telling a story well ––is a guidepost for current and future interstellar achievement.

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About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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