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The corpse that is Star Trek shudders back to life

27/07/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Planet Xpo and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame have partnered to do a US Star Trek 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration set for September 8th-10th, 2006. Most the cast that are still alive will be there.

Star Trek alumni confirmed to appear include original series cast members Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Grace Lee Whitney, Majel Barrett Roddenberry and Gary Lockwood; from ST: Next Generation, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis; from ST: Voyager, Jason Alexander, Tim Russ and Garrett Wang; from ST: Enterprise, John Billingsley; from ST: Generations, Alan Ruck and Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek visionary, Gene Roddenberry.

On the science fact side, speakers will include Martin Cooper, inventor of the first portable cell phone; Dr. Marc Raymond, Director, Deep Space 1 at Jet Propulsion Laboratories; Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer; Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute; noted Star Trek physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss and Pat Hoar, Spaceflight Manager with Space Adventures Ltd.

Other guests will include sci-fi artist Michael David Ward, screenwriter Tracy Torme and authors Greg Bear, Jeff Greenwald and David Marinaccio.

The weekend will feature three days of presentations and panels by actors, authors, entrepreneurs, and scientists exploring how Star Trek has changed the world over the past 40 years. Star Trek actors will reminisce about their remarkable experiences, offer behind the scenes anecdotes and open the floor to the fans for Q&A sessions.

An exhibit of intergalactic art works by world-renowned Michael David Ward will be on display all weekend.

The world premiere of "To Serve All My Days" starring Walter Koenig, director Robert Burnett's presentation of "Free Enterprise" starring William Shatner, Tim Russ' presentation of "Roddenberry On Patrol" and Nichelle Nichols' presentation of the trailer for her new forthcoming movie, "Lady Magdalene," will highlight the event's film festival.

The weekend will culminate with Jason Alexander starring as an "evil Captain Kirk" with a cast of Star Trek alumni in a staged radio play written by Walter Koenig and Tracy Torme.

A dealer's room, featuring a vast array of licensed Star Trek and other science fiction merchandise from across the galaxy will be open all three days of the convention.

Planet Xpo is a live event production company that presents quality science fiction and science fact events around the country. In August of 2004, Planet Xpo presented the Beam Me Up Scotty... One Last Time James Doohan Farewell Star Trek Convention and Tribute in Hollywood, Calif.

The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame was founded by Paul 'Microsoft' Allen, SFM is a nonprofit organisation that relies on the financial support of the community and corporate partners.

More details over at http://www.planetxpo.com

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