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Come See Me at Star Trek: Mission New York

By Phil Plait

On Sept. 8, 1966, NBC aired the first regular episode of a new TV show called Star Trek. It had a bit of a rocky beginning, and had a rocky end three years later. But like Spock himself it would be resurrected and go on to become a major force in popular culture.

I don’t need to give you details; if you read my blog, you probably know them as well as I do. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Trek, with more than 700 episodes and a dozen movies covering that time span.

Holy cripes. That’s a lot of Trek! But hey, it’s well-loved, including by me. And that’s why I’m as happy as a tribble in an overhead bin of quadrotriticale to let y’all know that I’ll be at the Star Trek: Mission New York convention to celebrate the show’s golden anniversary.

The con is kind of a big deal. Actors from all the series will be there; just look at the guest list: William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and lots more … including me.

Writing that is strange but also good.

The con will be from Sept. 2–4 at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. We haven’t ironed out the details of what I’ll be doing just yet, but I expect it’ll include talks about science and astronomy (Trek related? Count on it!) and panels as well. I’m hoping to do something with some of the actors, too, but all that is TBD.

Given that this is part of the huge 50th anniversary celebration, I’d urge you to get tickets early if you want to go.*

I’ve got some other things I’m doing for the big anniversary as well, and I’ll let you know here and on the usual venues when those come up. I’m terribly excited about all this. Trek really was a big inspiration for me (proof), and now to be able to be a part of it in some small way is just a dream come true. My sincere thanks go to my friend Holly Amos for making this all possible, too.

P.S. If you're wondering about the picture of me, it's a crop from this. The full story is pretty cool

* Boldly, of course.

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