Comic-Con is coming to you!

Screenshot of Comic-con online 2020

Because you can’t have “science fiction” without “science” … The Fleet will be hosting THREE panels for our favourite event of the year: Comic-Con @ Home. This year, you get to experience the exciting panels from the comfort of your own couch—cosplay not required, but still encouraged!

Join us for thrilling conversations about all things geeky and science fiction with exciting panels led by writers, scientists, actors, producers and more! Explore how Marvel TV shows come to life and discuss just how possible it would be for a movie like Back to the Future to become a reality.

Don't miss our panels:

The Science of Back to the Future

Available after: July 23, 3 p.m. 

Flux Capacitor, hoverboards, flying cars and time travel. The Back to the Future stories have introduced us to a lot of interesting and futuristic ideas. Join the Fleet Science Center and IDW for a closer look at the Back to the Future comic series. John Barber and other Back to the Future creators will share how they dream up their fantastic stories and discuss with local scientists if and how the science in their stories might work. 

Panelists are:

John Barber—Editor in Chief, IDW, Writer Back to the Future and Transformers

Andrea Decker—Fleet Science Center, Moderator

Saura Naderi—Outreach Director, at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego, Engineer and Robot Builder

Dr. Lisa Will—Fleet Science Center Resident Astronomer and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the San Diego City College

Fearless, Sinless, Ruthless: A look at the science and social science in young adult sci-fi books

Available after: July 24, 4 p.m. 

Imagine a world where your looks depend on “being good” and adhering to social norms and morality. That is the premise of Sarah Tarkoff’s new Young Adult book series “Eye of the Beholder”. The book’s young heroine is part of a future where all countries in the world are governed by a new religion. A future where not following the doctrine and the morality of the religion has physical implications. Could there really be a higher being so powerful or are there other powers at play? Join the Fleet Science Center, author Sarah Tarkoff and scientists, as they discuss the story, the science and the social science behind the "Eye of the Beholder Trilogy". 

Panelists are:

Andrea Decker—Fleet Science Center, Moderator

Nicole Henniger—Ph.D. and assistant professor in the department of counseling & psychology at the Tennessee Tech University

Amy Lawton—Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut

Samantha Russman, Ph.D. student at the Jacobs Engineering School at UC San Diego. 

Sarah Tarkoff, author of the new YA sci-fi series Eye of the Bolder and writer for TV shows, such as Arrow and Witches of East End, just to name a few. 

The Fleet Science Center Celebrates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The stories and science of androids, space travel and aliens

Available after: July 25, 3 p.m. 

For seven seasons Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has managed to take us on one wild ride after another. The show is coming to an end with season 7, which premiered on May 27, and we are excited to celebrate the show with this panel. It is one thing to explore the amazing, and sometimes scary, abilities of inhumans (mutants), and quite another to take these stories into a matrix-like world, into space and even on a time-traveling adventure. Join the Fleet Science Center and executive producers, writers and actors from Marvel’s immensely popular TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as they reveal how these stories came to life and discuss with San Diego scientists if they got the science right. 

Panelists are:

Jeffrey Bell—Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Showrunner, Executive Producer and Writer

Andrea Decker—Fleet Science Center, Moderator

Dr. Virginia De Sa—Professor in the Cognitive Science Department at UC San Diego. 

Elizabeth Henstridge—Actor (Jemma Simmons)

Dr. Anila Kanchan Madiraju—Research Associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. 

Melissa Miller—Scientist and science writer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 

James Oliver—Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Co-Producer & Writer

Sharla Oliver—Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Co-Producer & Writer

Dr. Troy Sandberg—Postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego

Joel Stoffer – Actor (Enoch)

Craig Titley—Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Producer & Writer