Richmond the science fiction capital of Richmond


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From July 31st until August the 6th there’s going to be a lot more nerds in Richmond, and it’s already runner up for Nerd Central BC (after Summerland) so that’s saying a lot. Why is it going to be so chock full of people who know way too much about “The City on the Edge of Forever”?

Elementary my dear Data, it’s because there’s a science fiction convention at the Best Western Inn in Richmond called Timeless Destinations [td]. It’s a good name, sounds like a sort of diamond you’d give a girl which maybe is the draw for the girlfriends. The lineup for the show is online [td] but it’s fairly heavy on the “locally produced sci-fi show cast” and light on anyone who would actually have to travel to reach Richmond.

So if you’ve been dying to meet people who were in X-Files when it was good and one of the five dozen Star Gate franchises that are filmed here then this is your lucky day. Even better you can meet people from Smallville so your teenage daughter has a reason to go.

My two favorite events listed:

– Christopher Judge & Some Actresses from the “Women of Sci-Fi Calendar”

and

Gareth Von Kallenbach – Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author talks about future movies & games… Indiana Jones 4, Jurassic Park 4. Star Trek 11, AVP 2, The new Star Wars projects, Spider-Man 3, future comic book films, and much, much more.

The first because who can’t take anything with the phrase “Women of Sci-Fi Calendar” seriously and the second because it sounds like a guy reading the latest updates from Aint’ It Cool News [aicn].
Hey look I don’t mean to be critical, but if you can’t even pull Levar Burton to your convention you know something has gone wrong. I’m a huge nerd, I drove to Seattle for their comic-con, but this just won’t get me to go to Richmond.

3 Comments so far

  1. john trenouth (unregistered) on July 29th, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    Here’s everything wrong with sci-fi today in a nutshell:

    “Indiana Jones 4, Jurassic Park 4. Star Trek 11, AVP 2, The new Star Wars projects, Spider-Man 3”

    Nothing but franchised sequels as far as the eye can see. This constricted film genre/formula is now almost totally moribund, and I’m pissed about it because I used to love sci-fi.

    Don’t believe sci-fi is trouble? Well the average age of Comicon attendees in San Diego is now mid to late 30s–in other words the market has utterly stagnated and does not appeal to new generations.

    Hey guys, instead of another sequel or another super hero movie, try comming up with something orignal, something engaging, something girls might actually like, something with characters we can relate to. And stop trying to make movies that are like watching someone play a video game (and lets not even get started on the creative bankrupcy of the video game industry and its resulting collapse–oh boy, another first person shooter! and with sexy vampire babes!! woo hoo!).


  2. Lydia (unregistered) on July 29th, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

    I bet if you won the free pass to it from that contest you entered at the fish & chip place, you’d go.


  3. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    True. I’d go if it were free, but not for the whole thing. Just for the babes of the Sci-Fi calander.

    Ha ha.

    As for sequals destroying science fiction, that’s true to a degree. I do think that a series of movies can be a real important part of the genre. Take a look at the old Buck Rogers serials, or the first Star Wars triology as prime examples.

    As for the age factor at conventions, yeah. I think comic books, sci fi and a lot of other things have to re-learn how to appeal to the young.



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