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Erick Avari
Star Trek vs. Stargate

        It's no surprise that Erick Avari has deftly adapted himself to roles that span a range of more that two dozen ethnicities: that is, if you call Bajoran and Klingon "ethnicities."  His childhood in Darjeeling, a mystically beautiful Himalayan town in northern Indian, uniquely prepared him for a career that has taken him from the cricket field to outer space and back several times.  The town is a crossroads for people from Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and other exotic locales, as well as a favorite vacation spot for aristocratic Europeans and, in the 1960s and '70s, a required stop for youthful Americans and Australians on the so-called "hippie trail."
        "In Darjeeling, it was necessary to learn several languages to be able to communicate with the limitless variety of people we met from the Dalai Lama, when he fled Tibet, to the royal families of Bhutan and Sikkim.  My primary language is obviously English, but I learned Nepali, Bengali, Hindi and Gujerati as a child, and with them the customs of a polyglot nation.  Tenzing Norgay, who surmounted Everest with Sir Edmund Hilary, lived around the corner," Avari remembers.
        "My father had been Chief Game Warden of the West Bengal Forests as a young man, and his cronies came from all over the world to visit the jungles around us.  Canadian and Belgian Jesuits staffed the schools I went to.  It was as international a place as New York or Los Angeles, although on a much more intimate scale."
        His childhood also introduced him to the joys of the cinema early on.  Both his parents came from families that owned movie theaters throughout India and other parts of Asia.  His maternal great-grandfather was a theatrical producer during the Victorian era, known for introducing women to the Indian stage.
        "We saw at least two films a week in English, at my father's theaters, the Capitol and the Rink.  If we wanted, there were Hindi and Bengali movies as well.  My family always knew I'd be in the film industry, but I don't think that this is what they imagined," he laughs.
        "It's crazy when I think about it now.  I didn't know anything about professional training programs, I knew no one in the United States, but I knew that I had to be here."  After several years of college in India, Avari won a scholarship to the College of Charleston in South Carolina and he was on his way to America.
        A career awaited him that would include Broadway plays, major motion pictures and hit TV series, as well as the requisite years of struggle.  Erick was featured in three recent films: Mr. Deeds, Adam Sandler's take on the classic Gary Cooper film; Three Days of Rain, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and Master of Disguise, Dana Carvey's return to the big screen.  In 2003, he was seen in Daredevil, starring Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, and Searching of Haizmann.  In 2005 he starred in Dancing in Twilight.
        Erick's credits include leading roles in films from Kevin Reynold's cult classic The Beast of War, as well as commercial megahits such as Planet of the Apes, Stargate SG-1, Independence Day and The Mummy.  His comedic skills have landed him starring roles in For Love or Money and Woody Allen's only TV film, Don't Drink the Water.
        A lengthy theatrical background has garnered him critical acclaim for roles at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City, including his portrayal of Vasquez in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and the Broadway hit, The King and I. He has had the pleasure of performing in some of the most prestigious regional theaters in the country including The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Chicago's Goodman Theater, and The Cleveland Playhouse, playing roles such as the King in King Lear and Joseph Smith in the Mabou Mines production of The Morman Project.
        On television, in addition to his recurring role as Kasuf on Stargate SG-1, Erick played Klingon bureaucrat B'iJik in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification, Part I," Bajoran Vedek Yarka in the Deep Space Nine episode "Destiny," and Novan leader Jamin in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Terra Nova."  Erick has also played notable roles on The West Wing, Law and Order, Family Law, NYPD Blue, and several movies of the week.  Erick has been working at becoming an overnight success for the past twenty years.

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Joel Bellucci
"Amateur" Star Trek
Star Trek vs. Star Trek
The Missing Minority
Joel is a marine scientist, web designer and 3D artist.  His marine experiences range from photo-ID studies of bottlenosed dolphins to diving under the Antarctic ice sheet.  He's been a contributor to 3D Artist Magazine as well as to numerous local newspapers and magazines.  He's also active in Florida's Tampa/St. Pete GLBT community through the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, for which he's done film trafficking for the last three years.  He is single-handedly responsible for converting innumerable individuals (15, actually) to the joys of The Next Generation and would like to think that he is somehow responsible for the success of Patrick Stewart's career.
        Joel is also a cast member on---and visual effects artist for---the upcoming fan-produced Star Trek series, Star Trek: First Voyages, a spin-off of the popular Star Trek: New Voyages.

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Autumn-Skye Boothe
The 2006 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Autumn-Skye is the owner of Majestic Productions USA, producers of the Miss Virginia Galaxy, Miss Atlantic Shores and Miss American Majesty beauty pageants.  She has over 17 years of pageant experience, spanning from her first title as Miss Columbia National Teenager in 1987 to her most recent crowning as Ms. Maryland East Coast USA 2005, and is a certified judge in the Maryland MAO (Miss America Organization).  A former Miss Virginia Galaxy and Miss US Galaxy queen, she graduated Columbia College with honors at age 15.  Since then, she has helped coach five national queens and numerous runners-up as the owner of Queen's Court Coaching.  Autumn-Skye has since completed a post-baccalaureate degree and also does consulting work with a major insurance company in addition to directing pageants.
        Recently married, Autumn-Skye has two children: daughter Audrey, age 11, and stepson Stephen, age 12.  Her husband Carl is a sales manager who helps the family business as co-director of their three pageant systems.  Autumn-Skye loves collecting Titanic items, antique Good Housekeeping magazines and Depression glass.  She enjoys taking Carl and the family to Riverdogs hockey games whenever possible, as well as watching Desperate Housewives and of course, keeping Starbucks in business through a healthy addiction to their Iced Chai Latte.
       Autumn-Skye has served as a judge for the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant for the last five years, and TrekTrak is pleased to welcome her to the 2006 pageant!

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James Callis
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica
James grew up in London where he attended Harrow School in North West London.  In 1990, he went on to study for a BA in English and Related Literature at the University of York, where he was a member of Derwent College.  After graduating from York in 1993, James gained a place at the renowned London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts, from where he graduated in 1996.
        James made his West End debut in Old Wicked Songs alongside Bob Hoskins in 1996, earning him the London Critics' Circle's Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer.  He appeared at the Almeida Theatre in George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma in 1998, and at the Soho Theatre in London in 2002, in Peter Ackerman's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight.  He broke into television in 1996 with a guest role on the British series Murder Most Horrid and with a recurring role in the ensemble of the long-running U.K. drama Soldier Soldier.  James went on to appear in a number of telefilms and miniseries, including The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999) and Jason and the Argonauts (2000), and played Bridget's pal Tom in the hit movie Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).  He co-wrote and co-directed the film Beginner's Luck (2001), in which he starred against Julie Delpy, Steven Berkoff and Fenella Fielding.  His more recent work includes the USA Network miniseries Helen of Troy.
        Currently, James plays the role of Dr. Gaius Baltar, President of the Twelve Colonies, on the newly "reimagined" Battlestar Galactica on The Sci-Fi Channel.
        James has two sisters and lives in London with his wife Neha and their son Josh, who was born in 2003.  Apart from acting, directing and writing, the multitalented man also plays piano and guitar to performance level.

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Melissa Carter
Star Trek vs. Star Trek
The Missing Minority

Melissa is part of "The Bert Show" mornings on radio station Q100 in Atlanta and is the only full-time out gay DJ in the city.  She served as Grand Marshal for the 2002 Atlanta Gay Pride parade and was featured in the national lesbian magazine Curve in 2003.  In September 2003, Melissa appeared in an episode of the Fox Television drama The O.C.
       Some of her early influences include Lt. Uhura, Dr. Beverly Crusher and Deanna Troi.  Kira Nerys, Seven of Nine and Captain Janeway continued to mold Carter well into her 20s.  Melissa has attended Dragon*Con for several years and has been spotted at other Trek conventions in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and New Jersey.
       This is Melissa's fourth appearance on TrekTrak!

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James Cawley
"Amateur" Star Trek

Professional Star Trek Costume-Building
Star Trek: New Voyages

James had the idea to create a new series based on the original Star Trek in 1997, and over the years, amassed a huge collection of set pieces, props and costumes with one goal in mind: to reclaim the spirit of Trek.  He worked with original series and Next Generation costume designer William Ware Theiss, co-executive producer Max Rem and co-producers James Lowe, John Muenchrath, Amanda Stryker and Jeff Quinn to put together a team that has brought the Roddenberry spirit, ideals and philosophy of Star Trek to an all-new production of episodes set in the fourth year of the original series' five-year mission.  James plays Captain James T. Kirk in this fan-produced series, called Star Trek: New Voyages.

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Yvonne Craig
Star Trek Guest Stars

Yvonne Joyce Craig is an American actress best known as Batgirl from the 1960s TV series Batman.  She originally trained to be a ballet dancer, but gradually moved into acting.  Yvonne has appeared in several films, including roles with Elvis Presley and Dennis Hopper.  She appeared in the sequel to Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, as a Russian ballet dancer opposite James Coburn.  She steadily appeared in television shows of the 1960s, most notably as the green-skinned Orion slave girl Marta in the 1969 Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy," until she gained the role of Batgirl on the 1960s Batman TV series.  Although the Batman TV show has been criticized as "campy," many have praised Yvonne's portrayal of Batgirl as paving the way for many other television heroines in the years that followed.  Yvonne appeared in the last season of the series and was often put in "peril" situations as Batman and Robin previously had been.  She was rescued many times by the Caped Crusaders.
        After Batman, Yvonne continued to act in movies and television shows, but eventually moved into private business.  She maintains her own web site and is commonly regarded as courteous to her fans.

