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Will you be at Dragon*Con (August 30-September 2 2013)?  Well, we will!  Here is your chance to meet Doctor Geek, Claire and possibly a Creature or two from Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom.  This year, in addition to the fan favoriteArchaeology of Stargate panel, the lab staff will have not one but two panels devoted to Doctor Geek’s Lab!

 

 

 

So where will we be during the con?  Good question! For those with access to the official Dragon*Con App, look for Dr. Scott Viguie (Doctor Geek) and Debbie Viguie (Claire) for everyone else going app free Doctor Geek’s schedule is below.

Make sure to stop by and get your copy of Archaeology in Fiction signed at the autograph session Sunday 05:30 pm Location: International Hall South.

Title: Happiest Space Off Earth: Disney-fied Sci-Fi

Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1)

Description: Many moons before Disney bought Marvel and Star Wars, they were all about geeky movies, from Dragonslayer to Black Hole.

 

Title: Voyagers! Time Travel in Sci-Fi TV

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1)

Description: Doctors are not the only timey-wimey travelers. A look at sliders, leapers, and the multifaceted genius of Meeno Peluce.

Title: Development of the SGC Through the Years

Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: International FGH – Westin (Length: 1)

Moderator / MC for panel

Description: Explore the changing role of StarGate Command throughout the 17 seasons of Stargate.

Title: The IT Crowd: “Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again?”

Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1)

Description: From idiot complaint calls to geek awkwardness, this IT Department brings hilarity to us all.

Title: Six Million Dollar Fans

Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1)

Description: From bionics to Bigfoot, celebrate the slow-motion superheroes.

Title: Practical Time Travel

Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Augusta 3 – Westin (Length: 1)

Description: This panel discusses the science and real theories behind time travel, followed by a survey of time travel used in speculative fiction and media.

Title: Dr. Geek’s Laboratory Live! Podcast

Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: International FGH – Westin (Length: 1)

Moderator / MC for panel

Description: Dr. Geek has been called this generation’s Mr. Wizard. See why in this live podcast.

Title: Manimal: 30th Anniversary Super-spectacular

Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1)

Description: A British guy turned into a panther and a hawk for eight episodes in 1983, and it was just the best.

Title: Rock Me, Dr. Zaius: 45 Years on Planet of the Apes

Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1)

Description: We do not hate every ape we see. Visit the madhouse (the madhouse!) from book to comics to movies to TV and back.

Title: Archaeology of Stargate

Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: International FGH – Westin (Length: 1)

Moderator / MC for panel

Description: Dig deeper with Doctor Geek into the science behind Daniel Jackson’s miraculous discoveries.

Title: Doctor Geek’s Lab Presents Science from Fiction!

Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: 202 – Hilton (Length: 1)

Description: It’s the 21st Century; where the @#$* are my flying car, robot butler, and ticket to the moon?

Title: Autograph Sessions

Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1)

Title: Red Dwarf X

Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1)

Description: The Red Dwarf Crew returns with a talk on the new series Red Dwarf X and how it stacks up to the classic series.

Title: Brit Fans on the Net: A Podcast Round Table

Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1)

Description: Brit Podcasters unite to discuss being an Anglophile on the net.

We must be on to something.  No sooner did we start our investigation into robot companions, than Japan launched the world’s first talking robot into space to serve as
companion to astronaut Kochi Wakata who will begin his mission in November.

Measuring 34cm (13 inches), Kirobo arrived at the ISS on August 9th.  Kirobo is part of a study to see how machines can lend emotional support to people isolated over long periods. Kirobo has been programmed to communicate in Japanese and keep records of its  conversations with Mr Wakata who will take over as commander of the ISS later this year.In addition, it is expected to relay messages from the control room to the astronaut.

Kirobo’s name derives from the Japanese words for “hope” and “robot”. The small android weighs about 1kg (2.2 pounds) and has a wide range of physical motion. As if this was not cool enough, looks like someone is applying their geekdom. Kirobo’s design was inspired by the legendary animation character Astro Boy. 

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I am proud to announce the premier of the second season of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom.  In Episode 7 (S2E1), the investigation into Our Companion the Robot begins.  Will robots ever become third in command of a starship? Or will they snap and become our robot overlords?

Why is Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom called The Science from Fiction Podcast? Should it not be the Science from Science Fiction Podcast?  Well, by its very nature fiction must contain some story point, some element that does not exist in the world today.  If this element is explained in terms of magic, the story is classified as fantasy.  However, as Arthur C. Clarke’s third law states, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  Therefore I believe all the wonders of fiction can be explained in terms of science.  To help illustrate this, I have enlisted the help of NY Times Best Selling Author Debbie Viguié.

In addition to providing the voice of Claire, the grant committee liaison, on Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Debbie Viguié is the bestselling author of over two dozen novels including the Wicked and Crusade series co-authored with Nancy Holder.  She is the Patron Saint of The Supernatural.  While her fiction is very compelling, she is also no stranger to science.  In fact, she uses science to explain the magic of her Witch Hunt Series.

Debbie and I will explore fiction’s top ten uses of magic and attempt to discover the science within.