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Jim Beall

Jim Beall


Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover's infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). Assignments at the USNRC reactor inspector, inspection team leader, safety analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different Presidential-appointed different USNRC Commissioners and earning the agency's Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.

Duties of those policy-level posts included substantial research into alternative and speculative energy sources, as well as energy forecasts. Some of those other sources were coal, oil, hydro, geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter.

Baen Books (baen.com) has published four of his non-fiction articles:

- "Our Worldship Broke!"

- "Case Studies in Handwavium"

- "From Corvus to Keyhole -- Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction"

- "Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction"

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Jim Beall

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 01:00PM Stealth in Space
Jim Beall moderates this panel on stealth. In space we have a problem Anything in space generates heat if it has the power to move or survive. Heat is very detectable against the backdrop of very cold space. How is this overcome?
Fri 03:00PM The Xenobiologist's Dream: Designing a Believable Alien Species
Robert Hampson moderates this panel on xenobiology and the requirements necessary to design of a believable alien species.
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction
Jim Beall traces the history of women in science (especially nuclear) and science fiction as real-life scientists, characters, and authors from the beginning through to the present day.
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM The Energy Smorgasboard
Dave Bogen moderates this presentation / panel on alternative energy sources and their incorporation into our electric grid.
Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Dr. Robert Hampson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.
Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch
Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros
Sun 12:00PM Pimp My SF Ride: Submarine Edition
Steve Simmons moderates this panel on the Nautilus and her spiritual grandchildren in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Sun 01:00PM Science Research for Writers
Robert Hampson moderates this panel discussion on how writers can research technical/science questions.