For all you sci-fi-coming-true fans in my neck of the woods, I’ll be speaking in Kingston, NY this Wednesday about the latest stories I’m covering.

The occasion is the weekly Rotary Club of Kingston luncheon at Christina’s Restaurant, 812 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401, at noon on July 9. The event is open to visitors. Lunch is 13 bucks.

Two of the big stories I’m tracking these days that I’m sure to talk about:

-Upcoming SpaceX OG2 launch from Cape Canaveral (July 14). This is a big deal for a couple of reasons. This one rocket will launch six satellites for asset tracking company ORBCOMM, as a big step in increasing the capabilities of such services. And following the launch, SpaceX will conduct the latest orbital test of its flyback booster technology, which is a big step on the road to vastly more affordable space access.

-DARPA Robotics Challenge, round 2. The most ambitious robotics competition in the world has been set for next June at the L.A. County fairgrounds. Humanoid robots will attempt a series of disaster recovery-related tasks with minimal human supervision. Yes, my friends, The Terminator is in development.

I’ll also highlight the innovative ways that all these organizations use to get extreme innovation done with limited resources, and what that means for the rest of us. And I’ll have books to sign. Stop buy if you can.

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