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Ann C. Crispin
Star Trek Authors' Cavalcade II
Ann is the author of the bestselling Star Wars novels The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit and Rebel Dawn.  She's also written four top-selling Star Trek novels: Yesterday's Son, Time for Yesterday, The Eyes of the Beholders and Sarek.
        Ann's most famous genre work was writing the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries V.  She went on to collaborate on two more books in the V series, East Coast Crisis with Howard Weinstein and Death Tide with Deborah Marshall.
        Ann and noted fantasy author Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together.  Both Gryphon's Eyrie and Songsmith are still in print from Tor Books.  Andre Norton's recent passing has brought increasing demand for her works.  Ann and Andre were friends for nearly 30 years.  Andre Norton was the first woman to be declared a Grand Master in the field of science fiction and fantasy by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
        Ann has been active in SFWA since soon after joining the organization in 1983.  She served as Eastern Regional Director for almost 10 years and then served as Vice President for two terms.  Ann and Victoria Strauss created SFWA's "scam watchdog" committee, Writer Beware, in 1998.  Ann still serves as the Chair.  Writer Beware is the only professionally sponsored group that warns aspiring writers about the numerous scam agents and publishers that infest the Internet these days.  Ann and Victoria have assisted law enforcement in bringing several infamous con artists to justice.
        Ann has not confined herself to writing media-related fiction.  Half her work is in her own original universes.  Her major science fiction undertaking was the StarBridge series for Berkley/Putnam.  These books, written solo or in collaboration with gifted new talents, centered around a school for young diplomats, translators and explorers, both alien and human, located on an asteroid far from Earth.  Series titles are StarBridge, Silent Dances, Shadow World, Serpent's Gift, Silent Songs, Voices of Chaos and Ancestor's World.
        StarBridge Book One was placed on the American Library Association's Young Adult Services Division's list of Best Books of 1991, and Silent Dances (Book Two, co-authored with Kathleen O'Malley) made the 1991 Preliminary ballot for the Nebula, the award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  Serpent's Gift (Book Four, with Deborah A. Marshall) was placed on the 1993 Recommended Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library.  Book Five, Silent Songs (also written with Kathleen O'Malley) was nominated for the A.L.A. Young Adults "Best Books" list.
        Ann's newest work is an original fantasy trilogy for Harper/Eos, The Exiles of Boq'urain.  Storms of Destiny was released in 2005, and she is hard at work on Book 2, Winds of Vengeance.  Book 3, Flames of Chaos, will be her next project.
        Ann has taught many writing workshops since becoming a full-time professional in 1983.  Her teaching credits include a semester-long "Writing for Profit" course at Charles County Community College, two two-day writing workshops for Harrisburg Area Community College, a two-day writing seminar at Towson State University and numerous mini-workshops at science fiction and Star Trek conventions, where she is a frequent guest.  She currently teaches writing workshops at Anne Arundel Community College and Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

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Denise Crosby
Star Trek vs. Stargate
The TrekTrak Show
The 2006 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
TrekTrak Presents: Denise Crosby
Denise Michelle Crosby was born in 1957 in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Dennis Crosby and the granddaughter of the legendary singer Bing Crosby.  She is best known for her brief appearance as Security Chief Tasha Yar on the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Although she has enjoyed an extensive film and television career from the 1980s through 2003, her Star Trek appearance of only 22 episodes, plus several guest appearances in later seasons, remains her most widely recognized role.  Following her appearance on Star Trek, she posed for the May 1988 issue of Playboy magazine.
        She produced and narrated the 1997 documentary Trekkies and its 2004 sequel, Trekkies 2.  She has also appeared in movies such as Red Shoe Diaries, Pet Sematary, 48 Hours, Deep Impact and the television series Days of Our Lives.  She most recently completed work in the role of Leslie in the upcoming film Mortuary, due for release in 2005.

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Joe Crowe
Star Trek vs. Star Trek
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica
The TrekTrak Trivia Challenge

Joe is a science fiction writer, reviewer and stand-up comedian.  He is the senior editor of RevolutionSF.com, an online magazine dedicated to commentary, insight and humor in science fiction and other genre entertainment.
        For over seven years, Joe has written RevolutionSF News, which looks at happenings in the worlds of science fiction in a comedic style similar to Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
        He is the writer of the parody Lord of the Rings: The Novelization, which has been called "Swiftean in its satiric eloquence" and "the worst piece of garbage I have ever read."
        Other writings include "Open Letter to Sci-Fi TV Executives," "Who Mourns for Enterprise?" and "Hall of Lame: Best of the Worst Characters in Sci-Fi."
        Joe co-hosts RevolutionSF Radio, which features RevolutionSF News and comedy sketches like "Live Action Fanfic Theater."
        Joe lives in Fultondale, Alabama, with his wife Stefanie and daughter Quin.

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Jon Cunningham
"Amateur" Star Trek
Jon is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in film and animation.  His student film, Waterfall, won a Director's Citation at the Black Mariah Film Festival.  In Los Angeles, Jon co-wrote and produced the pilot presentation for The Privateers.  He also designed space ships and sets for that presentation.  Jon also directed and produced a short for that project called Beach Blanket Buccaneers.  For his first feature, Demon Under Glass, Jon wore many hats.  In addition to co-writing the script, Jon directed and designed many of the sets and major props.  His last Star Trek-related gig was editing Gabriel Koerner's Really Bad Star Trek short for the Trekkies 2 DVD and designing the man-eating pineapples for it.

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Peter David
Star Trek Authors' Cavalcade I
TrekTrak Presents: Peter David
Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades.  He has worked in every conceivable media: television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them.
        In the literary field, Peter has had over fifty novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Publishers Weekly described him as "a genuine and veteran master."  His novels include Sir Apropos of Nothing (A "fast, fun, heroic fantasy satire"--Publishers Weekly) and the sequel The Woad to Wuin, Knight Life, Howling Mad and the Psi-Man adventure series.  Probably his greatest fame comes from the high-profile realm of Star Trek novels, where he is the most popular writer of the series, with his title Imzadi being one of the best-selling Star Trek novels of all time.  Peter is also co-creator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books.  A partial list of his titles include Q-Squared, The Siege, Q-in-Law, Vendetta, A Rock and a Hard Place and, with John deLancie, I, Q.  He produced the three Babylon 5 Centauri Prime novels and has also had short stories appear in such collections as Shock Rock, Shock Rock II and Otherwere, as well as Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
        Peter has written more comics than can possibly be listed here, remaining consistently one of the most acclaimed writers in the field.  His resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens and many others.  He has also written comic book-related novels, such as The Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast, and co-edited the Ultimate Hulk short story collection.  Furthermore, his opinion column "But I Digress" has been running in the industry trade newspaper The Comic Buyers Guide for nearly a decade, and in that time has been the paper's consistently most popular feature and was also collected into a trade paperback edition.

        Peter is the co-creator, with popular science fiction icon Bill Mumy (of Lost in Space and Babylon 5 fame) of the Cable Ace Award-nominated science fiction series Space Cases, which ran for two seasons on Nickelodeon.  He has also written several scripts for the Hugo Award-winning TV series Babylon 5, and the sequel series Crusade, as well as the animated series Roswell.  He has also written several films for Full Moon Entertainment and co-produced two of them, including two installments in the popular Trancers series, Trancers 4: Jack of Swords and Trancers 5: Sudden Death, as well as the science fiction western spoof Oblivion, which won the Gold Award at the 1994 Houston International Film Festival for Best Theatrical Feature Film, Fantasy/Horror category, and the sequel, Backlash: Oblivion 2.
        Peter's awards and citations span not only an assortment of fields, but the globe.  They include: the Haxtur Award 1996 (Spain), Best Comic script; OZCon 1995 award (Australia), Favorite International Writer; Comic Buyers Guide 1995 Fan Awards, Favorite writer; Wizard Fan Award Winner 1993; Golden Duck Award for Young Adult Series ( Starfleet Academy #1: Worf's First Adventure) 1994; UK Comic Art Award, 1993; Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, 1993.

        Recently his work was again nominated in two categories for the Eisners, and in the recent SFX Readers Awards he was the sixth most popular author in the field, with four of his books finishing in the top ten in their category.
        Peter lives in New York with his wife, Kathleen, and his children, Shana, Gwen, Ariel, and a player to be named later.  And even though this may not be the best year to admit it, he's a Mets fan.
        For more information about Peter, visit his web site, www.PeterDavid.net.
        This is Peter's thirteenth year on TrekTrak!

