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History and Technology of Airships

April 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Airships. How do they even work?

Dirigibles are a fixture of steampunk literature, but what does it really take for them to fly and how did a century of technological development get them there?

From the Montgolfier Brothers to Ferdinand von Zeppelin, from Ben Franklin’s airship commandos to luxury liners of the sky, from triumph to tragedy.

Zebulon Vitruvius Pike. Gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero and veteran of the late unpleasantness. After serving in the US Aeroship Cavalry and as special agent to the President, Pike left government service to travel the world. When not saving civilization as we know it from science pirates, abominations of nature and invaders from the beyond, Professor Vitruvius occasionally lectures on topics of interest in history, science and technology. Meanwhile, in the unforeseeable future, Kevin Geiselman has been attending, running and presenting at science fiction conventions for several decades. And while he considers himself a writer of not insignificant skill, he still awaits formal publication.


April 27, 2018
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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Zebulon Vitruvius Pike