Thomas Dolby joins Joe Haldeman at Escape Velocity

The Museum of Science Fiction and NASA are partnering to bring Escape Velocity 2017 to Washington, DC, on Labor Day weekend, September 1 to 3, at the MARRIOTT Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

Thomas Dolby joins Joe Haldeman at Escape Velocity

With the first trailer for The Last Jedi having just been released, the tenth season of Doctor Who airing now, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming in a couple of weeks, it's the start of what we're calling the summer of sci-fi. The Museum of Science Fiction and NASA are partnering to bring Escape Velocity 2017 to Washington, DC, on Labor Day weekend, September 1 to 3, at the MARRIOTT Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

The event will be like a micro futuristic world’s fair to promote STEAM educational activities within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals.The theme for this year’s convention is Computers, Robotics, AI, and Drones.

The Museum of Science Fiction has added Thomas Dolby to its featured speakers list for Escape Velocity 2017. A musical pioneer perhaps best known for deconstructing his hit songs She Blinded Me with Science and Hyperactive!, Dolby's innovative use of technology and synthesizers has given his tracks a unique sound that has transcended genres and earned him five GrammyTM nominations in the span of his 35-year musical career.
“I've always been fascinated by exploring and being at the forefront of something new, whether it's in music, technology, or life,” said Dolby. “That's what really drew me to Escape Velocity, which is all about letting your imagination run wild and seeing what the future holds for us through the lens of science fiction.”

At Escape Velocity, Dolby will give a talk on the frontiers of technology and music and perform a sample of his hit songs in addition to appearing as a panelist.

Dolby joins author Joe Haldeman who will be the Literary Guest of Honor for Escape Velocity 2017. Haldeman is best known as the author of The Forever War, one of my favorite science fiction stories and is widely acclaimed as being the greatest military science fiction novel ever written.

Haldeman began his writing career while he was still in the US Army, where he fought in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a combat engineer. He sold his first story in 1969 and has since written over two dozen novels. Joe has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, as well as the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award, the Rhysling Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. In 2010, Haldeman was honored with the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for lifetime achievement in the genre.  Haldeman’s latest book, Work Done For Hire is a near-future science fiction story that considers the dangers of living in a surveillance state.

“I am delighted to be on the Escape Velocity program this year,” said Haldeman. “The literary track promises to be evocative and provocative – and make us think about where we, as human beings, may be going. The Forever War shows us what we should avoid.”
 
“Haldeman was quoted in Motherboard as saying, ‘you might try to eliminate war by eliminating the conditions that cause it, like poverty and racial hatred and religious animosity.’ The time has never been more appropriate for us to examine The Forever War in this context,” said Charles Hildebrandt, production counsel for the Museum of Science Fiction. “The Forever War is more than a harbinger; it represents a multidimensional warning for us to outgrow war and regrettably seems to be in perfect resonance with our current global state of affairs.”
 
About the Museum of Science Fiction
The nonprofit Museum of Science Fiction will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world. The Museum will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures, and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational catalyst to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) areas, the Museum uses tools such as mobile applications and wifi-enabled display objects to engage and entertain. For a full press packet on the Museum of Science Fiction’s vision and other information, please visit: www.museumofsciencefiction.org/presspacket
 
About Escape Velocity 2017
The Museum of Science Fiction and NASA are partnering to bring Escape Velocity 2017 to Washington, DC. The event will be like a micro futuristic world’s fair to promote STEAM educational activities within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. Escape Velocity 2017 seeks to make a measurable positive impact to boost informal learning on the more conceptually challenging academic areas. Escape Velocity's mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our young people in science, technology, engineering, art, and math by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States using science fiction as the primary engine. Escape Velocity will achieve orbit on September 1 - 3, 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, DC.