Public Speaker

I am an experienced public speaker, and available to give lectures on several topics. My most frequent subjects are the Presidents and Presidency of the United States, and writing/publishing.

As of October 2016, I’ve appeared on panels at more than 150 science fiction conventions, averaging 3-15 panels per convention. Panel topics I frequently speak about including speculative fiction writing, editing, and publishing, literature, science, business, and more. I’ve also given nearly 50 solo presentations to a variety of groups (including Mensa conventions, space conferences, astronomy clubs, and more); titles and details are below. I was a guest lecturer at the University of Connecticut, talking about book design and about science fiction writing.

Below is a list of my most recent solo appearances, along with any currently scheduled talks:

March 4, 2017: “Any President But Donald Trump” at Central New Jersey Mensa’s Snowball Regional Gathering in Iselin, NJ

October 29, 2016: “Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: Calling Them Exceptional is Understatement” at Boston Mensa’s Wicked Good Regional Gathering in Fitchburg, MA

September 4, 2016: “Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: Calling Them Exceptional is Understatement” at Mensa of Northeast New York’s RechaRGe Regional Gathering in Albany, NY

July 3, 2016: “Hail to the Chiefs! (and Their Vice Presidents, and First Ladies…)” at the American Mensa Annual Gathering in San Diego, CA

March 7, 2015: “Science Fiction’s Scary Predictive Powers, or, Where’s My Flying Car?” at Central New Jersey Mensa’s “Snowball” regional gathering in Iselin, NJ

July 3, 2014: I facilitated a panel discussion on science fiction at the American Mensa Annual Gathering in Boston, MA (panelists: Walter H. Hunt, Shariann Lewitt, and Allen Steele)

April 5, 2014: Monthly speaker for the Garden State Speculative Fiction writers

March 29, 2014: “So You Want to Get Rich as a Writer?” at The Twisted World convention in King of Prussia, PA

March 1, 2014: “So You Want to Get Rich as a Writer?” at Central New Jersey Mensa’s “Snowball” regional gathering in Iselin, NJ

July 4, 2009: “A Random Verbal Walk Through the Presidency” at the American Mensa Annual Gathering in Pittsburgh, PA

July 3, 2009: “Stupid Author Tricks” at the American Mensa Annual Gathering in Pittsburgh, PA

March 7, 2009: “A Random Verbal Walk Through the Presidency” as the keynote speaker at Central New Jersey Mensa’s “Snowball” regional gathering in Iselin, NJ

February 14, 2009: “A Random Verbal Walk Through the Presidency” at New Hampshire Mensa’s “Love Potion ’09” regional gathering in Nashua, NH

February 14, 2009: “Stupid Author Tricks” at New Hampshire Mensa’s “Love Potion ‘09” regional gathering in Nashua, NH

December 10, 2008: Book discussion and Presidential talk at the Ohio State University Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Columbus, OH.

December 9, 2008: Book discussion and Presidential talk at Books & Company on the Greene, Dayton (Beavercreek), OH.

December 6, 2008: “Stupid Author Tricks” at Cincinnati Mensa’s “Winter Wonderland” Regional Gathering in Cincinnati, OH.

December 6, 2008: “A Random Verbal Walk Through the Presidency” at Cincinnati Mensa’s “Winter Wonderland” Regional Gathering in Cincinnati, OH.

September 14, 2008: “A Random Verbal Walk Through the Presidency” at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Titles of older talks I’ve given include:

  • “Is Science Fiction an Oxymoron? or; Science Fiction, Science and Fiction: Can you have one with the other?”
  • “The Artemis Project”
  • “Stupid Author Tricks”
  • “How to Write/Publish Science Fiction”
  • “The Science in Star Trek”

Other organizations I’ve spoken for:

  • The International Space Development Conference
  • The Mid Hudson Astronomy Association
  • The New York Wings Club
  • The Greater New York 99s
  • The Prydonians of Princeton
  • American Mensa’s Annual Gathering, and Regional Gatherings for several local Mensa groups, including: Boston; Central New Jersey; Connecticut & Western Massachusetts; Delaware Valley; Greater New York; Mid Hudson; and New Hampshire.