Hal Clement (Harry Stubbs) was a fixture on the Boskone Program from the first Boskone until his death in 2003 — forty consecutive conventions (and that doesn't count the Boskones he attended in the 1940s). He combined a deep knowledge of science blended with wonder and he combined joy in the learning of it with joy in the teaching of it.

After his death, NESFA decided to honor him by establishing the Hal Clement Science Speaker as a memorial. Each year we bring someone who shares his wide interest in science combined with a love of science fiction to speak at Boskone.

2010's Hal Clement Science Speaker will be Vernor Vinge, who taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State for many years. Now retired from teaching, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, and Rainbows End.

Hal Clement Science Speakers

Boskone 47, 2010   Vernor Vinge
Boskone 46, 2009   Geoffrey A. Landis
Boskone 44, 2007   Richard Binzel
Boskone 43, 2006   William K. Hartmann
Boskone 42, 2005   Alastair Reynolds
Boskone 41, 2004   John Cramer