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Welcome to the VCON 38 Programming Schedule.

Every year, VCON’s crack Programming team assembles three days jam-packed with the best in panels, workshops, and events to keep you in geek nirvana. We hope that you are as excited by the panels, discussions, workshops and presentations we have on offer this year as we are!

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Saturday, October 5 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Peak Oil and the Future of SF

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Oil is absolutely critical to our society.  Most SF dreams are based on a future of cheap or cheaper energy.  However, fossil fuels will soon become much more expensive and this will have vast effects on society.

This talk will discuss:

  • what Peak Oil is and isn't,

  • the science behind Peak Oil,

  • when Peak Oil will happen,

  • what oil does for you,

  • the effects on society from Peak Oil,

  • renewable power - hope for the future,

  • how Peak Oil will affect Science Fiction.

The "Hydrogen Economy" will be briefly discussed and it will be used as an example to demonstrate the difference between energy and fuel.


Richard Smith

Richard Smith has been a teacher, professional game designer and programmer. He is a serious science geek and facinated by terraforming Mars. He has given numerous talks at V-Con on subjects of science and the future.

Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

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