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Don S. Davis
Star Trek vs. Stargate

Don is a respected character actor, a nationally exhibited painter, a woodcarver, a designer, a former theater professor and a captain in the U.S. Army.  He began working in the film industry while teaching at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in the early 1980s, but left teaching to pursue acting full-time in 1987.
       Aside from his seven seasons as Major General/Lieutenant General George Hammond on Stargate SG-1, Don is perhaps best known for his recurring roles as the father of Gillian Anderson's Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files and as Major Garland Briggs on Twin Peaks.
       Don has appeared in numerous feature films, including The Fan, Alaska, A League of Their Own, Hook, Cadence, Needful Things, Mystery Date, Look Who's Talking, Con Air, Best in Show and The 6th Day.  He was a recurring player in the Stephen J. Cannell CBS series Broken Badges and has guest-starred on a multitude of shows, including Northern Exposure, L.A. Law, Knots Landing, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Nightmare Cafe, M.A.N.T.I.S., The Outer Limits (episodes "Living Hell" and "Voice of Reason"), Poltergeist: The Legacy, The Sentinel, MacGyver and UPN's The Twilight Zone.  Don recently guest-starred on the Stargate Atlantis episode "Home."
       Don has had featured roles in the television movies Fire on the Mountain, Stepsister, Tricks, Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue, In Cold Blood, Showtime's The Prisoner of Zenda, A Dream Is a Wish the Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, One More Mountain, Columbo: A Bird in Hand, Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster, Omen IV: The Awakening, Posing, Kurt Vonnegut's Theatre: All the King's Horses and The Ranger, the Cook and the Hole in the Sky, as well as the miniseries Atomic Train.
       Davis currently resides with his wife just outside of Vancouver and spends his spare time honing his artistic talents and trying to improve his golf game.

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Keith R.A. DeCandido
Star Trek Authors' Cavalcade I
What's Coming Soon to Trek in Print

Keith is an author, editor, musician, book packager, critic, essayist, anthologist and karate student.  He probably does some other things, too, but he can't remember them due to the lack of sleep.  In the Star Trek universe, he has written eleven novels---two Next Generation, two Deep Space Nine, three IKS Gorkon and four cross-series---ten Starfleet Corps of Engineers eBooks, five short stories, one novella and a comic book miniseries.  Coming in 2007 are two more Trek novels: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent, the Voyager portion of the Star Trek: Mirror Universe event in the spring; and Q&A, which is one of the post-Nemesis novels being released to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of The Next Generation (and yes, it guest stars who you think).  In addition to all this writing, Keith is a freelance editor for the Trek line, having edited three anthologies, several novels and is responsible for the monthly Star Trek eBook line.  He has also written in the universes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Marvel Comics, Doctor Who, Serenity, Gene Roddenberry's
Andromeda, Farscape and a whole lot more.  In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith is a professional percussionist, currently a member of Dragon*Con musical guests the Boogie Knights, a practitioner of kenshikai karate, and devoted follower of the New York Yankees.  Find out less about Keith at www.DeCandido.net.

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Aaron Douglas
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica

Aaron was born in 1971 in New Westminster, British Columbia, has a reputation for being a prankster and is known for the uncanny ability to turn any subject or conversation into a comedy routine.  After graduating from high school, Aaron studied at the William Davis Centre for Actors in Vancouver and performed with the Okanagan Shakespeare Company.  He has appeared in such feature films as Man About Town, White Noise, Catwoman, I, Robot, The Chronicles of Riddick, Walking Tall, Saved!, Paycheck, X-Men 2 and Final Destination 2.  On television, Aaron has appeared on such shows as The Dead Zone, Andromeda, The L Word, The Chris Isaak Show, Jeremiah, Black Sash, The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, Smallville and Dark Angel, as well as The Sci-Fi Channel's miniseries Steven Spielberg Presents Taken.
        Currently, Aaron is portraying Chief Galen Tyrol in The Sci-Fi Channel's hit series, Battlestar Galactica.

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Ken Feinberg
Star Trek Guest Stars
Atlanta native Ken Feinberg earned his degree in filmmaking, directing and writing from the University of Georgia with minors in Drama and Art.  For more than ten years, he has directed, written, acted in and produced acclaimed major plays, videos and short films in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Atlanta.
        After working on both stage and screen in New York, Ken relocated to Los Angeles in the early '90s, where he continued performing and writing as a member of the prestigious Hollywood Repertory Company, Theater Geo and others.  It was in the Hollywood Repertory Company that Ken coauthored and produced the play Real Life Photographs, nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award.
        In 1994, Ken returned to Atlanta, directing the Southeast premieres of major Broadway award-winning shows: Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio and Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden.  Ken directed other acclaimed plays, including the world premieres of many original shows.
        In 1996, Ken became the Artistic Director of New Leaf Productions, where he wrote and directed two popular shows: Schampagne and Shtik, a gala toast to Vaudeville, and the musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, now being considered for a Broadway run.
        In 2004, Ken was named one of 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans, along with Julia Roberts, by Jezebel magazine, Atlanta's version of Los Angeles Magazine, and he was interviewed by People magazine for their most eligible bachelor issue in 2001.
        Ken continues to write, having had a play published by Yale University Press: Peter and Wendy in Neverland, and the recent completion of his first novel, Basketball and Past Lives, which he's developing into a screenplay.
        Since returning to Los Angeles in 2001, Ken has directed two other short films and three original theater shows.  In 2002, he completed shooting Coming Clean, a twelve-character ensemble romantic comedy which he developed, cowrote and directed.  He has appeared in episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Alias and The District, and as the Alien Captain in the second-season Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Horizon."
        Ken continues his love of developing original works that not only entertain, but also enlighten and educate.

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Esther Friesner
Star Trek Authors' Cavalcade I
Esther is the author of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Warchild, Star Trek: The Next Generation: To Storm Heaven, Star Trek: Star Fleet Academy: Aftershock, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Starfleet Academy: Crossfire, and the Young Adult novelization of Star Trek: Insurrection.
        Esther was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A.s in both Spanish and Drama.  She went to on to Yale University, where within five years she was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish.  She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full-time author of fantasy and science fiction.  She has published twenty-seven novels so far.  Her most recent titles include The Psalms of Herod and The Sword of Mary from White Wolf and Child of the Eagle from Baen Books.
        Esther's short fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aboriginal SF, Pulphouse (The Hardback Magazine), Amazing and Fantasy Book, as well as in numerous anthologies.  Her story, "Love's Eldritch Ichor," was featured in the 1990 World Fantasy Convention book.
        Her first stint as an anthology editor was Alien Pregnant by Elvis, a collection of truly gonzo original tabloid SF for DAW Books.  Wisely, she undertook this project with the able collaboration of Martin H. Greenberg.  Not having learned their lesson, they have also co-edited Chicks in Chainmail, an anthology of Amazon comedy for Baen Books; Blood Muse, an anthology of vampire stories for Donald I. Fine, Inc.; and are currently working on Did You Say "Chicks"?!, the long-awaited sequel to Chicks in Chainmail.
        Ask Auntie Esther was her regular etiquette and advice to the SF-lorn in Pulphouse magazine.  Being paid for telling other people how to run their lives sounds like a pretty good deal to her.
        Esther won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story of 1995 for her work "Death and the Librarian," and the Nebula for Best Short Story of 1996 for "A Birth Day."  (A Birth Day" was also a 1996 Hugo Award finalist.)  Her novelette, Jesus at the Bat, was on the final Nebula ballot in the same year that "Death and the Librarian" won the award.  In addition, she has won the Romantic Times award for Best New Fantasy Writer in 1986 and the Skylark Award in 1994.  Her short story, "All Vows," took second place in the Asimov's SF Magazine Readers' Poll for 1993 and was a finalist for the Nebula in 1994.  Her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, Warchild, made the USA Today bestseller list.
        She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, two rambunctious cats and a fluctuating population of hamsters.

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Diana G. Gallagher
Star Trek Authors' Cavalcade II

Diana has written more than twenty-five Intermediate Reader and Young Adult novels in several series, including The Secret World of Alex Mac, Are You Afraid of the Dark, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Star Trek.  Her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Young Adult novels include Arcade and Day of Honor: Honor Bound, as well as the Starfleet Academy Young Adult novel, The Chance Factor (with Martin R. Burke).
        Diana lives in Florida with her husband, Marty Burke, four dogs, seven cats and a cranky parrot.  Although she had always wanted to be a writer, she spent several years teaching kids to ride horses and then spent a few more as a professional folk musician.  When she discovered science fiction and Star Trek via Star Wars, she not only discovered what she wanted to write, but also an outlet for expression in music and art.  While diligently pounding out a few million unsold words, she gained a certain notoriety among science fiction fans and space development advocated with her songs about humanity's future in space.  During the beginning stages of writing The Alien Dark, her first published novel, Diana also tried her hand at whimsical fantasy art.  What began as a means of paying convention expenses and having fun soon developed into a full-time artistic endeavor.  Best known for her hand-colored prints depicting the doglike activities of Woof: The House Dragon, she won a Hugo for Best Fan Artist, 1988.  However, when The Alien Dark finally sold, Diana decided she had to concentrate on writing.  She has written more then forty novels for all ages in several series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Star Trek.

