Greetings, nerdlings! It has been an insane month of August, what with the excellence of Star Trek Las Vegas (which I promise I will write about), last weekend’s Cherry Hill, NJ convention and now the crowning jewel upon my Trek convention crown, Mission NY. Taking place this weekend, September 2-4, at the Javits Center in NYC, Mission NY is the first Star Trek convention of its kind! Run by CBS in conjunction with ReedPop – they run New York Comic Con, among many others – Trekkies will descend upon NYC for the first all-Star-Trek convention there in many, many years. This event has a grand scale that is thus far unmatched in the Star Trek scene, even by STLV, and I am really excited to be part of it and to see how it all shakes out.
Here are my panels, as well as some other cool things to check out this weekend! I hope you come say hi to me after my panels or if you spot me on the convention floor!
Trek Talks: An Examination of Literature & Star Trek – Friday, September 2 at 3pm in room 1A23
Literary references are often featured throughout the Star Trek series’, furthering the plot and allowing the audience to relate to a common experience in our cultural consciousness. Amy Imhoff (Shoes & Starships, Legion of Leia, ScreenPrism) and additional expert panelists Anika Dane, Jonathan Alexandratos, and Anastasia Klimchynskaya discuss the role of literature – from children’s lit to detective noir and everything in between – in the franchise and how it cements Star Trek’s place in pop culture. Audience interaction encouraged!
Trek Talks: A Feminist Fandom – Saturday, September 3 at 4pm in room 1A23
Join Amy Imhoff (Shoes & Starships; Legion of Leia), Angelique Roche (Black Girl Nerds), Laurie Ulster (TrekMovie.com) and Holly Amos (CBS) as they discuss the ways Star Trek has shaped their feminism, their fandom and their everyday lives. From career choices to personal confidence, Star Trek provides powerful examples for generations of women. Bring the ladies in your life and celebrate the geek within!
The Women of Star Trek Reflect on 50 Years – Sunday, September 4 at noon in room 1A10
Trekspert Amy Imhoff hosts a panel featuring some of the most beloved actresses behind the women of Star Trek – Terry Farrell, Marina Sirtis, and Nana Visitor – as they discuss the feminist impact their characters have had, what they’ve taken away from their years as part of the franchise, and what they hope current and future fans gain from Star Trek.
Ok, can I just say that I’ve loved Terry (Jadzia Dax) and Nana (Major Kira) since I was about 10? As for Marina (Deanna Troi), I loved her at age 7 and thought she was the coolest, prettiest Star Trek lady EVER. I am essentially beside myself that this is my life, that I am hosting a panel featuring these amazing women I’ve looked up to for so long. I got a little taste of it in Cherry Hill this past weekend with Nana, since she sat on my Women in Trek panel with Sue Kisenwether from Women at Warp. It was soooo epic.
Here are a few other cool things going on this weekend – aside from the cast appearances on the main stage, of course – that I’m really looking forward to attending.
The First Convention and How it Helped Resurrect Star Trek, Friday at 4pm in room 1A23 (right after my literature panel!) – The first Star Trek Convention, in New York City in 1972, began as a crazy idea with a shoestring budget that created ripples all the way to the Klingon Empire and helped put the Enterprise back in space. Original organizers Stuart Hellinger, Elyse Rosenstein, Joyce Yasner, and Devra Langsam will share tales of how their perseverance and fandom enabled them to directly create the first Trek convention that paved the way for Star Trek: Mission New York 2016 and so many other cons, and indirectly contributed to propping up the entire property and its future episodes and films.
The Science of Star Trek, Friday at 6:15pm in room 1A10 – From communicator to replicators, warp drive to transporters: Star Trek has fired our imaginations and led to real world inventions. In StarTalk fashion, our scientist host astrophysicist (and major Trekkie) Dr. Charles Liu, co-host/moderator Chuck Nice and guests will explore the science behind the science fiction. Schedules permitting, other panelists could include regular StarTalk co-host (and Trekkie) Leighann Lord, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Dr. Janna Levin, Dr. Emily Rice, Dr. Mike Massimino, or possibly any Star Trek actors or writers attending the convention.
Could include Neil dGT! Or Bill Nye! It is a surprise! I can’t wait to see who is there.
Trek Talks: NASA, Sunday at 1:30pm on the main stage – NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts often cite Star Trek as inspiring them to pursue careers in their fields. In fact, Nichelle Nichols even helped NASA recruit astronauts in the 1980’s. Today, NASA is turning science fiction into reality. Humans now live and work in space full time on the International Space Station. Scientists are exploring potentially life-harboring worlds in our solar system, while discovering thousands of new planets orbiting distance stars. NASA continues its goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030’s. How does NASA’s vision of the future mimic the world of Star Trek and where does it differ? What technologies in the Star Trek world have paved the way for real technologies being developed by NASA? Robert Picardo moderates this discussion that will be accompanied by special video content featuring both NASA and Star Trek talent.
I would like to note that this panel was my idea and I shared it with the ReedPop organizers. So excited!!!
That’s all the info you need, and now it is time to rock out with your Spock out. Star Trek’s official birthday is September 8, and next week I will be celebrating all things Trek in conjunction with TrekMovie.com as we live tweet, post fun articles, speculate about Star Trek: Discovery and generally pay tribute to this amazing franchise that has brought us all together in the spirit of hope for a better, more inclusive future. Look out for a post from me on how Star Trek has impacted my outlook on life, brought me some incredible friendships, and inspired me to advocate for women in fandom. Until then, Live Long & Prosper!