WorldCon To Celebrate Star Trek AnniversaryBy Michelle
May 4, 2006 - 9:15 PM
The 2006 World Science Fiction Convention, L.A.con IV, has extensive plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek.
A post in L.A.con IV's LiveJournal recalled that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and writer Sam Peeples attended the 24th Worldcon, then held in Cleveland, Ohio, to preview Star Trek in 1966. The pair showed original pilot "The Cage" and another episode and brought costumes to display. This year's Worldcon will have dozens of Star Trek-related appearances, graphics, props, and an updated costume display.
Stars scheduled to appear include the original series' Walter Koenig (Chekov), The Next Generation's Marina Sirtis (Troi), Deep Space Nine's Andrew Robinson (Garak) and Suzie Plakson, who appeared on The Next Generation as K'Ehleyr, on Voyager as Q and on Enterprise as Tarah. Writers appearing will include original series scripters DC Fontana, David Gerrold and Robert Sabaroff.
There will also be screenings of the parody films Free Enterprise and Galaxy Quest along with Q&As by the writers, panels by the creators of fan series Star Trek: New Voyages and Hidden Frontier, slide shows on Star Trek: Phase 2, Enterprise and the history of fandom, a presentation and display of graphics by Mike Okuda and a presentation by special effects supervisor Ronald B. Moore.
Gerrold will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the first-night welcome reception, this year modeled after the Babel Conference Ambassadorial Reception from the original series' "Journey to Babel." The convention will take place from August 23rd-27th in Anaheim, California.