TVIW In the Media
Coverage for the 2017 Meeting:
Paul Gilster sums up his experience in his post from Centauri Dreams:
I want to thank Les Johnson and the conference organizers at TVIW, Tau Zero and Starship Century for the opportunity to make this presentation, and for the huge outlay in time and energy they devoted to the event. That includes our workshop leaders and participants who carried the original workshop notion forward. What I now hope to do is give an overview of what we have done here and what it signifies….
Somewhere around the 6th Century BCE, a man named Lao Tzu, an almost legendary philosopher and writer, purportedly produced the book known as the Tao Te Ching, a fundamental text of Taoism and Chinese Buddhism. This year’s Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop arrived made to order for Taoist thought, with its theme “Step by Step: Building a Ladder to the Stars.” Because for years I’ve used as the line on my digital signature the Tao Te Ching’s aphorism: “You accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.” Confucius, who may have known Lao Tzu, would echo the same philosophy….[See the full post]
Bart Leahy published a piece with Spaceflight Insider about TVIW’s long-term challenges:
The TVIW Chairman Les Johnson is a NASA physicist by day and a science fiction writer and interstellar visionary in his free time. Given that the exploration of the Solar System will be the work of generations, if not centuries, might TVIW not be getting a little ahead of themselves? Johnson told Spaceflight Insider: “Not at all. We’re providing the long-term vision… Can we do it today? No. Can we begin developing the technologies needed? Yes. Can we think about flying precursor missions today? Yes.”
The practical question Johnson and the other approximately 150 TVIW attendees asked was, “What can be done now?” They realize that launching even a tiny payload to the nearest star—Alpha Centauri, 4.3 light-years away—requires considerable development and expense….[See the full post]
Dr. Ben Davis recounts his time at “Band Camp” on his Ask Dr. Ben Facebook page:
So some of you might have wondered why Ask Dr. Ben has been so quiet for the last week. Well, I’ve been out of town and I generally don’t like to advertise over the Internet when I’m away from my home. But now that I am back, I’m happy to tell you everything.
I spent the last week in Huntsville, Al at the “Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop” (https://tviw.us/). I’ve been hearing about this “thing” from the guys at LibertyCon for several years. And even though I wasn’t quite sure what it was all about, I decided to bite the bullet and go see for myself. I figured at worst, I’d hang out with some of my con buddies that I only see a few times per year, and perhaps drink some of Robert Hampson quality Scotch. I also looked at it as my consolation prize for saving a few bucks and skipping Dragon*Con this year. Well, it turned out to be intense. TVIW, is a three day symposium (which we stretched to 5 days) on how to achieve interstellar travel. You can’t call it a “con” by any stretch of the imagination. There was no cosplay. There were no party rooms. There was just scientists, engineers, authors and highly interested people there to discuss the future of space exploration. The theme was, “Step by Step: Building a Ladder to the Stars.” It was quite simply the most advanced set of talks I’ve attended since I was in graduate school…[See the full post]
Prolific author Sarah Hoyt covers Why We Must Go to the Stars for PJMedia:
Why would anyone want to go to other stars? Why would it be beneficial to humanity?
Those of you who have wondered about my absence from my normal haunts online, including the “night DJ” job at Instapundit, wonder no more.
I’ve been at TVIW, which I’ve attended for its last three sessions. TVIW is the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, a gathering of scientists, professionals and crazy people (like me) who dream in fiction, and who think it’s important – nay, imperative – for humans to leave the cradle of the Earth and colonize different worlds around different stars.