Risk of Going Nowhere #382

August 12, 2016

This week we're airing a recorded panel, moderated by Desiree Schell, from the recent Skepchickcon track at CONvergence 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. As a safety and headline driven culture, how will we explore dangerous, distant places that are inherently unsafe without losing the public will or disrespecting the lives of those who go? Panelists include Abra Staffin-Wiebe, speculative fiction author; blogger and podcaster Jim Tigwell; trivia show host Sarah Prentice; and Rebecca Watson, creator of Skepchick.

Special thanks to Kevin Eldridge and The Flopcast, who helped us record panels when our equipment failed!

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  • Abra Staffin-Wiebe
  • Jim Tigwell
  • Rebecca Watson
  • Sarah Prentice

Guest Bios

Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Abra spent several years living in India and Africa before marrying a mad scientist and settling down to live and write in Minneapolis, where she is currently a fiction writer, a freelance photographer, a part-time work-from-home employee, and a full-time mother. Her next project is learning to fold time and space to make this all physically possible. She specializes in dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and modern fairy tales, and has had dozens of short stories appear at publications including Tor.com, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. She also maintains Aswiebe's Market List, a resource for science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. She is the author of the short story "Ekaterina and the Firebird," and the Circus of Brass and Bone, an online steampunk post-apocalyptic serial story.

Jim Tigwell

Jim Tigwell writes for Mad Art Lab, and is the survivor of two philosophy degrees. He spends his days solving interesting problems in software. By night he can be found at poetry slams and whatever art opening has the strangest cheese selection. Host of the biweekly Concept Crucible podcast and occasional blogger, Jim is also a juggler, musician, magician, and maker of digital things. If the software and internet game doesn’t pan out, he’s determined to be a great Canadian vampire hunter.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it.

Sarah Prentice

Writes and hosts a trivia show and cries about astronauts.

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