We talk about The Expanse and the merits of hard sci-fi with scientist and sci-fi writer Catherine Asaro, rocket scientist Jack Clemons, and Baltimore skeptic Bruce Press.
Catherine Asaro has written more than 25 books in science fiction, fantasy, and near-future thrillers. She earned her doctorate in chemical physics and master’s in physics, both at Harvard. Her works The Quantum Rose and The Spacetime Pool are both Nebula® Award winners. Among her other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog Magazine and the RT BOOKClub Award for “Best Science Fiction Novel.” Her most recent books are Undercity (Baen) and Lighting Strike, Book II. Her latest book, The Bronzed Skies, came out from Baen in 2016. A former ballet and jazz dancer, Catherine has performed on both coasts and in Ohio. As a musician, she performs at various cons and jazz clubs. She has appeared at cons and other venues as a Guest of Honor or author guest in the US and abroad.
Jack Clemons is a former Lockheed Martin engineering executive and a degreed “rocket scientist”. He was an engineer and team leader on NASA's Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs. He has given talks across the Mid-Atlantic region on the Apollo Moon Program, on the design and first flights of the NASA Space Shuttle, and on the subject of Why Science Matters. He also appeared in the "Command Module" segment of "Moon Machines," the Discovery Science Channel's award-winning six-part documentary about the Apollo Program. He’s a published science fiction author and a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and he writes a space and science column for the new Amazing Stories Magazine print edition. His works of fiction have earned him an Established Artist Fellowship for Literary Fiction by the Delaware Division of the Arts. "Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home", his book about his time on the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, will be released this September.
Bruce Press spent 30 years as a Computer Engineer and regrets none of it. Except for all the time he didn't spend as a photographer. He is a husband to one and a father to many (or so it seems). When he is not creating images or video, he is working to promote science, critical thinking, podcasts and the idea that everyone on this planet will be equally screwed if we don't pull it together.