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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…

My Convention Schedule Round-up

Okay, folks. I’ve finally gotten around to registering to attend a few conventions this year. I don’t know how many I will have signing events at, but one never knows, eh?  Better to be prepared.

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C2E2 (Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo)

April 16–18, 2010, McCormick Place, Chicago
Look for me at the BOOM! Studios booth, where I’ll be signing debut copies of Farscape: Scorpius!

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Shore Leave 32

July 9–11, 2010, Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn, Timonium, Md.
In addition to signing books Friday night from 10pm-midnight and speaking on panels throughout the weekend, I’ll be producing and performing in The  2nd Annual Shore Leave Comedy Roast for Charity (to benefit the American Red Cross), on Friday, July 9, 2010, from 7pm–9pm. Our guest of honor (read: roast victim) will be Michael Jan Friedman.

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Comic-Con International 2010

July 22–25, 2010, San Diego Convention Center
TENTATIVE: If I attend this show, look for me at the BOOM! Studios booth, where I’ll be signing copies of the first four issues of Farscape: Scorpius. I might also visit the Simon & Schuster booth to sign various Star Trek titles, as well as my novels based on Wolverine and The 4400.

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Dragon*Con 2010

September 3–6, Atlanta
TENTATIVE: I’ve applied for a guest membership to Dragon*Con but have not heard from the convention organizers. If I attend this show, look for me at the BOOM! Studios booth, where I’ll be signing copies of the first four issues of Farscape: Scorpius.

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New York Comic Con 2010

October 8–10, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City
TENTATIVE: I’ve confirmed my attendance but not any panels or activities. If BOOM! Studios has a booth at this show, expect to find me there promoting Farscape: Scorpius. If Simon & Schuster sets up shop on the show floor, I might also spend some time there to promote the December release of my next Star Trek novel, Zero Sum Game, which is the second book in the four-part Typhon Pact miniseries.

My Shore Leave Schedule

Well, I got my program schedule for Shore Leave, and it’s a train wreck, just like last year’s.


Friday, July 10

7pm–9pm: The Roast of Keith R.A. DeCandido for Charity
Hunt Ballroom — Don’t miss this rude, crude, hilarious tribute to tie-in fiction’s newest Grand Master.

10pm–Midnight: Meet the Pros
Hunt/Valley Foyer — Stop by for chit-chat and book signings with me and lots of other authors. I’ll be premiering my new original novel The Calling here 11 days before it officially goes on sale!


Saturday, July 11

No program items.  Yup, you read that right; it’s not a typo. I have nothing to do on Saturday.  Anyone want to get lunch?

I was scheduled on a “Farscape Continues” panel with Greg Cox and Keith DeCandido, but I begged off because … well, there’s no reason for me to be on that panel.

Saturday will be all about me hawking The Calling at the book-seller’s booth. I might also go off-site to see a movie.


Sunday, July 12

10am–11am: Star Trek Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows
Salon E — A discussion with several authors of the recent Mirror Universe short-story anthology.

11am–12pm: Writing to Music – The Muse That Inspires
Hunt Ballroom — The panel’s title pretty much sums it up.

12pm–1pm: Classic Star Trek: What Gene Knew
Hunt Ballroom — This will be me, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and editor Margaret Clark extolling the virtues of the original series.

1pm–2pm: Post-Destiny — Now What Will the Federation Do?
Hunt Ballroom — Speculation and vaguely informational teases about upcoming books will abound at this TrekLit panel.


The above is also not a typo; I have been scheduled for four non-stop hours of programming on Sunday morning, a time when everyone knows I’m such a joy to be around on during a convention weekend (or any other weekend).

What I find especially vexing about this is that it’s pretty much the same thing they did to me last year. Really, it’s not that hard to put a few TrekLit items on Saturday and a few on Sunday, so what the hell?

Set phasers to “roast”

Now that it’s being publicly promoted by the convention, and has been crowed about by its GoH, I guess it’s safe for me to post this news.

This year’s Shore Leave convention in Hunt Valley, Md., will be kicking off with a bawdy new event:

The First Annual Shore Leave Comedy Roast for Charity

The inaugural year’s guest of honor is none other than bestselling author, IAMTW Grandmaster, and all-around awesome guy Keith R.A. DeCandido (aka kradical to LJ users).

Serving as roastmaster for the evening will be Shore Leave’s one-man cult of personality, Bob Greenberger.

Filling out the roast panel for this inauspicious event will be … (drumroll, please) …

David Mack (that’s me)
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
Kirsten Beyer (appearing on video)
Michael Jan Friedman
Marco Palmieri
Glenn Hauman

and our special guest …

Peter David!

Download the high-resolution flier (JPEG, 1.8MB) for the event and be in the Hunt Valley Marriott’s resplendent Hunt Ballroom on Friday July 10 at 7pm. Spend an hour drinking and mingling with the roast panel and the guest of honor (because we’ll all be funnier once the audience is drunk).

All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Those of us on the dais will be making contributions of $50 in Keith’s name to this deserving charity, and we’ll be inviting all attendees to donate $1 or $5 or whatever you’re willing to give, and to sign up for the convention’s annual blood drive.

If laughter is the best medicine, here’s hoping we’ll see you all in Health! (Apologies to Stephen Colbert…)

Update: Upcoming Appearances

I will be participating on panels and sitting for book-signings at a number of upcoming conventions. So far the list includes:

New York Comic Con
February 6–8, 2009
Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
Panel:Star Trek in Print” — Sunday, Feb. 8 from 11am–Noon
Signing: At the Pocket Books booth — Sunday, Feb. 8 from 12:30pm–1:30pm

Lunacon 2009
March 20–22, 2009
Hilton Rye Town, Rye Brook, NY
I will be attending Saturday only; panels only, no signings

I-CON 28
April 3–5, 2009
Brentwood, Long Island, NY
Panels only, no signings

Shore Leave 31
July 10–12, 2009

Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD
Signing: Friday, July 10, from 10pm–Midnight
Panels all weekend long
SPECIAL NOTE: I will be premiering my first original novel, The Calling, at this convention!

I’ve also applied to be a guest at this year’s Dragon*Con in Atlanta — more on that when I hear back from the con!