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Thursday, May 16
 

5:00pm

It's a Dog, Not a Robot: service dogs in practice
Service dogs can make a life-changing difference for people living with disabilities. The idea that most people have is of the seeing-eye dog, but service dogs can do so much more. Stability dogs. PTSD dogs. Seizure dogs. These working dogs are astounding. At the same time, they are dogs, not robots. You probably know that you shouldn't touch them. Did you know that you also should not make eye contact or speak to them. Our panelists all have direct experience with service dogs and will discuss what living and working with a dog is like

Speakers
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →
avatar for Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
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Jordan Kurella

Writer
Jordan Kurella is a fiction author whose stories have been featured in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, and Strange Horizons. They are bisexual and disabled from a straight flush of mental health disorders. Jordan lives in Ohio with their partner and their service dog.


Thursday May 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
G/H Salon
 
Friday, May 17
 

2:00pm

The Why and How of Accessibility Guidelines
People with disabilities used to be hidden away as a matter of course. Buildings were not built to be accommodating and that excluded people from participating fully in society. That began to change with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he had to travel with a portable ramp. It took another sixty years to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the 21st century, people still fight for access. The goal of The Accessibility Checklist for SFWA Spaces is full accessibility to all participants, attendees, and guests of SFWA events such as the Nebula Conference. Our panelists give examples of the experiences that drove it, discuss the importance of its creation, and how it’s being used by SFWA and convention-runners all around the country. As we move forward, what should the future of accessibility look like?

Moderators
avatar for Lee Martindale

Lee Martindale

Writer, SFWA
As a writer, Lee Martindale's short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and can now be found in the collection BARD’S ROAD. As an anthologist, she edited the groundbreaking SUCH A PRETTY FACE and THE LADIES OF TRADE TOWN. Lee is a Lifetime Active Member, a member of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
avatar for Michael Damian Thomas

Michael Damian Thomas

Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Uncanny Magazine
Michael Damian Thomas is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of 2016 Hugo Award finalist Uncanny Magazine with Lynne M. Thomas. He was a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian... Read More →

Finalists

Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
C/D Salon
 
Saturday, May 18
 

10:00am

Failure State
Failure State: From the Tacoma Narrows bridge to Challenger, failures are made of incremental steps. NASA talks about "lessons learned" as a way to examine failure states and then move forward. It acknowledges that when making strides, we also make missteps. Without learning from them, those same processes will continue to be tripping points. In this panel, we'll talk about specific engineering failures and look at how the lessons learned from those can apply to other work.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Eichorn

Shannon Eichorn

Author, Astra Invicta
Aerospace engineer by day, contemporary space opera writer by night. Shannon Eichorn double majored in aerospace and mechanical engineering and has since written service instructions for jet engines, been a test engineer at supersonic wind tunnels, and managed aerospace ground testing... Read More →
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Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.
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Bobak Ferdowsi

Space Explorer
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Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut, NASA
Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
C/D Salon
 
Sunday, May 19
 

10:00am

Jewish vs. Israeli Sf
Jewish and Israeli SF — shared worlds or alternate dimensions? American-Jewish writers who take up Jewish themes inhabit a universe and share sensitivities that are worlds apart from those those of their Israeli confrères. This proposed panel, featuring Sheldon Teitelbaum, Harry Turtledove, Rachel Swirsky and others, will map out both shared and divergent sensibilities  

Moderators
avatar for Margaret Dunlap

Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove

Guest of Honor: Harry Turtledove is one of Gaslight Gathering Guests of Honor. Harry Norman Turtledove was born in Los Angeles, CA on 14 June 1949. After failing out of his freshman year at Caltech, he attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977. His dissertation... Read More →
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Sheldon Teitelbaum

Editor, Zion's Fiction LLC
Co-editor, 'Zion's Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature.' Former member, editorial board, Fantasia 2000. Published genre-related work in The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Report, The Los Angeles Times, Foundation, SF Eye, Wired and elsewhere. Completing 'More Zion's... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
I/J Salon

10:00am

We Have Always Been Here
Women have been part of our genres from the beginning, but many have been allowed to fade into obscurity, or haven't been given their due. Our panel discusses which authors we should still be reading, and who might have become SFWA Grand Masters if they had been born or publishing in another time, from Leigh Brackett to Miriam Allen DeFord to Vonda McIntyre.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Gunn

Eileen Gunn

Writer/Editor
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer. She is currently working on a novel about race and gender, set in 19th-century America. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
A/B Salon