Salaam Asaro and Thomas
Kiini Ibura Salaam, Catherine Asaro, and Sheree Renée Thomas are three amazing authors coming to discuss their work across Escape Velocity’s literary program track. Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is rooted in speculative events, women’s perspectives, and artistic freedom. Her fiction has been published in such anthologies as Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Black Silk, and Dark Eros. She lives in Brooklyn. Catherine Asaro is an author of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has written over twenty-five novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Among her numerous distinctions, she has won the Nebula® and Analog Reader’s Choice awards. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 (Pyr), the novel Carnelians (Baen/ Simon & Schuster), and the anthology of her short fiction titled Aurora in Four Voices (ISFiC Press). Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” List and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review). Check the Escape Velocity website tomorrow for full bios and programming descriptions.
Brewing Beer in Space
If you’re planning to leave the planet any time soon, you may want to sit in on this discussion panel. Local brewers will be talking about how to make beer off-planet and other important survival considerations before you go.
This year, Ecto-1 will be joining our car show in the exhibition hall for unlimited selfies!
As part of NASA’s post-eclipse educational activities, the ePlatetarium will be on the exhibition floor to show everyone what happened in the Path of Totality.
Carbonite in the Museum Gallery
Don’t miss Tom Spina’s latest life-size creation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars . . .
Han Solo frozen in Carbonite!
The 501st Legion will be out in force searching for the dreaded Museum of Science Fiction. Our cloaking device remains operational so we are not too worried about it falling into the hands of the Empire!
The motherboard, built by BAE and featured in
The Martain, will be on display at Escape Velocity. The BAE discussion panel will cover how to protect space hardware against radiation and what is needed to “harden” equipment for extended time in space.
An original escape room is coming to Escape Velocity! While our friends at Room Escape DC who are crafting and running the room want to keep a lot of it a surprise, we can tell you there will be a theme of time travel weaved into two, 30-minute experiences featuring past and future technology. Because these are timed events, there are a limited number of tickets available each day, so reserve a spot in advance!
Improv at EV17
Everyone’s heard of Mystery Science 3000. Well, Washington Improv Theater is doing their own riff on an old B movie as part of Escape Velocity’s Film Festival. Seats are limited, so get your tickets soon, VIP ticket holders can jump the line!
Han Solo’s blaster is now in our CAD Catalog
Han Solo’s blaster is now available for download in the Museum’s CAD Catalog. Click here to download.
Escape Velocity Film Festival
For the first time at EV we’re holding a juried film competition as part of our film festival. There will be “Maria” awards in six categories, and so far we’ve received a terrific collection of feature length and short films from the United States and Canada. Our friends from Boston SciFi have helped to curate the entries, and we’ll be screening them each night of Escape Velocity. You can learn more about the film festival here.
Don’t miss the mission simulator! We’re adding more time slots to make sure everyone can be on the bridge. Register in advance for Starship Horizons by visiting their website here.
NASA HEC Eclipse Awareness Activities
Check out NASA’s website for eclipse updates, and make sure that you’ll be in the Path of Totality on August 21.The closest big city to DC is Charleston, SC!
NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium members will be at Escape Velocity to show their post-eclipse accomplishments.
Teacher Professional Development Workshop
iFly indoor skydiving is sponsoring the teacher professional development workshop on September 1, the first day of EV17. The workshop will offer educators new approaches for teaching STEAM courses through the use of science fiction. Attendees will receive a professional development certificate of completion and can enjoy full access to the rest of the convention that day. Registration information is available on the press release.
EV17 Hotel Rooms and Museum Membership
Hotel rooms at the beautiful Marriott Wardman Park are also still available, and anyone who books before August 15 receives one weekend pass. Stay in the hotel, get into EV17 for free! You can get a discounted show rate here: https://aws.passkey.com/event/16394909/owner/1786/home.
And don’t forget that Museum members get a 50% discount on 3-Day tickets to Escape Velocity 2017 (including friends and family). Sign up here!