D*C Tracks Cover SF TV Highlights

Dragon*Con is a haven for science fiction fans whose favorite genre is television media. According to Marc Berman, a TV analyst for www.mediaweek.com (as reported in Thursday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), “the end of the X-Files [in 2002] signaled the end of a golden era for sci-fi” on television. Even though Buffy may have “slain her last vampire” on first-run, primetime TV (per AJC), Dragon*Con still offers tracks catering to fans of long-cancelled and happily current SF series.

Identified by AJC as the “heavyweight” of television SF, The X-Files (1993 to 2002, Rest in Uneasy Peace) has its own track at Dragon*Con. The X Track offers programming on Sunday and Monday exclusively in the Marriott’s Sydney meeting room (on the Marquis & Imperial Ballroom level).

Dubbed a “cult classic” by AJC, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a track at Dragon*Con. Hard-core fans awake Sunday morning can meet the bad boys of Buffy and spinoff Angel at 10:00 a.m. in the Centennial I ballroom at the Hyatt. All remaining Buffy track programming on Sunday and Monday is located in the Cairo room on the Hyatt Embassy Hall level.

Star Trek: Enterprise, the only surviving Star Trek franchise in production, is suffering from the indignity of a move from Wednesday night prime viewing time to Friday evening dead-time, according to AJC. But whatever iteration of Star Trek is your fandom choice, the Dragon*Con TREK/Star Trek/Trek Track has it all. The Hyatt’s Regency VI-VII ballroom is the venue for two special events Sunday, the TrekTrack Filk Concert (2:30 p.m.) and the 2004 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant. A “don’t miss” event, the sixth annual pageant of well-armed lovelies will capture the Regency VI-VII ballroom at 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Other TREK programming is scheduled in the Baker room on the Hyatt Conference Center level.

Stargate SG-1, a TV “survivor” with its genesis in 1997, is featured in the AMTV/American SF Media track. Additional survivors included on the AMTV track are Smallville (2001 to present), Charmed (1998 to present) and genre-bender newcomers Tru Calling and Joan of Arcadia (both airing from 2003 to present).

Author of the article

Amy L. Herring (Louise Herring-Jones) writes speculative fiction, with a preference for historical fantasy and alternate mystery. Her stories, appearing in fourteen anthologies, include “The Poulterer’s Tale” in God Bless Us, Every One—Christmas Carols beyond Dickens (Voodoo Rumors Media, 2019). Amy is a NaNoWriMo co-municipal liaison. She also coordinates the Huntsville (Alabama) Literary Association’s writers’ group. Visit her online at http://www.louiseherring-jones.com.