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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 103 – Larry Nemecek Talks About The Con of Wrath; The SciFi Christian ‘Feuds’ It Out With The SciFi Diner About The Fringe Finale

SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 103

Larry Nemecek Talks About The Con of Wrath

The SciFi Christian ‘Feuds’ It Out With The SciFi Diner About The Fringe Finale


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On the menu tonight:

  • An Interview with Larry Nemecek about the up and coming Con of Wrath Movie
  • Falling Skies and Stargate Trivia for a Walking Dead Prize
  • The SciFi Christian podcast feuds it out with SciFi Diner over the Fringe Finale
  • SciFi Five in Five with J.P. Harvey: Top Five SciFi Novel Sets



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Our interview with Larry Nemecek:

… and you can help!

Back when there was only one STAR TREK… only one storied cast … and a fandom not yet the juggernaut of pop culture … came the ULTIMATE FANTASY.

It was supposed to be the granddaddy of all Star Trek conventions — and wound up as the mother of all meltdowns.

This one weekend in June 1982 saw the rise, and fall, and rise again of a dream, wrapped up in one of our most retro-cool moments in film history: How one ambitious Houston fan and his band of friends sold the dream—the first-ever, all-cast Star Trek extravaganza … complete with laser shows, orchestral hoopla and a revolving arena stage—and then just failed to sell the tickets.

It’s a car wreck of a story about a con staff who go into shock when the truth is revealed … fans kicked out of their unpaid hotel rooms … dealers who “pass the hat” to keep the doors open … and the unsuspecting Hollywood folk who walk into this disaster and face a PR nightmare.

And it’s also my story, my first coming-of-age con road trip—and I’m thrilled, after all this time, to preserve it for the ages in my first film project, “THE CON OF WRATH.” (Best of all, I didn’t even have to make up that title: that’s really what they were already calling it by weekend’s end … just a couple weeks after the smash debut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.)

So how does this all begin? Let me put it this way:



—The Project:

We’re going to go back to where it all began and grab all the orignal crew right there in Houston who built the dream, saw it implode—in somes cases, literally!—and then did their damnedest to carry it out anyway. We’ll be back onsite at the old Shamrock Hilton Convdention Center and the onetime Summit arena … and round up tales of hope and horrror from as many volunteers, dealers, hotel vendors and of course attendees as possible.

Of course, the Hollywood contingent had their own heroics, and so far both producer HARVE BENNETT and WALTER “CHEKOV” KOENIG are aboard—and more to come—to help recount their own disaster in all its glory.

It’s a very produceable project with a modest budget, and my editor David Dobson and cameraman Neal Halford are as excited as I am. Acclaimed artist and longtime freind Kevin Hopkins has already designed the graphic logo.  We began filming in April, and hope to premiere by the Ultimate Fantasy’s 30th anniversary in 2012.

Now, with all that, we need just one more piece of the puzzle: YOU.



—Were YOU There?

Are you a survivor of the “Con of Wrath”?

Do you have pics or even video to share?

Hey, we’ll accept your vivid memories, too… so stay tuned: we’ll be announcing soon how you can record your own tale and submit it for inclusion.

At the same time, you can also submit any photos or video you have from The Ultimate Fantasy, as well—it all deserves to be part of the record. If you make the cut, you’re in! And your place in one of fandom’s most infamous moments will be assured.


The SciFi Feud


We debate the SciFi Christian podcast how good the finale was on Fringe Season Three.  If you want to watch the Fringe Finale, you can do so below and make your own judgements.

The SciFi Five In Five

J.P. Harvey: My Overall Five Favorite SciFi Novels/Series:

1.  Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein
2.  Dune (the original trilogy) – Frank Herbert
3.  The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov
4.  The “Share” Series (from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper) – Nathan Lowell
5.  John Carter of Mars (the entire eleven volume series) – Edgar Rice Burroughs  (Not sure if this is really Sci Fi, but I’m counting it)

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