Our Science Guest of Honor
Landis is a scientist at the NASA John Glenn Research Center.
He was a member of the Mars Pathfinder scientific team, where
he analyzed solar energy and dust on Mars, and is now working
on advanced concepts for spaceflight. He was one of the first
fellows of the NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts, where he
worked on analyzing new concepts for laser-pushed lightsails.
His research projects include investigating the effect of the
Mars environment on power systems, advanced space propulsion
concepts, such as tethers and light-sails, laser- and microwave-
power beaming investigations of space resources, and semiconductor
physics. He has published over two hundred and fifty scientific
papers in the fields of photovoltaics and astronautics, and holds
four patents on photovoltaic device designs.
is also a Hugo- and Nebula- award winning science fiction writer.
His novel Mars Crossing won the Locus award for best first novel.
His most recent book, Impact Parameter (and Other Quantum Realities),
which came out last November, collects some of his award-winning
short fiction. It was named by Publisher's Weekly as one of the
notable books of the year.
Geoffrey A. Landis's Official Web Site is: