Last weekend, I had the honor and pleasure of being a featured guest of the fourth annual Geek Media Expo. The convention, which offers a diverse slate of programming to appeal to a wide range of self-professed “geeks,” was held at the Cool Springs Conference Center & Franklin Marriott in Franklin, TN, a close suburb of Nashville.
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I will be a featured guest this weekend at Geek Media Expo (aka GMX Vol. 4), which is taking place at the Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin, TN (just off I-65, near Nashville).
My schedule for the weekend:
7PM–8PM — Opening Ceremonies
Come meet me and the convention’s other featured guests!
10PM–11PM — Star Trek: From Paper to Screen
Garrett Wang (“Harry Kim” on Star Trek Voyager) and I will discuss the behind-the-scenes aspects of working on Star Trek, from the conception and writing of the episodes, to the rehearsal and filming.
10AM–1PM (or thereabouts) — Orion Slave Auction
Palomino/Quarter Horse/Mustang rooms
I will be participating in the con’s charity auction by offering to name a character in the next Star Trek novel I write after one lucky bidder. If the winner bids high enough, they might even get a cool death scene and be mourned by a canonical Star Trek character.
1PM–2PM — Storycraft with Friends II: Write Harder!
I and three other featured author guests (Janine Spendlove, Bryan Young, and Dennis Upkins) will lead the con’s “Book Channel” featured event: an interactive session in which we help the audience craft a “genre-defying” short story in real time. I’m not sure how this will work, but my friends at GMX tell me it promises to be tres cool.
2PM–3PM — Talking Heads! Q&A with Author Guests
Come and ask me and the con’s other author guests whatever you want to know about our work, or upcoming projects, and our careers.
3PM–5PM — Autographing
I don’t know where this will happen, exactly, but I might be sharing a table with another author in the Dealer’s Room. When I know for certain, I will post the info on my Twitter feed and Facebook Author Page. It will be my pleasure to autograph any of my works that you bring to the table. And in case you were wondering: I do not charge for autographs.
1PM–3PM — Autographing
Again, details on where this will happen will be posted on my Twitter feed and Facebook Author Page.
I’m looking forward to meeting the fine fans of Tennessee, so please make the effort to come out and say “hi”!
Yesterday, I received my 4-Day Pro badge for New York Comic Con, where I’ll be speaking on panels and signing copies of my newest novel, Star Trek: The Next Generation — Cold Equations, Book I: The Persistence of Memory (assuming copies of the book actually show up in time for the convention).
The fine folks at NYCC were sure to remind me in the letter that came with my badge that it is “non-transferrable.” In other words, it’s not for use by anyone but me. There’s just one problem: the 2012 NYCC badges don’t have a space for the bearer’s name. So how will they know if people loan them out?
This is also kind of annoying for another reason. When I’m doing book signings at big events like comic cons, it’s helpful to see fans’ names on their badges when I’m trying to get the inscriptions right on their books.
I understand why NYCC can’t print customized badges for each pro attendee, but it would have been nice if they had left us some place to write or paste in our own names. Ah, well. Another con, another gripe.
Now, if we can just get NYCC to actually list me as a guest, and realize that I’m the David Mack on the Saturday 4:45PM panel, “More Than Just a Book: Expanded Universes from Page to Screen”, this might turn out to be less than a total fiasco of a weekend.
I’m exhausted, so I’ll keep this short.
Friday night’s comedy roast of Bob Greenberger was a real hoot, and it raised over $800 for the American Red Cross. I am enormously grateful to all the members of the tech crew who helped make it happen, all the performers who took part, all the volunteers who helped make it a success for charity, and the audience who came out to share the evening with us. Most of all, I wish to thank my good friend Robert Greenberger for being such a good sport as the guest of honor.
Saturday and Sunday went by in wild blurs, as they always do at Shore Leave. But it was terrific to be able to hang out with and talk to so many fellow Star Trek authors, especially David R. George III, Kirsten Beyer, William Leisner, Scott Pearson, Amy Sisson, Dave Galanter (and his lovely new wife Simantha), and my good friends Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore, as well as my old pals Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg (and his wonderful wife Jenifer and their adorable children, Arthur and Adara), and my buddy and partner-in-crime, Alan “Sizzler” Kistler.
Last but not at all least, I must sing the praises of my wife, Kara, who worked her ass off on Friday to help make the roast happen. She was up and working at 7AM that morning, and she spent the day helping the tech crew assemble the stage, the lighting towers, and run electrical. Then, that afternoon and evening, she served as the director and stage manager of the roast. I often say that I could not do what I do without Kara, but in this case it was literally true: Without her, that show simply would not have come together. She made it work and shine, just as she does with everything else in my life. For that and a hundred thousand other reasons, I love my wife.
And that was my Shore Leave for 2011.
Shore Leave 33 is a mere two months away! First of all, I hope that any of you who live within travel distance of Baltimore who’ve been on the fence about attending the convention will choose to join us, as this year’s author/scientist guest list is truly impressive. To name just some of the scheduled attendees:
Rigel Ailur, Lorraine Anderson, Mike W. Barr, Christopher L. Bennett, Kirsten Beyer, Greg Cox, Ann C. Crispin, Peter A. David, Keith DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Dave Galanter, David R. George III, Allyn Gibson, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Kevin Lauderdale, William Leisner, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, Scott Pearson, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M. Schoen, Paul Simpson, Amy Sisson, Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein, and Richard C. White!
I’m also told there will be some actors at the con: Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13), John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Emilie Ullerup (Sanctuary), Gary Lockwood (Star Trek – TOS), Sally Kellerman (Star Trek – TOS), and Cliff Simon (Stargate SG-1).
Plus, the con will kick off Friday, July 8, at 7PM with this awesome event:
For those of you who plan to attend the roast, special premium seating in the front rows will be reserved for guests who come to the roast wearing one of our official BOB T-SHIRTS from our Shore Leave Roast store on Cafe Press.
If you’d like to get your name in the credits of, and get on the comp list for, a free DVD of the show, visit my website to learn EDIT: Link removed.
Here’s hoping to see many of you this July in Baltimore!
Well, I’m back from my long-anticipated trip to Deutschland, and Europe’s largest Star Trek/SF convention, FedCon — and what a fantastic trip it was!
First off, I need to thank my German publisher, Cross Cult, and one of its top executives, Andreas Mergenthaler, for inviting me to attend FedCon as their guest, for paying my airfare and hotel costs, feeding me and buying me drinks for five days, and for helping me to really enjoy my first visit to Germany.
The rest of this post is going to be rather long, so I’ll put it behind the cut to spare the disinterested. (more…)