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Kevin R. Grazier
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica
Dr. Kevin R. Grazier is currently the Science Advisor for the PBS animated series The Zula Patrol, as well as The Sci-Fi Channel series Eureka and Battlestar Galactica.  He also writes the monthly Battlestar Galactica TECH Blog on www.hollywoodnorthreport.com.  He has worked with Richard Hatch on both Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming and Great War of Magellan projects.
        Kevin is a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and holds the dual titles of Investigation Scientist and Science Planning Engineer for the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan.  Kevin's research involves long-term large-scale computer simulations of solar system dynamics, evolution and chaos with collaborators at UCLA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Auckland, Purdue University and the Space Science Institute.  At JPL, he has written mission planning and analysis software that won both JPL- and NASA-wide awards.
        Kevin has been featured in several documentaries; he co-hosted the premier episode of Discovery Channel's Science Live!  Kid's Edition and even co-anchored CNN's coverage of Cassini's Saturn orbit insertion with Miles O'Brien.
        In what passes for his spare time, Dr. Grazier teaches classes in basic astronomy, planetary science, cosmology and the search for extraterrestrial life at both UCLA and Santa Monica College.  He is also a planetarium lecturer at Los Angeles' famed Griffith Observatory, and is the interim director of the Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College.

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Richard Hatch
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica
Richard has enjoyed international recognition for more than two decades.  He has starred in such series as The Streets of San Francisco, for which he won Germany's Bravo Award, the equivalent of an Emmy Award, and the original Battlestar Galactica, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.  These two series continue to play throughout the world today.  In addition, Richard originated the role of Philip Brent on ABC's All My Children.
        Richard began his theatrical career with the Los Angeles Repertory Theater.  He starred Off-Broadway in several plays and musicals, including the Obie Award-winning play, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, in Chicago.  More recently, Richard starred in the musical Pepper Street and The Name Game in Los Angeles.
        In addition, Richard has starred in such movies for television as The Hatfields and the McCoys with Jack Palance, Addie and the Kings of Hearts with Jason Robards, Last of the Belles with Susan Sarandon, The Class of '65, The Hustler of Muscle Beach and the cult classic, Deadman's Curve, in which he portrayed Jan Berry of the musical group Jan and Dean.  He has also guest-starred in numerous television series, including Dynasty; T. J. Hooker; MacGyver; Murder, She Wrote and Jake and the Fatman.  His feature film credits include Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen with Michelle Pfeiffer, The Jungle, Prisoners of the Lost Universe, African Fever and Party Line.  Furthermore, Richard starred in The Hitchhikers, an adaptation of the Eudora Welty short story, with Patty Duke; Second Chance with Arte Johnson; and Renaissance, in which he starred and associate-produced.  Most recently, Richard completed filming The Battle for Mono Lake, a documentary which he hosted and narrated; the feature films Iron Thunder and Unseen, both genre films; and The Ghost, in which he stars with Michael Madsen and Brad Dourif.  Richard can currently be heard on Quaker Oat Meal television commercials in addition to other voiceover work.
        Richard has also written a series of Battlestar Galactica novels.  The first book, Armageddon, was released in July 1997, and the first edition sold out in only three weeks.  The sequel, Warhawk, was released in September 1998, followed in May 2001 by the third book of the series, Resurrection.  The epic odyssey continues in Rebellion, released in July 2002.  He has also been writing Battlestar Galactica stories for Extreme Comics and Realm Press.  In 1999, Richard wrote, co-directed and executive-produced a four-minute Battlestar Galactica trailer which not only won acclaims at science fiction conventions, but also in the worldwide press.  Richard also created, wrote and directed a 17-minute trailer for The Great War of Magellan, released in 2005, and he is in discussions to create a series and/or video game based on the story.
        Currently, Richard plays the recurring role of Tom Zarek, a political terrorist and member of the Quorum of Twelve, on the newly "reimagined" Battlestar Galactica on The Sci-Fi Channel.
        When not acting, Richard lectures and conducts workshops on acting, self-expression and communication throughout the world.  He has taught and lectured at the Learning Annex, the Learning Tree University, UCLA Extension, Orange Coast College, Maui Community College, the Whole Life Expo, Windstar, AMGEN, Rocketdyne, Mensa and Synergy One, as well as privately for groups and individuals.

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Torri Higginson
Star Trek vs. Stargate
One of Canada's leading actors---and a familiar face internationally through her roles in the TekWar franchise, the Academy Award-winning movie The English Patient and the miniseries Stephen King's Storm of the Century---Torri now brings to Stargate Atlantis, as Dr. Elizabeth Weir, the same talent and intensity that earned her a Gemini Award for Best Actress-Drama for the Canadian hit series The City.
        Born in Burlington, Ontario, Torri created her own earliest screen role as the star and executive producer of the 23-minute short The Photographer's Wife, made through a Netherlands company created to encourage young filmmakers.  She broke into episodic TV with a 1992 episode of Forever Knight and went on to appear in the telefilms The Women of Windsor and Family Pictures before landing the role of beautiful scientist Beth Kittridge in William Shatner's TekWar TV movies.  She reprised the role in the first several episodes of the subsequent series.
        After co-starring in the futuristic action film Jungleground (1995), she appeared in The English Patient as Mary, the nurse who, as Torri puts it, "didn't blow up."  Torri went on to major roles in such action and science fiction movies as Memory Run a.k.a. Synapse (1996), Airborne (1998), Charles Bronson's Family of Cops III TV movie (1999) and the miniseries Stephen King's Storm of the Century (1999).  Then came her breakthrough as lawyer and Toronto socialite Katharine Strachan Berg in the gritty CTV telefilm and series The City (seen in the U.S. as Deep in the City).
        Other works include the films Rats, Turning Paige, Irish Eyes and Crust, the Stephen King short Autopsy Room Four and guest appearances on series including Highlander: The Raven, The Outer Limits (the episode "Haven"), the docudrama miniseries Canada: A People's History and the women's erotica anthology Bliss.
        Her theater work includes Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women, Zadie's Shoes, The Mill on the Floss, Phyllis Nagy's Weldon Rising and Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  The proud owner of a dog named Addy Twiggy Chicken Legs Killer and a cat named Shaka Zulu Gumbo Yaya, Torri counts among her avocations exotic travel---which last year included a 7,500-foot climb up Mount Sinai in Egypt as well as "an amazing and grueling 10-day hiking trek through mountainous Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand to visit a number of hill-tribe villages."

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Brian Holloway
Professional Star Trek Costume-Building
Star Trek vs. Star Trek

Brian began his theater career at the ripe old age of 7 when he appeared in a regional theatrical production of Fiddler on the Roof with his father.  Since then, the acting bug has hit hard and became a full-time commitment.  Although he dabbled in the medical field for a short time, he could not be kept long from the bright lights and appeal of the stage.  After receiving his BFA in Performance Arts, he toured nationally with several theater organizations for about seven years and could be seen headlining in productions ranging from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Henry IV, Parts I and II to musicals like Big River, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate and Jekyll & Hyde, to name a few.
        Brian got into science fiction when he was still in high school in Utah and has been and avid and regular convention attendee since he was 15.  He has also received theater degrees in costume and makeup design and has won national and regional awards for his design work.  He even had costume designs for an original theatrical piece, HOTLINE!, displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  While in Utah, he was fortunate to befriend Paula Crist, an actress and stuntwoman for productions like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Battlestar Galactica and the TV series Planet of the Apes.  Paula got him connected to the film industry and he has been fortunate enough to land limited work in such productions as The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans, Domestic Disturbance, Doctor Who: The Movie, Highlander: The Series, Shallow Hal and Star Trek (an extra in the background in The Motion Picture and in the Voyager episode "Nemesis").
        Brian now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has had the great fortune to meet such wonderful people here and has learned much from local celebrities and fellow con-goers such as Cheralyn Lambeth, the 501st Squadron and the SCA Wardrobe Guild.

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Chris Jones
Star Trek vs. Stargate
Star Trek vs. Star Trek

Chris has been a Star Trek and science fiction fan in one capacity or another for most of his life.  He cut his teeth on shows such as Lost in Space, Johnny Quest and the original Star Trek in the 1960s, and has continued his involvement in Trek and science fiction shows, stories and activities to the present day.  Chris has participated in sci-fi and fantasy gaming as far back as the mid-'70s, including board strategy games, role play games and miniature games, including running game demos.
        Though his primary occupation is as a computer technician, he has served many years in the military under multiple occupations, including deployment to Operation Enduring Freedon / Iraqi Freedom III.  He has been an extra in TV and movies, and has been involved in running Sci Fi Summer Con Atlanta for the last four years.  Chris is currently a member of the Klingon Assault Group in the ship IKAV Nemesis, for whom he helps coordinate public events such as Toys for Tots.  He also designs insignia and accessories for Klingon costumes.

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Keela & Katkith
Keela & Katkith's Klingon Karaoke

Keela and Katkith, who both love to sing, debuted their version of Klingon Karaoke at Spartacon in November 2002.  It was well received and they were very excited.  The next stop was ConCarolinas in 2003, where it was also enjoyed.  Writer Stephen Euin Cobb had this to say about his experience to convention planners: "I also had a startlingly good time at the 'Klingon Karaoke' and the live performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but that's a different story."  Since then, Klingon Karaoke has been a regular part of the ConCarolinas' programming and this year was no exception with a Friday night performance and, thanks to a fan petition, Saturday night as well!  Klingon Karaoke has also been performed at Beach Bash 2003, Stellarcon 2005 and Starfleet's Region 1 Summit 2005.  Keela and Katkith are scheduled to return in 2006 for both Stellarcon and ConCarolinas.  
        Keela & Katkith debuted their Klingon Karaoke at TrekTrak in 2005 to an enormously enthusiastic audience and are delighted to return in 2006 for their second year.  All the songs are in the huMan tongue, as normal Karaoke is; it's just that the venue is Karaoke with a Klingon twist.  TODAY is a GOOD day to SING!

