SFWA Announced Toastmaster Lindgren

SFWA has announced that astronaut Kjell Lindgren will serve as toastmaster at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Award Conference, to be held from May 18-21 in Pittsburgh, PA. IN addition to emceeing the awards ceremony on the evening of Saturday, May 20, Lindgren will also participate in a panel on Friday, the mass autographing, and give a solo presentation on Sunday. The mass autographing is open to the public. Lindgren served on ISS Expeditions 44 and 45 in 2015 and was an astronaut Guest of Honor for that year’s Worldcon, Sasquan, participating in panels remotely from the ISS.
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Lindgren Leaves for Sasquan

Sasquan Special Guest Kjell Lindgren left for Sasquan yesterday aboard a Soyuz capsule which will carry him to the International Space Station, from which he will participate in Sasquan programming. Once Lindgren’s flight had cleared the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Sasquan arranged to cancel a contingency hotel room for Lindgren, apparently being the first time the Spokane Convention Visitor’s Bureau had ever received the reason “He’s in space” for a room cancellation, according to Sasquan Vice Chair Glenn Glazer.

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Panelist From Space

Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon, has announced the participation of astronaut Kjell Lindgren as a special guest. Dr. Lindgren will be serving on ISS missions 44 and 45 this summer and taking part in Sasquan while on board the International Space Station. While other astronauts have participating in Worldcons (and been Guests of Honor), this is the first time an astronaut has participated remotely from orbit.

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