Join us for a nighttime celebration of Literacy and Science to benefit long-neglected school libraries in the greater Los Angeles area
Friday, December 8th, 6-9 pm
Dinner and pre-program 6-7 pm
Program starts 7pm
Best-selling author of The Martian, Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight.
Sanden Totten (Master of Ceremonies)
Sanden Totten is a host and co-producer of American Public Media's Brains On!, a podcast for kids and curious adults about the scientific mysteries of the universe. Prior to that, he was KPCC's Science Reporter, where he covered everything from space exploration and medical technology to endangered species and the latest earthquake research.
Michael Lopez-Alegria (Astronaut)
A veteran of four space flights, Lopez-Alegria has logged more than 257 days in space and performed 10 spacewalks totaling 67 hours and 40 minutes of EVA. He retired from the Navy in June 2008, left NASA in March 2012, then joined the Commercial Spaceflight Federation as its president. In October 2014, Lopez-Alegria became an independent consultant; he is based in Washington, D.C.
Dave Zobel (Science Writer)
In addition to his seven-year stint as a writer for public radio’s "The Loh Down on Science," Dave Zobel has penned segments for the University of Texas at Austin’s "StarDate," NPR’s "Day to Day," and the game show "Says You!" A science pundit who’s appeared on G4 and Discovery, Zobel sits on the board of Trash for Teaching, an L.A. not-for-profit that rescues manufacturers’ discards and repurposes them as science and art kits for schools.
Interactive pre-show entertainment from Two Bit Circus, a band of mad scientists, roboticists, visual artists and storytellers. Two Bit Circus weaves multiple disciplines into a breathtaking fusion of science, technology and creativity.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Bldg S Forum One Space Park Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
$100 per person price includes buffet dinner (non-alcoholic beverages) and a signed copy of Andy Weir's new book, Artemis.
Families are welcome!
Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself--and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.