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John Kelly
"Amateur" Star Trek
Star Trek: New Voyages

John has acted since high school and through college in productions such as Come Back, Little Sheba, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  He has been involved with Star Trek: New Voyages almost since the beginning, as a producer and actor.  He auditioned for and won the role of the irascible Dr. Leonard McCoy.  John has earned many fans for his portrayal of the lovable doctor.  Ironically, in real life, he is a doctor in Oregon!

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Cheralyn L. Lambeth
Professional Star Trek Costume-Building
Cheralyn began creating her own costumes and creatures at an early age, when her mother finally refused to make any more odd costumes for her at Halloween.  She carried this obsession with her into college at UNC-Chapel Hill where, after having failed miserably as an Air Force Reservist, she decided to major in something much more useful such as Dramatic Arts and Radio/TV/Motion Pictures.  Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study costumes, wigs and make-up at the Juilliard School, and earned her first fifteen minutes of fame performing Off-Broadway with John Leguizamo in Mambo Mouth.  She then moved to Minneapolis to help create Muppet costumes for Sesame Street Live! (as well as a large purple bunny for the film The Net), and returned to New York a year later to work with Jim Henson Productions on the TV series Dinosaurs! and the film The Muppet Christmas Carol.
        After her time at Henson, Cheralyn worked with Paramount Production Services, creating costumes and props for Paramount properties such as The Star Trek Earth Tour, Titanic: The Movie on Tour, and Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hiilton.  Some of her other credits include work (both in front of and behind the camera) on Mel Gibson's The Patriot, and costuming work on the Park Service historical film Manassas: End of Innocence, directed by Star Wars sound specialist Ben Burtt.  In addition to her costume work, Cheralyn has served as playtester for the Star Wars RPG Mission to Lianna, and has written articles for such genre-related periodicals as Bjo Trimble's Sci-Fi Spotlight and Con-Tour Magazine.
        Most recently, Cheralyn completed work on the New Line Cinema feature film The New World, starring Colin Farrell, which is scheduled for release this November.  She also appeared in the History Channel docudrama Isaac's Storm, and can occasionally be seen in various commercials.  Currently, Cheralyn works as a freelance puppet builder/performer in Charlotte NC, and is putting the finishing touches on her first book, The Well-Dressed Puppet, scheduled for release by Grey Seal Puppets later this year.

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Rachel Luttrell
Star Trek vs. Stargate
Canadian actress Rachel Luttrell played the recurring role of Veronica Buck in the CBC young attorneys series Street Legal in the early 1990s, and has appeared in episodes of E.R., Touched by an Angel, Charmed, In the House, Maniac Mansion and Forever Knight.  Her films include Imposter, opposite Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe; Joe's So Mean to Josephine, with Sarah Polley; the half-hour short Personal Effects; and the miniseries Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints.  Her wide range of performance credits include the CBC's supernatural radio play The Famished Road, the stage play Goblin Market and the AIDS research benefit CD, Voices of Broadway: Songs of Conscience and Hope.  Rachel currently costars as Teyla Emmagan in the Sci-Fi Channel series Stargate Atlantis.

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Lee Meriwether
Star Trek Guest Stars
Most know Lee as "Betty" in the highly successful CBS series Barnaby Jones, where she costarred with Buddy Ebsen for eight years, and of course The Time Tunnel, the Irwin Allen classic, in which she appeared with Bob Colbert and James Darren.  Star Trek fans will remember Lee as Losira in the classic Star Trek third-season episode "That Which Survives."
        Her noteworthy film roles include Andy Griffith's pregnant wife in Angel In My Pocket, Rock Hudson's southern belle wife in The Undefeated, the swimming partner of Namu, The Killer Whale, the "man" killed by Kim Novak in The Legend of Lylah Clare and she played Catwoman in the original Batman movie.
        She is preparing a one-woman show, Women's Voices of Spoon River, where she will be playing 25 women, ages 8 to 96, with accents for most of them and she never leaves the stage!  She recently sang and danced her way across country while she appeared on stage for six months in the all-star national tour of the 20th century production of Dan Goggin's musical Nunsense.
        She starred with her husband, Marshall Borden, in A Little Night of Music, Love Letters and four national tours of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite.  She also sang the leading roles in I Do I Do, Mame, Hello, Dolly! and with George Chakiris in The King and I.
       
But theatre is Lee's first love and she just finished working with dear friends in yet another version of the musical Nunsense at Theatre West, her actors workshop in Hollywood.  Lee's family?  Husband Marshall Borden's adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo just concluded the season with rave reviews for the national theatre of Canada.  And her daughters are in "the biz" as well.  Lesley is an active stunt woman and Kyle, an actress, is equally busy raising Ryan, Lee's 12-year-old granddaughter.

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Terri Osborne
Star Trek Authors' Cavalcade I

Terri made her professional fiction writing debut in 2003 with the critically acclaimed "Three Sides to Every Story," the Jake Sisko and Tora Ziyal story in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tenth anniversary anthology Prophecy and Change. Other short fiction includes "'Q'uandary," the Selar story in the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits, and "Eighteen Minutes," a story featuring The Doctor in the Star Trek: Voyager tenth anniversary anthology Distant Shores.  Her eBook Malefictorum, the landmark 50th installment in the monthly Star Trek: S.C.E. series and a 24th century locked-room murder mystery, was released in March, reaching #7 on ereader.com's overall bestseller list.  She landed eBook number 61 in the Star Trek: S.C.E. series, entitled Progress, in which we'll revisit the people of Drema IV and catch up with a young woman named Sarjenka.  Beyond that, she is hard at work at more fiction, both in and out of the Star Trek universe, including an original dark fantasy novel.  Visit Terri's web site at www.terriosborne.com.

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James Palmer
Star Trek vs. Star Trek
Star Trek XI: A New Hope?
James is a freelance writer, columnist, journalist and reviewer who has written articles, columns, interviews, fiction and poetry for the defunct SciFiNow, as well as RevolutionSF.com, the Hugo-nominated webzine Strange Horizons, Singu1arity, the poetry magazine Scifaikuest, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, Surreal and Worlds Apart.  He also writes a movie review column entitled "Barium Cinema" for the magazine Continuum Science Fiction, and has written non-sport trading card reviews for Trading Card News.  In addition, James reviews short fiction for the four-time Hugo-nominee Tangent.  His work has even been translated into Greek.  James has interviewed the likes of David Brin, Stephen Baxter, Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo nominee and Campbell Award-winner Jay Lake, and Georgia authors Michael Bishop and Brad Strickland.  He is also a member of the Critters Writers' Workshop.
        James is also a freelance business journalist and copywriter who writes mainstream magazine articles for such publications as Address Macon and Gwinnett Business Journal, as well as press releases, web copy and sales letters for a broad range of clients.  He also created the media kit for the horror film Hell's End for Southlan Films, a Georgia-based independent film company, and is on the PR committee of Mythic Journeys, an annual multi-disciplinary conference on the importance of myth and imagination in modern life.
        A Georgia native, James holds a Bachelor's degree in English.  He lives in Flowery Branch, Georgia, with his wife Kelley and an ever-increasing collection of books, plastic dinosaurs and related fanboy ephemera.  In his spare time, James enjoys reading more than is good for him, listening to podcasts and plotting to replace the world's leaders with robot duplicates.  For examples of his work, please visit his web site at www.jamesmpalmer.com/sf.

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Kevin Parker
Star Trek vs. Stargate

Kevin has been a Star Trek enthusiast for over twenty years.  With his first convention right here in Georgia---Dixie Trek in 1986---he has been an avid participant in the science fiction genre ever since.  He joined the Klingon Assault Group (KAG) in 1989 and is currently the Captain of the IKAV Nemesis in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  Kevin appeared in the films Robocop 3 and Days of Thunder.  You can see him during the Halloween season as the monster of your choice at Netherworld and in commercials for The Next Generation on Spike TV as "the Bad Boy of Star Trek."

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Carlos Pedraza
"Amateur" Star Trek
Star Trek vs. Star Trek
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica
Star Trek XI: A New Hope?

Star Trek: New Voyages

The Missing Minority
The Prime Directive: Good Policy, or an Easy Way Out?
Carlos is a writer for Star Trek: New Voyages and is one of the creators of the forthcoming series Star Trek: First Voyages.  Before joining the New Voyages crew as an associate producer in 2005, Carlos was the staff writer and one of the producers of Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, the longest-running fan-produced science fiction series on the Internet.  Over the course of three seasons, he wrote 13 of that series' 43 episodes.  David Gerrold, writer of "The Trouble with Tribbles," authorized Carlos to rewrite his famous unproduced script for Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Blood and Fire," for production by New Voyages.  Carlos' work has been featured in Daily Variety, The Today Show on NBC, Countdown on MSNBC, ABC News, the Columbia News Service and The New York Times.  Carlos is a former Associated Press writer, deputy press secretary for the Governor of Washington, teacher, consultant and trainer for nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.
        Carlos has previously appeared as a guest at Arisia, Gaylaxicon, the Starfleet Ball in the U.K., and at Dragon*Con last year, where he sat on these panels: "The Missing Minority," "Star Trek: Enterprise: The Final Verdict," "Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica" and "The Future of the Star Trek Franchise," and alongside the producers of Star Wars: Revelations on a fan film panel.

