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Sunday, July 17 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Psychology of First Contact (ET)

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The people who are willing to go live on space stations or who volunteer to crew exploratory ships, like those of us who served on submarines or in other extreme environments, are decidedly and extraordinarily NON-representative of the Human Race as a whole.  And we tend to be a fairly insular and egotistical subset of the Race, to boot.  How does this skew First Contact scenarios?

Moderators
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Stephen J. Simmons

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 available... Read More →

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Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →

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Randall Hayes

Randall Hayes organizes the Greensboro Science Cafe series and runs his own educational media company, Agnosia Media, LLC. He also writes a monthly science column for our local SF magazine at intergalacticmedicineshow.com.

Sunday July 17, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Suite 215

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