TNG and Battlestar Galactica: How Does Science Get Into a Television Screenplay?

Sunday June 24th, 2012
9:30 am
Ballroom B

Buy the Panel Discussion DVD


Andre Bormanis - Andre Bormanis is an American television producer, screenwriter and author of the book Star Trek: Science Logs. Bormanis is most notable for his involvement in the long-running Star Trek franchise, and was the science consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. He also wrote several episodes of the Voyager and Enterprise series, as well as acting as science/technical advisor on the "Next Generation" films. He was also a writer and producer for the CBS science fiction drama Threshold; the CBS drama series Eleventh Hour; the ABC Studios production Legend of the Seeker; and the upcoming Disney Studios production Tron: Uprising. Buy Andre Bormanis' SETIcon II Interview on DVD
Kevin GrazierKevin R. Grazier - Dr. Grazier was the scientific advisor for "Battlestar Galactica", "Eureka", and "The Event", and co-author of The Science of Battlestar Galactica—a book detailing the science both depicted and hinted at in the re-imagined series. For 15 years he was an Investigation Scientist on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan, and for his research performs large-scale long-term computer simulations of early Solar System dynamics and evolution. He is also the science advisor for "Falling Skies", this summer's movie "Gravity", SyFy Channel's upcoming epic series "Defiance," and just produced the sci-fi short "D.N.E.: Do Not Erase." Buy Kevin Grazier's SETIcon II Interview DVD
Marc Okrand - devised the Vulcan dialogue heard in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and later developed the Klingon language and coached the actors using it in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He contributed Klingon dialogue to several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the later Star Trek television series, and he created Romulan and Vulcan dialogue for the 2009 Star Trek film. Okrand is the author of three books about Klingon – The Klingon Dictionary (first published 1985), The Klingon Way (1996), and Klingon for the Galactic Traveler (1997). Buy Marc Okrand's SETIcon II Interview DVD


Adrian Brown - a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute who analyses spectroscopic data gathered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. For example, he’s interested in finding subtle hints that large bodies of water might once have flooded the northern regions of this now-dry world, hints that the Orbiter’s spectroscope could provide. In addition to his search for water, he also hunts for clues to volcanic activity in these same northern realms, because the energy provided by such eruptions could fuel microscopic life.  A native of Australia, Adrian has spent a lot of time walking the rugged outback of the western part of that continent, learning how minerals in dry environments can be the fingerprints of water. That expertise helps him search for clues to Mars’ hydraulic past, when not just water, but alien life might have decked the landscape.