... is the
speaker scheduled for the 134th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene
on August 15, 2005.
Victor Koman on "What Goes Up...Could
Stay There: The Coming Boom in Space Tourism"
includes a screening of Spacescape: Developing the
Orbital Community as a Result of Commercialized Space Travel, a
short video by John Marshall of Alien Irwin Productions.
Ready to book your weightless
holiday at the L-5 Hilton? Feel like a little one tenth "G" workout
on the Von Braun Ring Station, where it seems like you can walk on water
-- because you can? How about a round of golf at the Old Shepard
Course at the Marriott Resort in Luna City?
Thanks to Burt Rutan of Scaled
the creator of SpaceShipOne, and Richard Branson of Virgin Enterprises,
the above scenarios are in the foreseeable future. And significantly,
they claim it can happen without governmental funding.
Rutan and Branson have formed Virgin
Galactic, a for-profit passenger spaceline which will utilize a craft
called SpaceShipTwo* to carry two pilots and seven passengers into space
for personal entertainment, i.e., tourism.
KHC's own Victor Koman will explain
how these developments will impact the way we regard the universe, as well
as the old world we leave behind.
John Marshall's video portrays
what a space resort might look like, and points up, in a clever and amusing
way, some potential problems.
So velcro up your magnetic boots,
adjust your oxygen mixture, and float on over for a (not quite) down- to-earth
discussion of a sky high subject!
* Paul Allen of Microsoft was
a major financier of SpaceShipOne.
About Victor Koman
A native Californian, Victor
Koman's books include the millennial-noir novel, The
Jehovah Contract, and his medical thriller Solomon's
Knife. Both novels won the Prometheus Award in their respective
Bradbury says: "The
Jehovah Contract has a fascinating concept, imaginatively delivered
... Would that there were a dozen more writers like [Koman] in the field.'
Jehovah Contract has been optioned by producer-director Robert Meyer
Koman's short stories have appeared
in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy, Weird Menace, The
King is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem, the second & third Dark
Destiny collections, and Free
The Magazine of Fantasy &
Science Fiction calls his third Prometheus-winning novel, Kings
of the High Frontier, "an intriguing, exhilarating, thought-provoking
and, yes, sprawling novel that brings back the sense of wonder that drew
so many of us into science-fiction in the first place." The novel
was the first book published exclusively on the Internet to win the Prometheus
His latest novels are Captain
The Microbotic Menace and Death's
A community activist with a quixotic
sense of what's important, Koman was instrumental in preventing the destruction
of Disneyland's last bubble-topped Mark III monorail ("Old Red"), generating
a one-man public relations campaign that resulted in nationwide news coverage.
The Walt Disney Company subsequently saved, restored, and converted the
historic monorail fuselage into a street-legal promotional vehicle.
Koman develops dynamic-database
websites utilizing Oracle and ColdFusion (the markup language, not the
scientific fraud). He lives in southern California with his wife,
Veronica, daughter, Vanessa, and cat, Kali. He graduated summa cum
laude from Redlands University in 2001 with a B.S. in Information Systems.
2004, he received his MBA from Pepperdine University. He's worked
as an extra in several films. His weblog is Koman
ADDENDUM: David Harmon
took these images at the above meeting.