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July 10-12, 2015
Radisson Hotel, High Point, NC 
www.con-gregate.com 

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Sunday, July 12 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Engineering By Government Bureaucracy

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Stormtroopers can't hit anything, the Death Star had a monumental weakness.  Our panelists explain why these things happen with an eye toward 'real-life" situations and problems.

Audience members can jump in with possible problems that need explanations. 


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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →

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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →
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Stephen J. Simmons

Literary Guest
Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits.  After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats.  He has some short stories... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

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