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Shore Leave wrap-up

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 & The Roast

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!

My trip to Germany & FedCon XX

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…)

Shore Leave 32 Schedule

This year marks my seventh time attending the Shore Leave convention as an author guest.  I’ll be plenty busy at this year’s con, being held July 9–11 at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn in Timonium, Md., so if you’re looking for me, here’s where I’ll be.

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Friday, July 9

Before 7pm — running around like a madman getting ready for the Roast

7pm–9pmThe 2nd Annual Shore Leave Comedy Roast: Funeral for the Career of Michael Jan Friedman (VALLEY ROOM)
Featuring roastmaster Bob Greenberger, David Mack, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Ilsa J. Bick, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, special guest Peter David, and cameo appearances by several notable Star Trek writers, and pre-recorded celebrity video clips by actress Felicia Day and lead vocalist Eric Bloom of Blue Öyster Cult.

10pm–MidnightMeet the Pros (HUNT-VALLEY FOYER)
Come and meet the convention’s author guests, buy the latest releases, and get them autographed!

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Saturday, July 10

3pmStar Trek Vanguard (DERBY)
Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Marco Palmieri, and David Mack discuss the series to date and what’s coming up in future tales of the Taurus Reach.

4pmStar Trek: Typhon Pact (DERBY)
David Mack, Dayton Ward, Marco Palmieri, Keith R.A. DeCandido talk about the upcoming post-Destiny miniseries and the Federation’s newest 24th-century rival power.

5pmLOST: The Authors’ Forum (HUNT)
Hear what a bunch of writers who never worked on the show think of it and its finale. Featuring Marco Palmieri, Bob Greenberger, Howard Weinstein, Ann Crispin, and Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Sunday, July 11 (updated 7.5.10)

10amTime Travel Gives Me a Headache: Time Travel in Star Trek (CHASE)
Christopher L. Bennett, Greg Cox, Ann Crispin, Howard Weinstein, David Mack

11amThe 4400: Finishing the Series in Books (SALON F)
Greg Cox, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, David Mack

NoonYou’ve Seen the Show, Now Read the Comic (SALON E)
Glenn Hauman, David Mack, Dave Galanter, Keith R. A. DeCandido

2pmProse and Cons: Star Trek Novel Series (SALON E)
Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, David Mack, Kirsten Beyer

3pmI Can Explain That! (SALON A)
Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and I (among others) demonstrate our boundless capacity for spinning bullshit.

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Plus, there is a very high likelihood that I will be sticking around to the con’s bittersweet end to enjoy the comedic stylings of Mystery Trekkie Theater at 5pm on Sunday.

I’ll be bringing for sale a few complete sets of my hard-to-find Star Trek comic-book miniseries Divided We Fall, so if you’re missing this gem from your collection, this is your chance to get it!  Also, I’ll be bringing copies of my new SCORPIUS comics from BOOM! Studios, for the curious…

If you’re attending Shore Leave, I look forward to seeing you there!

Less than a month until Shore Leave…

Ah, I love this time of year.  Barbecuing on my terrace, enjoying warm afternoons with a cold beer…

…and, the second weekend of July, the convention known as Shore Leave. This fan-run convention in the Baltimore area features a huge lineup of author guests, including many notable (and notorious) Star Trek novelists.  It also draws some pretty serious media celebrity guests — this year’s roster includes Edward James Olmos and Katee Sackhoff from (among other things) Battlestar Galactica, Torri Higginson from Stargate Atlantis, Kevin Sorbo of Hercules, and more.

I love going to this convention to see my author buddies. Many great memories have been made hanging out in the hotel bar trading stories until last call (and beyond).

And now, on top of all that, I look forward to the roast.  This year our guest of honor (read: victim) is Michael Jan Friedman, the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 books, numerous comic books, and a produced episode of Star Trek Voyager (though why anyone would admit that, I’ll never know).  It’s shaping up to be a great show, and I think it’s one that the fans and the pros will all enjoy.

Now, after last year’s roast of Keith R.A. DeCandido, some folks asked me if we had taped the show. We had, and I produced a DVD of the event. We are doing the same thing this year for Mike’s roast (though hopefully better than we did last year). Before anyone asks, the DVDs are only for the performers, senior crew members, convention bigwigs, and those on the VIP comp list.

You might ask, “How does one get on the VIP comp list?” Easy, you become one of my co-producers, a job that for most people will entail no actual work. If you want to know more, e-mail me…