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Old August 4 2014, 12:25 AM   #1
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Shore Leave question

I have only recently heard about this con. As I understand it is the con for the star trek expanded universe, correct?

How well attended is this con? I would love to go, maybe next year who knows.
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Old August 4 2014, 01:03 AM   #2
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I have only recently heard about this con. As I understand it is the con for the star trek expanded universe, correct?
How well attended is this con? I would love to go, maybe next year who knows.
It's an annual convention, fan-run, now in its 36th year and I understand limited to 1500 paying attendees. Pre-booking recommended. The only time you see most of them in the one place is for the main actor GoHs talks.

http://www.shore-leave.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ShoreLeaveCon

It started out as a mainly Star Trek con, eventually expanded to SF Media but has been a traditional gathering place for past and current Trek fiction writers. I've just attended my first Shore Leave! Had a ball!

Check out the info still online for #36 and you can download PDFs of the two and a half days of programming. Note how many slots were connected to Trek fiction. "Meet the Pros" on the Friday night (10pm till midnight) is a must-attend for readers of licensed Trek novels, short stories and comics.
http://www.shore-leave.com/guests/authors.htm
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Old August 4 2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Star Trek doesn't have an "expanded universe" per se. It has a bunch of tie-in books and comics encompassing several distinct, incompatible continuities and a great many standalone tales. Shore Leave welcomes all Trek authors regardless of which continuity, if any, they've written for, and in past years has been expanding to include a wider range of authors as well. For instance, this year, for the first time, we were joined by the editor and several authors of Fandemonium's Stargate novel series.

So basically it's a general SF convention with a strong focus on authors. Except heaven help any author holding a panel at the same time as a celebrity appearance, because you'll probably end up with only five or six people in the audience.
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Old August 4 2014, 03:40 PM   #4
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Yeah, Shore Leave's bread and butter is the actor guests. This year the headliners were Richard Dean Anderson and (via Skype) Leonard Nimoy. There was also Eve Myles, Robert Picardo, Teryl Rothery, Michael Welch, and Silas Weir Mitchell.

But they're also very friendly to authors, and the Meet the Pros event Friday night which showcased all the authors who were present was hugely attended.
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Old August 4 2014, 04:33 PM   #5
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I haven't missed a Shore Leave for over a decade. As far the writers go, the big event is indeed the "Meet the Pros" mass autographing marathon Friday night, but we're around all weekend, doing panels and readings and signings. I usually make a point of planting myself down at a local book seller's table for a few hours each day, just to sign books and chat with interested browsers . . ..
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Old August 4 2014, 05:31 PM   #6
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Was there any news from the con that authors can share here for those that were unable to attend?
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Old August 4 2014, 08:28 PM   #7
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Re: Shore Leave question

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Was there any news from the con that authors can share here for those that were unable to attend?
Yes, Peter David confirmed that another "New Frontier" novel was definitely underway and contracted. No comment whatsoever whether it's the seeming fan-expected finale, just that it takes up where the last NF novel left off.

Today on Facebook, David Mack boasted that he's just seen the cover art for his upcoming "Section 31" novel, but can't show it yet.
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Old August 4 2014, 10:05 PM   #8
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Was there any news from the con that authors can share here for those that were unable to attend?
Yes, Peter David confirmed that another "New Frontier" novel was definitely underway and contracted. No comment whatsoever whether it's the seeming fan-expected finale, just that it takes up where the last NF novel left off.

Today on Facebook, David Mack boasted that he's just seen the cover art for his upcoming "Section 31" novel, but can't show it yet.
Thank you Therin! I really want to get to this con someday!
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Old August 5 2014, 02:36 AM   #9
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Was there any news from the con that authors can share here for those that were unable to attend?
Yes, Peter David confirmed that another "New Frontier" novel was definitely underway and contracted. No comment whatsoever whether it's the seeming fan-expected finale, just that it takes up where the last NF novel left off.

Today on Facebook, David Mack boasted that he's just seen the cover art for his upcoming "Section 31" novel, but can't show it yet.
Thank you Therin! I really want to get to this con someday!
It's quite fun and very inviting. I was able to make it out a few years back - the year of the charity roast of MJF. I brought a couple dozen books (probably closer to 30) to be signed and was able to tell some of my favorite authors how much I've enjoyed their work. I hope to make it out again next year.
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So basically it's a general SF convention with a strong focus on authors. Except heaven help any author holding a panel at the same time as a celebrity appearance, because you'll probably end up with only five or six people in the audience.
I'm sad that I didn't get to any book panels this year. Too few volunteers at the STARFLEET club table and too little sleep. I understand Balticon has a lot of authors in attendance, but not so much of the Trek persuasion (I think Keith goes sometimes...?)
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Old August 9 2014, 01:07 AM   #11
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^ Keith goes to Balticon every year, and Richard White often goes, but we're about it as far as Trek writer representation goes....
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Old August 9 2014, 05:41 AM   #12
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^ I'd love to attend Balticon. They've never invited me.
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^ I'd love to attend Balticon. They've never invited me.
Same boat here. I've talked to them, and they've been excited about what I do ("We want to do more with comic books and graphic novels! The committee will be in touch!"), and I never hear back. Which is fine, honestly.
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Old August 10 2014, 11:43 AM   #14
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Re: Shore Leave question

Man, I have to get myself back out there again one of these years. I had a blast when I visited...

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For instance, this year, for the first time, we were joined by the editor and several authors of Fandemonium's Stargate novel series.
Stargate tie-in writers have been coming to Shore Leave for quite a while. I was there back in '08, and I know that Aaron Rosenberg, Jo Graham and Melissa Scott have all been to the event before. It was great to see the event hosting Fandemonium Books' 10th Anniversary celebrations, too.
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Old August 10 2014, 12:58 PM   #15
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True, some SG authors have been there before individually, but I think this was the first time there was such a large, organized focus on the SG novels and authors.
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