JPLs Engineer Brett Kenney, Group Supervisor for Robotic Arm for the Curiosity Rover to Address Hubbard Achievement Awards as Keynote Speaker

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

The relationship between science fiction and science fact continues to evolve as will be evidenced at the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards celebrating the 12 writer and 12 illustrator winners being published in Writers of the Future volume 29 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Sunday, April 14.

The tradition of scientists and fiction writers being closely associated dates back to the early 20th century when scientific fiction literature was renamed with the contraction scientifiction by Hugo Gernsback in his first issue of Amazing Stories in April 1926. By the mid-1930s, this evolved to science fiction where it has remained to this day. Some of the earliest writers of science fiction were themselves scientists such as Willy Ley and Isaac Asimov and the tradition has continued with author/scientists including Gregory Benford, Doug Beason and Gentry Lee.

Then there are those who were inspired from an early age by the dream that science fiction offered. Be they astronauts or engineers, science fiction has remained that agent to ignite the sense of wonder about the future. Or as stated by Writers of the Future Contest founder L. Ron Hubbard, (Science fiction) is the herald of possibility. It is the plea that someone should work on the future.

Brett Kennedy is one such engineer who is working on the future. Although Brett knew from an early age that he wanted to build robots, it wasn’t until he was in graduate school that he realized that the kind of robots he wanted to build were just down the freeway from his hometown of Claremont. Seeking the bleeding edge of mobile robotic applications, Brett has worked the last 15 years at JPL on diverse systems, the most well known being the Robotic Arm aboard the Curiosity Rover, which is currently patiently waiting out the solar conjunctionwhen the sun lies between the Earth and Mars occurring throughout most of April.

Regarding his relationship with science fiction, Kennedy stated, I constantly seek to widen my exposure to the literature of science fiction authors because I find in them a kindred concern for who we are as expressed by what we can accomplish. And as the Supervisor of the Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators Group at JPL in Pasadena he is working to see what can be accomplished.

Winners of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests will be honored Sunday, April 14, at 6:30 pm, at the 29th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Ceremony taking place at the esteemed Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

The Writers of the Future writing contest ( was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. Past winners of the Writing Contest have published over 750 novels, 3,500 short stories and winners of the Illustrating Contest have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines, with 4,500 illustrations, 350 comics and over 1.3 million art prints.

Guests must RSVP to attend the event. To RSVP, contact Joni Labaqui at 323-466-3310 or go to or

To see the awards ceremony online, go to

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