SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 213 – Michael Schilling on Why
You Should Take Shore Leave at Shore Leave 36
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Luke Skywalker’s uncle Owen has just purchased two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Luke has been assigned to clean and maintain them. In the process of working on R2-D2, Luke discovers that his ‘little friend’ is carrying a secret message, delivered by a beautiful holographic woman. When Luke asks C-3PO if he recognizes this woman, does C-3PO specifically identify her?
Shore Leave 36
Shore Leave 36 will take place this year August 1-3, and will include many fomous guests and notable authors. “Shore Leave is one of the oldest and largest all-Volunteer sci-fi conventions in the U.S. [It] celebrates the best in science fiction and fantasy, past and present.” Trek guest stars this year include Star Trek: Voyager‘s Robert Picardo and Michael Welch (Star Trek: Insurrection). Leonard Nimoy will be making a guest appearance via Skype. The eighty-three-year-old Nimoy is only doing convention appearances via Skype now, and his Skype appearance at Away Mission in Tampa earlier this year was very well received by attendees.
Other media guest stars include Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate SG-1), Teryl Rothery (Stargate, Caprica), Eve Myles (Torchwood, Dr. Who), Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm, 24), and Star Trek Seekers Cover Artist Rob Caswell.
For fans of Star Trek literature, Shore Leave is the place to be. This year’s list of author guests includes: Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Dave Galanter, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Jim Johnson, Jeffrey Lang, William Leisner, David Mack, Steven H Wilson, Marco Palmieri, Aaron Rosenberg, Melissa Scott, Kevin G Summers, Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein, and Richard C White. Fans can get their books autographed in the Meet the Pros event.
There will also be science guests at Shore Leave 36, and entertainers including The Boogie Knights, and Luna-C. Other Shore Leave 36 events include an afternoon tea, Ten-Forward Dance, Masquerade/Talent Show, Gaming Room, Blood Drive, Art Show, Science Programming, stargazing, and various workshops. There is also programming for children and teenagers.
The Sixth Annual Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament will also take place during Shore Leave 36. This event raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is held in honor of the late Robbie Greenberger, son of Trek Author Robert Greenberger. The poker tournament will be held Saturday night, immediately after the masquerade. This tournament is played for chips only, and winners of the tournament will be awarded certificates. The Sixth Annual Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament is for a good cause and participants will have fun competing against one another.
The Tardis Photo Booth will be making its appearance at Shore Leave 36. “The Tardis Photo Booth is a scale replica of a 1960′s era Police Public Call Box, the iconic time-traveling vehicle used by The Doctor in the Doctor Who series. This fairly accurate representation of the T.A.R.D.I.S. provides an opportunity for fans of the show to be photographed with it. “Along with the box, there’s a full scale, operator-driven Dalek, built to the scale of the Daleks used for the first three Doctors. At times, ‘Derek,’ as it is known, will travel around, interacting with convention members and posing for pictures. Finally, there is also a full-scale talking K-9, introduced by the 4th Doctor. The Tardis attendants appear in costume, covering Doctors three, four, ten and eleven, along with Amy Pond, The Master, and more.”
Shore Leave 36 will take place at the Hunt Valley Inn, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, from August 1-3. You can find out more and pre-register by going here.