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Jeffery Quinn
"Amateur" Star Trek

Star Trek: New Voyages

Jeff is a co-producer of and plays Mr. Spock in the fan-produced series Star Trek: New Voyages, set in the fourth year of the original series' five-year mission.

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Michael Reaves
Star Trek: New Voyages
The Prime Directive: Good Policy, or an Easy Way Out?
Michael is a Los Angeles screenwriter who has written, story-edited, and/or produced hundreds of teleplays for various television series, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone, Sliders and Monsters.  He was also a story editor and writer on Batman: The Animated Series, for which he won an Emmy Award for writing in 1993.  He has worked for Spielberg's DreamWorks, among other studios, and is the author of several fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers.  He is also the author of Hell on Earth and, along with John Pelan, edited the Shadows Over Baker Street anthology.  Michael is also the author of a script being produced as an episode of Star Trek: New Voyages.  Learn more about Michael's career at his web site, www.michaelreaves.com.

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Charles E. Root, Jr.
"Amateur" Star Trek

Star Trek vs. Stargate

Star Trek: New Voyages
Charles plays Lt. Cmdr Montgomery Scott in the fan-produced series Star Trek: New Voyages, set in the fourth year of the original series' five-year mission.
        Charles was born in 1970 in Burlington, Vermont, and graduated from Milton Jr. Sr. High School in 1988.  He studied computers, political science and theater at the University of Vermont and earned a Masters of Management of Information Systems from Columbus University, where he graduated summa cum laude.  He has also earned multiple belts in various martial arts, has run for political office and owned a couple of businesses.  In 2002, Charles rekindled a friendship with James Cawley and eventually joined Star Trek: New Voyages as a production assistant, where he eventually landed the role of Montgomery Scott.  More recently, Charles played a General in the upcoming zombie film Operation Dead 1, shot entirely in the Atlanta area.
        In October 2005, Charles married Amanda Shepard, who is related to Alan Shepard, the first American in space.  Visit Charles' web site at www.charlesroot.com.

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Josepha Sherman
Star Trek Authors' Cavalcade II
Josepha is a fantasy novelist, folklorist and editor who has written everything from Star Trek novels to biographies of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com) to titles such as Mythology for Storytellers and Trickster Tales.  She is a winner of the prestigious Compton Crook Award for best fantasy novel and has had many titles on the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Reader list.  Josepha's Star Trek novels include Vulcan's Forge, Vulcan's Heart and Vulcan's Soul, Book I, all coauthored with Susan Shwartz.  Her other current titles include the reprint of the Unicorn Queen books from Del Rey, the forthcoming Stoned Souls with Mercedes Lackey and Mythology for Storytellers.  She is also editing The Encyclopedia of Storytelling.  When she isn't busy writing, editing or gathering folklore, Josepha loves to travel, knows how to do horse whispering and has had a newborn foal fall asleep on her foot.

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John C. Snider
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica
Star Trek XI: A New Hope?

The Prime Directive: Good Policy, or an Easy Way Out?
John is the editor of the online science fiction magazine scifidimensions.com, published monthly since February 2000.  He's also the founder and administrator of the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award (the SESFA), designed to honor accomplishments in science fiction, fantasy and horror by individuals born or living in the Southern U.S.  His freelance writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Skeptic, Philosophy Now and Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest.  He lives in Roswell, Georgia (not New Mexico) with his lovely and intelligent wife.

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Stephanie Souders
Star Trek vs. Star Trek
The Prime Directive: Good Policy, or an Easy Way Out?

Stephanie has been an avid science fiction fan for more than a decade.  She appeared on her first Star Trek discussion panel at the age of fourteen and has considered speaking and writing about science fiction on film one of her principal avocations ever since.  Dragon*Con attendees in particular may remember Stephanie's contributions to panels hosted by the American Science Fiction & Fantasy on Television programming track in 2005, including a late-evening discussion panel on the treatment of genocide on Babylon 5.  Stephanie takes seriously the proposition that with science fiction, one can examine, from a safe distance, critical social, political and moral issues.
        Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from The College of William and Mary in 2001 and is a member of both the Golden Key Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa.  She currently teaches writing and English as a Second Language for a private tutoring company based in Northern Virginia.  She is profoundly grateful to her parents, who have encouraged her at every juncture to "think deeper" and have tolerated her myriad bizarre obsessions with unsurpassed grace.

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George TakeiGeorge Takei
The 2006 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
The TrekTrak Show
TrekTrak Presents: George Takei
George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, has more than thirty feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit.
        Recognized worldwide as a member of the original Star Trek cast, George received a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in 1986 and he placed his signature and handprint in the forecourt of the landmark Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1991.
        In January 2006, George appeared as the announcer and on-air personality on the debut week of The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.
        Among his credits is a music industry accolade -- a 1987 Grammy nomination in the "Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording" category.  George's distinctive voice is featured in Walt Disney Pictures' full-length animated feature, Mulan (and the upcoming Mulan II), Star Trek audio novel recordings, Fox Television's The Simpsons, Futurama, and in numerous voice-overs and narrations.
       Widely recognized for his vocal talents, George has been a guest narrator for several symphony orchestras.  In November 2004, George narrated Copeland's Lincoln Portrait with the Honolulu Symphony conducted by Samuel Wong.  He has narrated Johan de Meij's Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings with the Long Island Philharmonic, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Orange County California Wind Orchestra, and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Lakeland, Florida, all conducted by David Warble.
        A community activist, George serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, the nation's foremost Asian Pacific American theater.  He is chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of the Japanese American National Museum and a past member of the advisory committee of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.
        A member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization, George is a spokesman for HRC's Coming Out Project.  In April 2006, he embarked on a nationwide speaking tour called "Equality Trek  in which he talked about his life as a gay Japanese American.
        In 2004 and early 2005, he served on the Independent Task Force on Television Measurement, a 19-member body chaired by former Congresswoman Cardiss Collins that made recommendations on how the Nielsen ratings service can more accurately measure diverse television audiences including people of color.
        George's acting career has spanned four decades.  It began in the summer between his freshman and sophomore years at the University of California at Berkeley, when George answered a newspaper advertisement placed by a company casting voices for a motion picture.  The film was Rodan, a Japanese science-fiction classic about a prehistoric creature terrorizing Tokyo.  In a sound stage on the MGM lot in Culver City, Calif., George dubbed the original Japanese lines into English, creating distinct voices for eight characters.
        George's professional acting debut occurred on live television in the pioneering drama series, Playhouse 90.  His motion picture debut was in Ice Palace starring Richard Burton, released by Warner Bros. in 1959.  Films include six Star Trek motion pictures (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek: The Motion Picture), The Green Berets, Majority of One, Noon Blue Apples, Who Gets the House?, Mulan, Trekkies, The Best Bad Thing, Patient 14, Chongbal aka Vanished, Live by the Fist, Bug Busters, Kissinger and Nixon, Prisoners of the Sun, Return From the River Kwai, Red Line 7000, Never So Few, Walk Don't Run, An American Dream, P.T. 109, Oblivion, The Loudmouth, Which Way to the Front?, Bicycle Built for Three and Hell to Eternity.
        In addition to his role in the original Star Trek series, television roles include guest-starring appearances on 3rd Rock From the Sun, Murder She Wrote, Watching Ellie, Grosse Pointe, Early Edition, Diagnosis Murder, In the House, John Woo's Once a Thief, Homeboys in Outer Space, Muppets Tonight, Brotherly Love, Mission: Impossible, Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Miami Vice, I Spy, Son of the Beach, Marcus Welby, M.D., Hawaiian Eye, Hawaii Five-O, Ironside, Kung Fu, Mr. Novak, Mr. Roberts, The Six Million Dollar Man, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, Death Valley Days, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Bracken's World, Combat, Chico and the Man, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, MacGyver, Californians, Chrysler Theatre, U.S. Steel Hour, My Three Sons and many others.
        George is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (presenter of the Academy Awards), Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmy Awards), Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
        George's theatrical credits include Undertow, winner of the Scotsman First Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and The Wash, written by Philip Kan Gotanda and presented in New York at the Manhattan Theater Club and in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum.  He performed in Year of the Dragon at the American Place Theater in New York and in Fly Blackbird at the Billy Rose Theater in New York and the Metro Theater in Los Angeles.  George played in a musical version of Snow White at the Dome Theater in Brighton, England, and was the genie in Aladdin at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading, England.  In June 2002, George appeared in The Human Race Theatre Company concert production of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures at the Loft Theatre in Dayton, Ohio.
        George is grateful for his association with Star Trek, TV's quintessential sci-fi show, and the character he portrays, Hikaru Sulu.  Originally helmsman of the starship USS Enterprise, Mr. Sulu was promoted to captain of USS Excelsior in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, released in 1991.  George reprised his Captain Sulu role in a Star Trek: Voyager episode entitled "Flashback" in 1996.
        George's talents extend to writing.  In 1979, he co-wrote with Robert Asprin a science-fiction novel, Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe.
        As told in his autobiography, To the Stars, published by Pocket Books in 1994, George was born in Los Angeles, California.  With the outbreak of World War II, he and his family, along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, were placed behind the barbed-wire enclosures of United States internment camps.  George spent most of his childhood at Camp Rohwer in the swamps of Arkansas and at wind-swept Camp Tule Lake in northern California.
        George's family eventually returned to his native Los Angeles, which shaped his acting career.  The motion picture studios -- their magical back lot sets visible behind tall fences -- were alluring presences.  Every grammar school skit, junior high drama club, and high school play became a stepping stone to realizing his not-so-secret dream of becoming an actor.
        After graduating from Los Angeles High School, George enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley.  Later, he transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor of arts in theater in 1960 and a master of arts in theater in 1964.  He attended the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-Upon-Avon in England and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.  In Hollywood, he studied acting at the Desilu Workshop.
        In addition to his acting career, George always has been extremely involved in civic affairs.  Along with actress Beulah Quo, George produced and hosted a public affairs show, Expression East/West, which aired on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1973.
        Always a political activist, George ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1973, losing by a small percentage.  At a crossroads, he had to decide whether to pursue a political career or an acting career.  He decided on acting, but to remain involved in civic affairs to whatever extent he could.
        George was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, serving from 1973 to 1984.  George was one of the driving forces behind the Arts in Transit program, in which every Metro Rail subway station is given its own distinctive look, thereby fostering neighborhood pride.  He also served as a vice president of the American Public Transit Association.
        George is a past chairman of El Pueblo Park Association and former president of Friends of Little Tokyo Arts, an organization that encourages and supports artists.  In the international arena, George was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, where he served two terms.  He is a member of the board of directors of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation.  The Government of Japan recognized George's contribution to the Japan-United States relationship by giving him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.  The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in November 2004.
        George is a dedicated long-distance runner since his high school cross-country team days.  He has completed five 26.2-mile marathons and carried the Olympic Flame in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Torch Relay.  George and his life partner, Brad Altman, are residents of Los Angeles.

