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Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie Osborn

     Scientist / Author

LibertyCon 24 Science Guest of Honor (2011)

Few can claim the varied background of award-winning author Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery.

Veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs, she worked on numerous space shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resume. Her space experience also includes Spacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects.

Stephanie holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is "fluent" in several more, including geology and anatomy.

In addition she possesses a license of ministry, has been a duly sworn, certified police officer, and is a National Weather Service certified storm spotter.

Her travels have taken her to the top of Pikes Peak, across the world's highest suspension bridge, down gold mines, in the footsteps of dinosaurs, through groves of giant Sequoias, and even to the volcanoes of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest, where she was present for several phreatic eruptions of Mount St. Helens.

Now retired from space work, Stephanie has trained her sights on writing. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to almost 30 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the Cresperian Saga book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed Displaced Detective Series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files," and its pulp-bestselling prequel series, Gentleman Aegis, the very first book of which won a Silver Falchion award. She released the paranormal/horror novella El Vengador, based on a true story, in 2013 as an ebook.

In addition to her writing work, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily "pays it forward," teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.

The Mystery continues.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Stephanie Osborn

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 03:00PM The New Madrid Fault System: Then and Now
Stephanie Osborn discusses the geology of the New Madrid fault complex, the historic quakes that made the Mississippi run backward, and what threat it has for us today.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Event
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Author's Alley (Brooks, Kemp, Lowery, S. Osborn, Sherrer)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Fri 07:00PM Autograph Session (Buettner, Coe/Jackson, Matthews, Morris, Osborn)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Sat 11:00AM Space Debris and the Issues of Satellite Survivability
Karl Gallagher moderates this panel on space debris and other issues impacting the survivability of our satellite constellations.
Sat 01:00PM Urban Legends: Modern Myth
Stephanie Osborn talks about how modern urban legends relate to mythological themes and how authors can mine them for story ideas.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 03:00PM Author's Alley (Gibbons, Hartness, Hoch, Martin, S. Osborn)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!
Sat 05:00PM Autograph Session (Hearne, Maggert, Monroe, S. Osborn)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sat 10:00PM Reading: Stephanie Osborn & Kal Spriggs
Come out and hear our authors read passages from their works
Reading
CARTA Room
(60 min)
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 01:00PM Science Research for Writers
Robert Hampson moderates this panel discussion on how writers can research technical/science questions.
Sun 02:00PM Author's Alley (Ayres, Brooks, Holmes, Kemp, Osborn)
Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!