Kevin Shirley

It’s A Thrill!: A Chat with Star Wars Authors

Bryan Young welcomed veteran Star Wars novel authors Kevin Anderson, Claudia Gray, E.K. Johnston, Michael Stackpole, and Timothy Zahn to a packed Hyatt International South Friday night to discuss their work, and the dynamics of writing in the Star Wars universe. The notion of a universe is key to understanding these authors and their approach to the work. They were… Read more →

Classic Shatner

Monday morning in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom William Shatner once again entertained and captivated his audience with stories that ranged from his humble attempts at frying turkey to unexplained mysteries of the brain. After wishing all a happy Labor Day, and wondering about BBQ, Shatner recounted his misadventures with deep frying a turkey. On one occasion while in Kentucky, he… Read more →

George Takei: An American Voice

George Takei: An American Voice

A grateful and passionate George Takei took the stage in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom Sunday morning to answer questions from fans of all ages about “all things Takei.”  He began with a boisterous “Oh Myyy,” followed by a moment of reflection on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of Star Trek and just what that meant. A television series that… Read more →

Peter Mayhew: A Member of the Family

Peter Mayhew: A Member of the Family

Sunday afternoon in Marriott A601-602, friends, loved ones, and fans of Peter Mayhew gathered to share their memories and love for the man who created one of American film’s iconic characters: Chewbacca the Wookiee from Star Wars. Bryan Young, Albin Johnson, Cheralyn Lambeth, and Ryan Ziegler guided the hour. This was not a Q&A. Rather, the session was an opportunity… Read more →

Had to Get it Right: The Wookiee and the Droid

Had to Get it Right: The Wookiee and the Droid

Brian Herring, the puppet master being the droid BB-8, and actor Joonas Suotamo, who plays Chewbacca in the current run of Star Wars films, joined moderator Riley Blanton in Hyatt Regency VI–VII Saturday afternoon to discuss their participation in and contributions to the saga. They came to the work from different places, but both appreciated the good fortune and responsibility… Read more →

The Return of the Space Western

The Return of the Space Western

Riley Blanton welcomed Peggy Eisenhower, Christy Morris, Michael Morris, and Bryan Young to the Marriott (A601-602) for a discussion of the soon to launch live-action series The Mandalorian, which will be part of the Disney+ streaming service. The series, created by Jon Favreau, will be set after the fall of the galactic empire and before the rise of the First… Read more →

The Second Age Arrives

The Second Age Arrives

A standing room only crowd poured into the High Fantasy track room in the Marriott (L401-403) to hear the latest on the highly anticipated and much talked about Lord of the Rings television series coming to Amazon Prime. Kirsten Z. Cairns (Greendragon) of The One Ring.net (TORN), Rebecca Perry, Constance Wagner, and Jim Wert took the crowd through a brief… Read more →

Power and Authority in Milton and Tolkein

The High Fantasy track welcomed a full house of members Friday evening to Marriot L401-403, to spend an hour exploring the relationship between the works of John Milton and J.R. R. Tolkien. Jim Wert and Constance G.J. Wagner worked through the similarities between Milton’s Paradise Lost and Tolkien’s Silmarillion with a particular emphasis on the comparison between Satan and Melkor…. Read more →

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