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Dr. Ronald Held

Ronald Held has a Ph. D in astrophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a fan since TOS, Star Tek has inspired his research and presentation topics.

Jim Yager “Uncle Jim”

My name is Uncle Jim, I’ve been doing a Star Trek podcast, Trek Talking, since 2015. I’m a Klingon fan, and have been, and always shall be a Trekkie.

Dave McOwen & Dani Riedel

Seriously Nerdy Comedy is a group of East Coast stand-up comedians dedicated to telling the nerdiest jokes at all the nerdiest places. Dave McOwen is a professional museum nerd, DC-based comedian, and retired US Air Force flight medic. He has performed at the DC Improv, at an assortment of comic/sci-fi conventions across the country (including […]

Andrew Liptak

Andrew Liptak is a writer and historian from Vermont. He is the author of Cosplay: A History (Saga Press, 2022), and his work has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Gizmodo, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lifehacker, Slate,, VentureBeat, The Verge, and other publications. He writes a newsletter, Transfer Orbit, which explores the state of science fiction, reading, […]

Professor Matthew Szydagis

Dr. Matthew Szydagis grew up with Star Trek: The Next Generation and after watching Lt. Cmdr. Data he realized that science officer was the position for him. He received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2005, 2006, and 2011 respectively, then continued his work in physics as a postdoctoral scholar […]