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Tony Todd
Star Trek Guest Stars
The 2006 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman," the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the 1986 motion picture Sleepwalk.
        Born in Washington, D.C., Tony spent two years on a scholarship at the University of Connecticut, which in turn led to a scholarship from the renowned Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute.  It proved to be the foundation for intense stints at the Hartman Conservatory in Stamford, Connecticut, and the Trinity Square Repertory Theatre Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island.  Tony appeared in dozens of classical and many experimental plays, yet still managed to find time to teach playwriting to high school students in the Hartford public school system.
        Tony's extensive credits exemplify his versatility.  They include such films as The Rock, The Crow, Lean on Me, Bird, Night of the Living Dead, Final Destination and Final Destination 2, the multiple Academy Award-winning Oliver Stone film Platoon and Le Secret, which was nominated and screened at the Cannes Film Festival.  Tony's more recent films include The Absence of Light, Murder-Set-Pieces, Turntable, Mercy Street, Heart of the Beholder, Minotaur, Dark Warrior, Tom 51, House of Grimm, The Prophecy: Forsaken, I.O.U., Shadow: Dead Riot, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Hatchet and Tournament of Dreams.
        Tony has also had prominent guest star roles in numerous critically acclaimed television series, including recurring roles on Boston Public, For the People and The District, as well as NYPD Blue, Smallville, Law and Order, Crossing Jordan, Homicide and The X Files.  Tony has played roles in three incarnations of Star Trek, including Worf's brother Kurn in The Next Generation, an adult Jake Sisko on Deep Space Nine and an Alpha Hirogen in an episode of Voyager.  He has guest-starred on Xena, CSI: Miami and Andromeda, and played Lord Haikon in three recent episodes of Stargate SG-1.  His television movies include starring roles in True Women, The Black Fox, Butter, The Last Elephant, Babylon 5: A Call to Arms and Control Factor.
        Tony's considerable theater credits include the world premiere of award-winning playwright August Wilson's King Hedley II, where he originated the title role in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Boston.  Variety commented, "Todd's King Hedley dominates the stage.  A sour-faced mix of rage and resolve, anger and vulnerability.  Todd's Hedley was a memorable tour de force, even on opening."  He also received a coveted Helen Hayes nomination for his performance in Athol Fugard's The Captain's Tiger at La Jolla, the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Kennedy Center.  Other theater credits include Les Blancs, Playboy of the West Indies, Othello, Zooman and the Sign, award-winning playwright Keith Glover's Dark Paradise, Aida and most recently, Levee James for the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and The New Dramatist Guild.

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Kate Vernon
Star Trek Guest Stars
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica
Kate was born in Canada to character actor John Vernon and former actress and model Nancy West.  Her family later moved to California when she was a little girl.  Her sister is singer Nan Vernon.  Kate was interested in being an architect when she finished high school, but she then felt she would have to "lock herself in a loony bin" if she did not express herself as an actress.  Her father tried to scare her away from the business, but Kate was determined to become an actress, which she did.  She started landed parts in her early twenties, getting lots of work in television and film in the '80s.  Her first feature film was Alphabet City, starring Vincent Spano, in 1984, followed by Roadhouse 66 the same year.  She then landed a role on the very popular 1980s soap opera Falcon Crest playing cutie pie Lorraine Prescott.  Soon after that, many other TV and film roles followed, including Pretty in Pink, where she played the bitchy blonde Benny, and then Spike Lee's Malcolm X, where she locked lips with Denzel Washington.  She also had recurring roles on the TV series Nash Bridges and L.A. Law.
        In 1998, Kate played Commander Valerie Archer in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "In the Flesh."  She now plays Ellen Tigh, the saucy wife of Colonel Saul Tigh, on The Sci-Fi Channel's hit series Battlestar Galactica.

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Voltaire
The TrekTrak Filk Concert
Voltaire was born in Havana, Cuba in 1967.  He emigrated with his family to the U.S. as a child and settled in New Jersey (a fact he never stops complaining about!).
        Voltaire is a singer/songwriter whose music has its roots deeply imbedded in European folk music.  His songs speak of love and, most often, the loss thereof with the added twist of how best to seek revenge on the ones who have hurt you.  Lyrically, he explores and reveals those moments of vulnerability most would rather not discuss and exploits with childish abandon those fleeting streaks of cruelty we all feel but choose not to act upon or even mention.
        Voltaire's live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are highly theatrical---full of props and stories.  The visual quality of his performances is not surprising; Voltaire has been directing commercials and animating short films for the last ten years.  He's best known for his Hieronymous Bosch-inspired station IDs for MTV.
        Inspired by the films of Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad), Voltaire began animating at the age of ten on a Super8 camera.  At that time, he says, "no three-dimensional object was safe.  My brother's action figures, my sister's dolls, silverware, etc... If it was missing, chances were that it was in the basement in front of my camera."
        Eventually, piecing together snippets of information from fanzines, he was able to teach himself how to make foam rubber animation models and animate them with fluidity and realism.  The films of his childhood landed him his first directing job in 1988. That project was the classic MTV ID called "MTV-Bosch."  The stop-motion tour of the hellish "Garden of Earthly Delights" went on to win several awards, including a Broadcast Design Award, and helped to establish Voltaire's style of animation.
        His strange stew of Gothic darkness, baroque lushness and whimsical surrealism has been seen in a score of television commercials for clients such as Cartoon Network, USA and The Sci-Fi Channel.  His short films, which he describes as being "an opportunity for me to be as strange and demented as I care to be," have been seen at animation festivals around the world, including the sinister "Rakthavira," which toured as part of Expanded Entertainment's "Too Outrageous Animation."
        These days, Voltaire continues writing, recording and performing music, directing and animating commercials and projects for television and working on the occasional comic book.  Somewhere in there, he also teaches stop-motion animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
       When not writing songs about hacking up his ex-lover's lovers or offing the man upstairs, Voltaire spends a lot of time at science fiction conventions.  Usually, he is promoting his comic books and Chi-Chian animated series, but we all know he really just goes to them in the hopes of picking up a new Starfleet uniform or that hard-to-get, limited edition Tribble!  Voltaire, you see, is an avid Star Trek fan (even stating in an interview on The Sci Fi Channel show Exposure that his dream in life is to play a Vulcan!).
        One night after one of his shows at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, he was invited to sit in on a "filk" session.  Filk apparently is a convention phenomenon where musicians sing songs that have science fiction lyrics transplanted over recognizable folk melodies. He says, "There I was, hearing these songs about Star Trek, and I thought, damn!  Now, why didn't I think of this?!  My love for music and obsession with Star Trek collided, and I started to write Star Trek parody songs."  At first, he would play them in his solo acoustic shows at conventions and later recorded them and posted them on MP3.com, where they quickly rose up the comedy charts.
        Voltaire's CD Banned on Vulcan contains solo acoustic versions of four Star Trek parody songs, including the hysterical "Worf's Revenge: A Klingon Rap," which explains once and for all why Worf is the Mac Dad of the Klingon Empire.  "The USS Make Sh*t Up" is about that pivotal moment in every episode of every Star Trek series where, when finding themselves up against insurmountable odds, the crew starts "making sh*t up!"  ("Bounce a graviton particle beam off the main deflector dish...!" etc.)  "The Sexy Data Tango" really crosses the line, describing what it's like having sex with Data!  (And it's written in Star Trek jargon!  Lower your shields and spread your nacelles to make room for his craft, while he thrusts his Delta Flyer into your big, fat, juicy aft!)  "Screw the Okampa (I Want to Go Home)" serves as a campfire song for disgruntled crew members on Voyager who hate Janeway for stranding them in the Delta Quadrant.  If you are fan of Star Trek and love raunchy humor, then this is the filk performance for you!

