Upcoming Events — November & December 2005

The following are some events that you might be interested in checking out if you’re in the area, or putting in your tickler file for next year: November 25-27, 2005 ChamBanaCon 35 Billed as the “singing, eating, reading, so you can relax convention,” ChamBanaCon is held in Springfiled, Ill., each year. This year, guests of […]

One Small Step for NASA — A Couple of Events for You

November is a big month for space buffs. Five years ago this month, Bill Shepherd and his crew, flight engineers Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko, first arrived at the International Space Station. 39 years ago this month, Gemini XII made its only trip into space with Jim Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin aboard. And, on […]

Want to Go to Mars Someday?

If you’ve always wanted to visit the Red Planet, you have Ray Bradbury to thank. Well, sort of. On Saturday, Nov. 12, The Planetary Society will be presenting Bradbury with the Thomas O. Paine Award for the Advancement of Human Exploration of Mars. As the author of The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury has inspired many people […]

David and Goliath Meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Oct. 17 issue of Science Fiction Weekly (www.scifi.com/sfw), included a brief note about a San Francisco performing arts group, CounterPulse, planning live performances of “Once More with Feeling” — the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It sounded like something a genre traveler would be interested in, so I went the company’s website […]

More Star Wars Fun at the Boston Museum of Science

The premiere issue of The Genre Traveler covered the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston. Recently, the Museum announced complementary events for the exhibit: Saturday, October 22 If you’re already in the Boston area, you might want to help the museum celebrate the opening of the exhibit […]

Space Tourism

Would you pay $20 million (USD) to visit space? Gregory Olsen, Ph.D., a U.S. scientist and millionaire reportedly did just that. He, and an American-Russian crew aboard Russia’s Expedition 12, set off for the International Space Station yesterday, making Olsen the third non-astronaut to visit the station. They are due to arrive tomorrow (Monday). Although […]

Cell Phones Come Full Circle

In 1966, the original Star Trek hit the airwaves. Among the many futuristic devices was a communicator. Many were the times Captain Kirk would flip open this device and say, “Three to beam up,” or something like that. This cool device, called a communicator, inspired the individuals who pioneered cell phone technology and so we […]

The Rise of Gaming Events

The gaming industry is a consumer consumer — it needs gamers who will constantly buy more games and lots of them. “They’ve got to expand their market,” says Suzie Reider, senior vice president of sales and marketing at CNET games and entertainment, according to Ad Age. To do this, game publishers are turning to festival-like […]