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Cel­e­brate 50 years of the fi­nal fron­tier in Birm­ing­ham with Des­ti­na­tion Star Trek Europe

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Event Horizon - Des­ti­na­tion Star Trek Europe runs from 7-9 Oc­to­ber at Birm­ing­ham NEC. www.des­ti­na­tion­

Star Trek turns 50 this year, and with a new movie im­mi­nent – not to men­tion next year’s TV re­vival – this year’s Des­ti­na­tion Star Trek Europe will be some­thing spe­cial.

Birm­ing­ham NEC plays host to the three-day event which boasts a se­ri­ously im­pres­sive list of guests – chief among them the ir­re­press­ible Wil­liam Shat­ner. His talk is bound to be the event high­light, and he will also be on hand for au­to­graphs and pho­tos. The other head­liner is Christo­pher Lloyd. Klin­gon Com­man­der Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock – you may also have seen him in some ob­scure time travel flick called Back To The Fu­ture…

Shat­ner isn’t the only rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the orig­i­nal se­ries. He’ll have able sup­port from Wal­ter Koenig, one-man Buz­zfeed Ge­orge Takei, plus Ed­die Paskey (Lieu­tenant Les­lie) and Bobby Clark – the Gorn cap­tain.

The Next Gen­er­a­tion is equally well-served with Jonathan Frakes, Ma­rina Sir­tis and geek cul­ture maven Wil Wheaton all rep­re­sent­ing the En­ter­prise D. Both Dax ac­tors from Deep Space 9 – Terry Far­rell and Ni­cole de Boer – will be there (pos­si­bly even at the same time, which surely breaks some law of space and time) as will Ar­min Shimerman and Alexan­der Sid­dig, plus nu­mer­ous stars of Voy­ager and En­ter­prise.

It’s not just about the guests though. The Klin­gon Zone cel­e­brates Trek’s most fa­mous alien race; you can have your photo taken on the bridge of the En­ter­prise D; and there will be a packed talk pro­gramme through­out, with two – “50 Years Not Out: Cel­e­brat­ing Star Trek’s Many Re-in­ven­tions” and “All Hail The 50 Year March of the Klin­gons” – in­cluded in the ticket price. There’ll also be a raft of par­ties where you can let your hair down and drink with other Trek fans – no word as yet if Ro­mu­lan Ale and Klin­gon Blood­wine will be on the menu.

The name’s Kirk. James Kirk.

Which­ever your favourite se­ries, this is your chance to meet your he­roes.

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