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Deborah Warner
"Amateur" Star Trek
Star Trek vs. the New Battlestar Galactica

The Missing Minority

Deborah is a writer and filmmaker who works in Los Angeles.  Her films include Demon Under Glass, which was hailed by Fangoria Magazine as a "vampire film with brains," and Blood Red: The Art of Darkness, which is filming this summer with Dean Cain and Sybill Danning.  Her novels, published by Sybaritic Press, include Demon Under Glass and two erotic tales of epic fantasy, The Gift of Surrender and The Price of Surrender.  Even with these creative outlets, Deborah still keeps her Star Trek credits current---she is the story consultant for Gabriel Koerner's fan series Really Bad Star Trek and will be publishing The Secret Logs of Mistress Janeway---Perfect Edition in 2007.

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Eric L. Watts, Dragon*Con Director of Star Trek ProgrammingEric L. Watts
The 2006 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
The Missing Minority
The TrekTrak Show
Eric first began watching the original Star Trek series in the afternoon after getting home from junior high school in the early 1970s.  As a high school sophomore in 1977, hoping to connect with other fans of the show, he bought a copy of All About Star Trek Fan Clubs and was amazed to discover that one of the names on the magazine's pen-pal list was a fellow student in one of his very own classes!  He introduced himself to her, who then loaned him a copy of the fanzine Off the Beaten Trek, in which the lead story dealt with how Spock had to deal with the death of Captain Kirk on a landing party mission.  A lifelong friendship---and a brand new Trekkie---was born!  A year later, in 1978, he attended his very first Star Trek convention: Vul-Con, a one-day event at Greenville (S.C.) Technical College with no guests but an auditorium filled with fanzines, home-made costumes and enthusiastic fans buzzing with rumors about the possibility of Star Trek returning as a major motion picture!
       In the summer of 1980, Eric founded the United Federation of Trekkers in Columbia, S.C., of which he served as president for the next eight years.  Within three years, the UFT grew to become the largest Star Trek fan club in the state, with over one hundred dues-paying members.  As president, he was a featured guest on the daily radio talk shows on WIS-AM 56 and WSOC-FM 100, was interviewed on several occasions by The State, The Carolina Reporter and The (USC) Gamecock newspapers, and in 1983 was featured in a segment of Columbia's local edition of PM Magazine, on WIS-TV.  Eric also served as editor and publisher of the UFT's monthly newsletter, Captain's Quarters, which at one point was sold on local newsstands as a mini-fanzine, as well as the UFT's one-shot fanzine, Star Sector One.  Club activities included monthly meetings, viewings of original series episodes on 35mm film at the local planetarium, serving as costumed ushers for a science fiction-themed concert presented by the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra, attending Star Trek motion picture premieres in costume and annual picnics and barbecues at a local park.  After eight glorious years, Eric resigned the presidency of the UFT and editorship of its newsletter in 1988 and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia.
        In 1990, Eric joined the Atlanta in '95 WorldCon Bid Committee, a group dedicated to bringing the 1995 WorldCon to Atlanta.  During the next two years, he served the bid committee as its Volunteer Coordinator and as Central Mailer of its internal amateur press association, Atlapa.  It was during this period that he met, worked with and became friends with Ed Kramer, a founder and then-chairman of Dragon*Con.  At the 1992 WorldCon in Orlando, following the announcement of Glasgow, Scotland's successful bid for the 1995 WorldCon, Ed asked Eric to join the Dragon*Con organization and develop a track of programming devoted to Star Trek.  Nine months later, in July 1993, Eric unleashed the very first TrekTrak... and Dragon*Con has never been the same!  Twelve years, nearly three hundred programming events and dozens of programming participants later, TrekTrak, under Eric's singular direction, has become one of Dragon*Con's most popular, well-attended and highly respected tracks of programming.  In 2002, in recognition of TrekTrak's tenth year and TrekTrak's many contributions and achievements that have helped make Dragon*Con the twelfth largest annual convention in Atlanta, Mayor Shirley Franklin proclaimed September 2, 2002 as "TrekTrak Day" in the City of Atlanta.
        In 2003, Eric published Star Sector Two, a 72-page Star Trek fanzine set entirely in the Original Series universe.  He is a member of the USS Republic, the USS Churchill, the IKAV Nemesis, the IKV Blackfire and an honorary lifetime member of the Klingon Imperial Embassy.  Eric was honored to be selected as the Fan Guest of Honor at Sci-Fi Summer Con in Atlanta in June 2004.
        Outside of Star Trek fandom, Eric is a freelance graphic designer and corporate newsletter editor.  He holds Associate in Arts degrees in Visual Communications (1990) and Web Site Administration (1999) from the Art Institute of Atlanta and recently completed a 2-year term as technical editor and graphic designer of Survival News, the bimonthly newsletter of AIDS Survival Project, an advocacy and service organization headquartered in Atlanta.
        Eric created and was the editor and publisher of The New Moon Directory, an annual index to amateur press associations, from 1988 to 1997.  He was a member of the amateur press association Imaginapa from 1980 to 2002 and served as its elected Central Mailer for 14 of its 23 years.  He is also a former member of several other amateur press associations, including Apa Enterprise, Talking of Trek, GAPS, Atlapa and Dragon*Citings.
        Eric is a longtime member of the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, with whom he has performed since 1993.  During that time, he has served that organization at various times as newsletter editor, web site administrator, marketing committee chairman, office manager and a two-year term on its Board of Directors, and he is currently serving on the AGMC's Archives Committee, which is dedicated to collecting, inventorying and preserving artifacts from the Chorus' illustrious 25-year history.  He is a former longtime member of Southern Bears, for whom he also served a one-year term on its Board of Directors and briefly as newsletter editor.  Eric is also a member of Georgia Right to Life.
        Eric started performing stand-up comedy in 2000 and has performed at The Comedy House in Kennesaw, Eddie's Attic in Decatur and The Kudzoo Cantina in Bowdon.  In May 2000, he placed as a finalist in WB36's Late Nite Laff-Off competition at Dave & Buster's in Duluth, and was a featured performer at Eddie's Attic's Third Annual Gay Comedy Festival in June 2001.
        Eric is honored to serve this, his fourteenth year, as Dragon*Con's Director of Star Trek Programming.

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Traci West
The Missing Minority
The Prime Directive: Good Policy, or an Easy Way Out?
Traci received her Master's degree in Journalism from Kent State University in 2002, where she is currently adjunct faculty in the new College of Communication and Information.  Traci has co-taught film courses on Star Trek, From Comics Into Film, Sherlock Holmes in Film, and And the Winner Is, an overview of movies which have won the Oscar for Best Picture.  She shares a house in Brimfield, Ohio, with her husband and co-instructor Robert West, a neurotic dog, a psycho cat, and a LOT of stuff.

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Richard C. White
Star Trek Authors' Cavalcade II
Richard is the author of Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers #63: What's Past #3: Echoes of Coventry.  An "old timer" at Dragon*Con, he has been a guest seven times in the past eleven years.  An independent comic book writer/publisher since 1992, Rich could usually be found in Comic Artists' Alley discussing his latest project with the fans.
        Rich's first novel, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy #1 Paths of Evil, was released in July 2004.  Published by iBooks, it is a licensed novel set in the world of Midway's popular arcade and video fantasy game.  Using locations, situations and characters featured in the game, Paths of Evil takes the reader along on a perilous quest.  After eons of peace and safety, demons have found their way across the dimensional barriers again.  Led by the wizard Morgan, a team of highly skilled warriors fights to repair the gap before the trickle of monsters becomes a flood, recovering magical artifacts and battling fierce opponents in the process.  Rich made good use of his history degree (emphasis on Medieval and Renaissance periods) and his twenty-two-year on-again, off-again career as a fighter and herald for the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) while writing the book.
        Rich's other writing credits include "Assault on Avenger's Mansion," a short story written for the Byron Preiss/Marvel Comics Ultimate Hulk anthology.  Co-written by Steve Roman, "Assault" received favorable reviews at the time of publication and continues to be a favorite in the collection.  Rich also wrote and published Troubleshooters, Incorporated, a black-and-white independent comic about a band of heros for hire in the 1990s, and hopes to publish his swashbuckling graphic novel, Chronicles of the Sea Dragon, in the very near future.
        Rich received his degree in history from Central Missouri State in 1982.  Shortly afterward, he joined the United States Army where he served for 15 years, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class.  Having been trained as a linguist and an analyst, he spent his time doing such exciting things as learning how to jump out of a perfectly good helicopter on a rope, setting up a tent in the middle of the night in a rainstorm, driving an M35A2 6x6 2.5 ton truck, cargo w/winch, and on occasion actually doing his job.  In 1999, he left the military to traverse the wilds of government contract work as a tech writer.  Some days, he thinks it was safer back in the military.

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