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Washington DC’s National Harbor – Marriott Gaylord , across the Potomac from historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Escape Velocity 2019, May 24 – 26

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 965-4000 – room reservations

Exit 2A on the Beltway in Washington DC’s National Harbor complex

Room block: Escape Velocity


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Here’s what attendees had to say about Escape Velocity 2018:

Greg Bear Autograph Signing – “This was wonderful. I have long admired Mr. Bear’s work. Last year I brought my copy of “Queen of Angels” to Escape Velocity on the off-chance of meeting him and getting his autograph. This year I was delighted to see that an autograph session with him was actually on the schedule. Meeting him was one of the highlights of the con for me. He is a gracious and generous person and I admire him greatly.”

Greg Nicotero on The Walking Dead and 2001: A Space Odyssey – “Cool to hear his views on the process of making 2001.”

How Science Fiction Inspired Exploration Achievements – “I found this a very exciting presentation. Peter McGrath did a great job describing Boeing’s contributions to space exploration and their efforts to inspire the next generation of space scientists.”

Doctor Whose Line Is it Anyway?! – “Hysterical!”

Touch the Sun – “Great selection of NASA panelists. Audience was really into the subject.”

In Saturn’s Rings, a film for IMAX theaters: The Kubrick, Science & Tech – “I was nearly moved to tears by the Saturn portion of the film they showed. Awesome, in the literal sense of the word. Appreciated, too, the insights into how they made the film.”

Science Fiction and Fantasy Characters as Dramatis Personae – “The moderator was excellent and the chemistry among the panelists was exciting and inspiring. This was one of the best at Escape Velocity 2018.”


Why Are They Spiritual Machines? AI and Religion – “An astonishingly brilliant array of points of view. Splendid discussion of among the panelists and great audience participation.”

Law of Star Wars – “This was, hands down, the best panel I’ve attended so far- it was lively, the audience was laughing and engaged, and the topic was really interesting and surprisingly cutting edge. Definitely have these folks back again!”

The Hunt for Groot: Astrobiology at NASA – “Fascinating! Great Q&A, really knowledgeable panelists.”

Cosmic Encounter:® Quick Start / Alien Combos / Play Designers – “The Cosmic Encounter folks were really friendly and made the game really accessible. I hope we see them again!”

Will Asteroid Mining Solve our Resource Shortages? – “This presenter is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. And the presentation perfectly matched the description, so I got exactly what I thought I would get.”

The National Security Decision-Making Game (Science Fiction Edition) – “This was hands-down the BEST part of my Escape Velocity experience! Whatever you end up doing, please bring the NSDMG back!!!!”


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