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Twas the eve before Shore Leave 36

Need a summer break from the real world? Take a trip to Shore Leave 36 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The fan run science fiction convention begins on August 1 and runs through Sunday. It’s presented by the Star Trek Association of Towson, Inc (S.T.A.T.).

This year's guest list includes Richard Dean Anderson. Fans will remember him as MacGyver and Jack O'Neill.
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Registrations are available for the entire weekend or for a single day. Saturday is the busiest and most attended day according to Mike Schilling, Publicity and Media Relations contact for Shore Leave. Memberships are still available but Schilling says “historically a good line builds up in the morning, especially on Saturday. So, for anyone looking to attend Shore Leave on a per-day basis, we strongly recommend hitting the registration table early.”

This year’s celebrity appearances include Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate: SG-1), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stargate: SG-1), Teryl Rothery (Stargate: SG-1), Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm, 24), Eve Myles (Torchwood, Doctor Who) and others. Leonard Nimoy’s (Star Trek, Fringe) appearance is via Skype on Sunday only.

Writers can attend a variety of workshops and panels during the three days. Topics include writing historical fiction, Star Trek novels, Stargate, publishing and writing action scenes. Editor Marco Palmieri from Tor Books returns this year with a preview of upcoming releases. All authors and agents currently scheduled are listed with their links on the website.

Other activities include a masquerade, photo ops, a tea party, a filk concert and an art show. There is an art show, teen programming and a poker tournament. Several audience participation games are on the schedule.

While the Shore Leave committee includes roughly thirty people, it takes about a hundred people to keep things going. Schilling said this includes volunteers, other committee members and “all the S.T.A.T. members who put in their time so generously at the convention year to year.”

Complete information about registration fees, autograph and photo prices and the full schedule are posted on the convention site.

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