Session Descriptions

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Roy Bjellquist: Remembering “Space: 1999

A retrospective look back at this spectacular science television series of the 1970’s. Highlights of the discussion will include the evolution of the series; the differences between the two seasons; the impact of the changes between Years One and Year Two; and fandom today.

James Cawley: Building the Enterprise

The true story of one super fan’s quest to recreate the ship we love.

Stuart Foley and Samuel Cockings: Trekyards – Star Trek Hero Ships of the Small Screen – 50 Years of Evolution

How has the Enterprise and other Star Trek Universe vessels evolved over their 50 years of service? What has changed, and why? Find out the inspiration behind the ship design with Trekyard’s Stuart Foley and Samuel Cockings (Samuel via Skype).

Stuart Foley and Samuel Cockings: Fleetyards – Star Wars VS Star Trek Ships – A Universe of Difference

Star Wars celebrates its 40th anniversary this year! What better time to look at the ships of the Star Wars Universe and compare them to the Ships of the Star Trek Universe. What design influences are present in both? Can the Enterprise take on a Star Destroyer? Find out with Stuart Foley and Samuel Cockings (Samuel via Skype).

Dave Galanter: Star Trek as heroic fiction

Remembering that the best heroes, like anyone, are flawed, conflicted, and therefore interesting. And yet, we wish to be like them and see ourselves in them.

Joey Gates: It’s A Collectors World

Looking to join the vast world of collecting? Learn how to tell authentic collectibles apart from the fakes and where to find the real bargains! Joey Gates has been collecting toys for over 20 years and even owns a local business dealing in all things collectible. Starting with “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” action figures, he’s developed a healthy respect and understanding for all things collectible. Join him as he goes onstage to talk all things collectible and teach you the ins and outs of this diverse and grand world! He’ll bring along his extensive knowledge of Mego, Pop! Vinyl, “Star Wars” toys, and a whole slew of tips and tricks of the trade! Onstage with him will also be some of his most prized possessions and one-of-a-kind collectibles!

Tara Theresa Hill: The Spirit Hour

There’s nothing like a good ghost story! Listen to ghost story writer, Tara Theresa Hill, talk about her favorite ghostly encounters. Feel free to share your paranormal experiences with the group as well.

Brian Holloway: Saving Face – A Closer Look at Star Trek Makeup

A complete Vulcan makeup application from start to finish. Learn insider tips and tricks to the most realistic looking appliances! This is a 2 hour demonstration!

Brian Holloway: Start at the Beginning – A Closer Look at the Final Frontier

Here we take a closer look at creating the TOS look from scratch yourself. Tips and tricks on how to create the shirt, pants, and where to get the boots.

Brian Holloway: The Supply Run

With the advent of fan forums, group chatrooms, and the seemingly endless array of “professional resources” that permeate the net these days, where can you REALLY go to get the supplies you need. We will look at supply houses, online ordering sites and the like to find the fabrics but also the zippers, boots, buttons, and other things that make your costume just right. From the cheapest to the pricey……we will cover as many as we know of.

Brian Holloway: Acting for Stage and Screen…Or Your Own Backyard!

Join Brian Holloway in discussing the methods used to create characters that can be used on stage or screen. We will discuss character creation, the acting process, and answer questions you may have about how to do your best on your own.

Brian Holloway: The Best Trek that is Not Trek

A look at Galaxy Quest and The Orville – are these subtle nods to Trek? Bonus, just for fun, a look at Star Trek: Discovery: What have we seen so far, what do we think, and what are our hopes for the show?

Erik Johnson: Mad Science Handbook

Lecture and demonstration with a review of my new comic style project book. In this session you will learn a bunch of my best tricks for Cosplay.

Terry Morgan: Magic for Kids and Adult Kids

Join veteran professional magician Terry Morgan as he entertains with magic and legerdemain. Then get to unlock his secrets and try the tricks for yourself as he teaches a few magic tricks and demonstrates how they are done!

Steve Pielock: Pielock’s Particularly Pleasing Prop Presentation

Join Steve Pielock as he talks all about props. You WILL be pleased!

