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Nick Kanas

Dr. Kanas is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. For over 35 years, he conducted research on people under stress, and he has over 200 professional publications. For the past 15 years, he has been a NASA-funded principal investigator, doing psychological research with astronauts and cosmonauts. Together with Dietrich Manzey he is the co-author of the book Space Psychology and Psychiatry (2nd ed.), which was given the 2004 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award. In 2008, he received the International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Award.

Dr. Kanas has collected antiquarian star maps for over 30 years and has given talks on celestial cartography to amateur and professional groups, including the Adler Planetarium, the Lick Observatory, and annual meetings of the International Conference on the History of Cartography, the Society for the History of Astronomy, and the Flamsteed Astronomical Society in Greenwich, U.K. He has published articles on celestial cartography in magazines and journals, such as Sky and Telescope, Mercury, Imago Mundi, and the Journal of the International Map Collectors Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (London) and has written a book entitled Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography.

Dr. Kanas has been an amateur astronomer for over 50 years and is an avid reader of science fiction. He has presented talks on space psychology and on celestial mapping at several science fiction conventions (including Worldcons in Denver and Montreal), published two articles on space psychology in Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine, and has written several science fiction short stories.

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