British Interplanetary Society

The British Interplanetary Society at Loncon 3

Friday 15 August 2014

“From Imagination to Reality”, the motto of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) says it all. Science Fiction to Science Fact! Founded in 1933, the BIS is the world’s longest-established society dedicated to the promotion of astronautics and space exploration. The wide range of interests of its founding fathers brought together the ideas of science fiction writers such as Arthur C Clarke, with the inspirational drawings of artists like R A Smith and the visionary technical expertise of scientists and engineers to create the project and mission studies that would take mankind to the Moon, Mars and beyond – ultimately to the far reaches of the Universe.


In the first session, members of the British Interplanetary Society will introduce the Society, its 80 year history, its essential link with the SF world and look to its future, to its proposed projects and missions and its important role in educating the next generation of scientists and engineers. Alan Bond, co-inventor with Bob Parkinson of the HOTOL Spaceplane in the late 80s, will describe his latest project, SKYLON, its development progress and ultimately its economic impact on the satellite business.

In session 2, members will present their ideas on colonising Space and ask the question “Why are we not now skiing on Mars?” when Dan Dare comics and frightening TV programmes predicted simple access to space and alien invasions. We then get an amazing and exciting glimpse into the future with technical evaluations and technology updates of interstellar spacecraft – making the imagination into reality!

Finally, in session 3, we find out how we will live in “Worldships” on our 100-year journeys to distant stars and galaxies and how we will “rule” the moon and expand into the solar system. To end the session, we discuss, with all the day’s speakers, how the human race may survive and evolve to expand into our Galaxy.

It promises to be an exciting day. Please join us.