Category Archives: Zoom Speaker Night

Sep 11: ZOOM Speaker night!

This free meeting is open to the public and will be held via ZOOM on Friday Sep 11 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m

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Meeting ID: 895 0053 8232

Speaker: Robert J. Sawyer, Award winning Canadian Science Fiction Writer and Fururist.

Topic:”Black Holes, and Project Orion – the space science behind Robert J. Sawyer’s new novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative”

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has also won the Robert A. Heinlein Award, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and the Hal Clement Memorial Award; the top SF awards in China, Japan, France, and Spain; and a record-setting sixteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”). His latest novel—his 24th—is The Oppenheimer Alternative.

Rob’s novel FlashForward was the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, and he was a scriptwriter for that program. He also scripted the two-part finale for the popular web series Star Trek Continues.

He is a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian government, as well as the Order of Ontario, the highest honor given by his home province; he was also one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Rob lives just outside Toronto. His website and blog are at, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon he’s RobertJSawyer.
Twitter: (@RobertJSawyer)

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Topic: “Apollo 13 – The Flight That Failed”

By Randy Attwood

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Fifty years ago, the third mission was launched to land two people on the Moon. On the third day of the flight, a problem occurred which cancelled the plans for the lunar landing and instead, started a race to get the astronauts home alive. In this talk, the speaker will detail all the things which had to go right to save the Apollo 13 crew.

About Randy:

J. Randy Attwood is a resident of Mississauga and has been looking up at the night sky for nearly 50 years. He joined the The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1970. He was President of the Toronto Centre 1982 – 1986, Society National President 1998 – 2000, the founder, a Past-President and Honorary President and currently President of the Mississauga Centre. He was the Society’s Executive Director and Publisher of SkyNews magazine from 2014 – 2019.

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The meeting will be held online from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. via ZOOM.