Tobias Richter: Bringing the Enterprise to Life

Professional VFX artist Tobias Richter demonstrates the computer skills needed to bring the Enterprise from a simple sketch to a fully rendered, working ship in space. His skills are second to none, and the details he incorporates are absolute perfection. You will not believe it is a computer model, his work is so exact. Find out how it’s done in this panel – fascinating to both the tech savvy and the merely curious alike!!

Kent Schmidt: 40 years: A Star Wars Retrospective.

From A New Hope to Rogue One: Kent Schmidt looks at everything awesome about the Star Wars franchise. Walk through the entire epic saga from the very beginning and try to piece together clues to where it is headed in the next films.This program element is in the process of being developed and will be announced soon. Stay tuned for up-to-date information!

Kent Schmidt: Original BSG vs. New BSG: May the best Battlestar win!

A comparison of both the shows and the ships. Could a 1979 Viper beat a 2004 Cylon Raider? Are the design changes an improvement? Which is your favorite? An open conversation about all things BSG.

Shyaporn Theerakulstit: The Science of Nerds: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

From Empire To Federation – Comparisons Of Ancient And Future Technology

As our civilization rapidly approaches the singularity, it is important to examine the possible form that event will take, by studying far away civilizations of a long time ago, and those exploring the final frontier.

Shyaporn Theerakulstit: The Science of Nerds: How To Become The Batman

Origins And Training Secrets Of The Dark Knight Detective

In a world of super-powered aliens, ancient magics and mutant menaces, what are mere mortals to do in order to survive? One man has shown us a way – the Batman. In this lecture, we will explore the training secrets of the Dark Knight detective to learn how to reach the pinnacles of human achievement; both to better ourselves, and stand… in the face of gods and monsters.

Shyaporn Theerakulstit: The Science of Nerds: Godzilla

History, Biology And Behavior Of Hyper-evolved Theropod Kaiju

Tsunami, earthquake, hurricane and typhoon all rolled in one, Godzilla, “King Of The Monsters”, has both plagued and benefited humanity for over half a century.

By examining the origins and zoology of this force of nature, people and nations will be better equipped to deal with the awesome destructive power of our radioactive visitor from the Cretaceous.

Dr. Ronald Held: Where Will We Be in 2366? Part 1

Assuming there will be no warp drive developed in a hundred+ years, here are some techniques to take humans to the stars.

Dr. Ronald Held: Where Will We Be in 2366? Part 2

Building on the previous lecture, what systems might humanity have visited by 2366 given these travel techniques, and why might we go there based on what we know now?

Dr. Matthew Szydagis: Is Time Travel, Especially Into the Past, Possible? What Does Real Physics Have to Say?

Time travel has never ceased to capture our collective imagination, in science fiction media and literature, and Star Trek is no exception. In this talk, I will review what is actually realistic given our most up-to-date understanding of the laws of physics, especially Einstein’s theory of general relativity, taking the audience on a cosmic journey from wormholes to black holes to Tipler cylinders, stopping along the way at a discussion of what is actually occurring in terms of real-life experimental research towards time travel nearby on the East coast of the U.S. I will conclude with a prediction of where we could be 100 years from now.

Dr. Willie Yee: How to Get Started in Astronomy—Cheap

Many SF fans have at least a passing interest in astronomy and the space program. For many, buying a telescope seems the first step in further pursuing astronomy. Dr. Yee will explain why this is not a good idea, and will present a plan for engaging with the heavens that will not break the bank, and will ensure a quality observing experience from the start. He will also be available to answer any questions about astronomy and the Great American Solar Eclipse which happened last weekend.

Dr. Sonny White: Faster than Light – Warp Drive

This is a video of a presentation made by NASA’s Advanced Propulsion Lead, Dr. Harold “Sonny” White, recorded at SpaceVision on 8 Nov 2013.  It discusses his current research which involves attempts to create and measure a weak warp field using a warp field interferometer.  After the film, a short presentation will be made of updates to Dr. White’s research since 2013, including the new EM Drive.