Kevin Shirley

Star Trek: An Ever-Expanding Universe

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The penultimate panel of Trek Track at Dragon Con 2017, which convened in Hilton Galleria 2–3 Monday afternoon, featured Keith R.A. DeCandido. The author of over two dozen novels plus a number of novellas, short stories, eBooks and comics, DeCandido offered his insights into a more than 50-year-old universe that continues to expand. DeCandido began by pointing out that the vast majority of Star Trek books are available in ebook form, the only exception being some of the earliest original
 
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A Long-Awaited Return: Garrett Wang

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Garrett Wang has directed the Trek Track at Dragon Con for 8 years. He does so because he loves Dragon Con, loves entertaining people, loves science fiction, and is a nerd at heart. Usually his duties keep him so busy that he doesn’t even try to conduct his own Q&A. Even with a great staff helping him out, his job is challenging. Just ask him about trying to wrangle the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation at Saturday’s panel!
 
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'We’re All Nerds in Atlanta!': William Shatner

‘We’re All Nerds in Atlanta!’: William Shatner

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William Shatner fielded a wide range of questions Sunday morning in the Hilton Salon. He apologized for his limited movement but explained that a pinched nerve in his back, caused by an accident at a horse show in Kentucky, had slowed him down a bit. He may have slowed a bit physically but Shatner’s wit and stage presence were in full form. The questions launched with a question about Better Late than Never. The reality-travel show starring Terry Bradshaw, George
 
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The Masterpiece: 40 Years of Star Wars

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Fans gathered in the Hilton Grand West Sunday afternoon to discuss the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope. Tom Hutchens, Caitlin Pleasher, Chadwick Miller, Charlotte Errity, Kevin Reitzel, and Michael Morris brought different generational perspectives and experiences that spanned the gamut of Star Wars fandom. Panel moderator Tom Hutchens began by asking the panel to share their first encounters/impressions of the film. Whether coming to it as part of watching the first six, seeing it in the
 
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Drowned in Moonlight: Remembering Fisher and Baker

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Last year saw the passing of two of the Star Wars family’s founding members: Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) and Kenny Baker (R2D2). The Dragon Con Star Wars track took time to reflect upon their lives and legacies on Saturday afternoon in Hyatt Centennial I. Sue Kisenwether, Christy Morris, Michael Faulkner, Sarah Dempster, Bruce Gibson, and moderator Bryan Young led fans through memories of Fisher and Baker. Fisher’s strength and courage dominated the discussion. Living in the fishbowl of Hollywood, with
 
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“Thank God for Star Trek”: The Next Generation

“Thank God for Star Trek”: The Next Generation

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On Saturday afternoon, the Hilton Grand Salon ballroom was home to one of the most dynamic and entertaining panels this year as the stars of Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG) literally took command of the room. Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner launched the hour with an “improve” that had to bring back memories of the fun they used to have during production. The very large crowd was filing in and rather than wait
 
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Everybody Loves Their First Doctor

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The Hilton Crystal ballroom hosted the BritTrack panel “Doctor Who—Season 10 in Review” Friday afternoon. A veteran fan panel including Allison Lane, Andrew Hartley, Robert Bowen, Robert Lloyd, and Dr. Scott Viguié escorted the assembled Doctor Who fans through season ten. The discussion began, naturally, with the Doctor and especially the growth of Peter Capaldi. The consensus across the table was that this year (his last) was Capaldi’s best. Viguié declared: “The writers got him right just in time for
 
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Rockin’ the Track with Klingon Karaoke

Rockin’ the Track with Klingon Karaoke

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After a full and successful launch of the 2017 Trek Track at Dragon Con, team Star Trek welcomed fans into the Hilton Galleria Friday night for “Klingon Karaoke.” A steady stream of fans signed up to perform, and with each song, the crowd became more and more engaged. Performers had obviously planned ahead, time and again tying their song selection to their persona. Among the many outstanding renditions showcased during the evening several stood out, including the Borg drone “1
 
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