Last Saturday (6/13/15) was Sci-Fi Saturday at The York Emporium. This is an annual event that we’ve done for the past 6 or 7 years. It’s a fun day.
We typically will show a movie (this year: Forbidden Plant) and play some games. There was a tournament, with prizes, on our original and vintage “Space Invaders” arcade game (2200 was the high score this year), play trivia and generally let our inner geeks come out to play.
We also have guests who come to play with us.
This year we had six currently working science fiction authors join us: Peter David, Robert Greenberger, Michael Jan Friedman, Aaron Rosenberg, Glenn Hauman, and Russ Colchamiro. These are very talented guys. Editors for DC and Marvel comics; authors who have produced movie tie-in novelizations. And Star Trek novels.
One of the things they have in common is that they have ALL written Star Trek novels. (Another thing they all have in common is that they have all signed my copies of their various novels.)
There have been upwards of 150 novels involving the characters of the various Star Trek television programs that includings TOS (The Original Series), TNG (The Next Generation), DS9 (Deep Space 9), VOY (Voyager) and ENT (Enterprise). The movies have also been novelized. There have also been series of novels of close spin-offs (such as Starfleet Academy and Starfleet Engineering Corps).
Perhaps the best part of Sci-Fi Saturday, at least as far as I was concerned, happened on Friday night when I took three of the guys to dinner at the White Rose.
Peter David was there. He is probably the biggest name we’ve ever hosted. Not only has he written Star Trek novels, but he worked with James Doohan (“Scotty” from TOS) on his autobiography. He’s written the tie-in novels for several movies (i.e., Batman Returns). And he authored some 12 years’ worth of The Incredible Hulk for Marvel. Michael Jan Friedman was also there. He was actually the subject of one of our trivia questions (“How many novels has Michael Jan Friedman published?” The answer is 73.)
Also at the table was my P,LSB*. That pretty much made it the best part of the weekend because not only did I get to enjoy her company, but I was able to enjoy her company without the rolling-of-the-eyes that usually accompanies my forays into the ways of geekdom.
We were able to swap Star Trek trivia (“What was Yeoman Rand’s cabin number on the Enterprise?” “ In how many episodes did Spock smile?”). I was with the masters and was actually able to (almost) hold my own.
But, yeah, the rolling-of-the-eyes came out in the car on the way home. I just smiled at her and suggested she live long and prosper…or words to that effect.
*P,LSB = Poor, Long-Suffering Bride