William Shatner, the original Star Trek captain, will join his fans at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore this weekend for an intimate sci-fi convention along with several other actors and authors, while actor Leonard Nimoy (Spock) will be making a convention presentation via Skype.
Unlike huge comic cons, the Away Mission sci-fi conventions are planned around a more relaxed and sociable atmosphere of autographs, photo opportunities, panel discussions and entertainment, promising not to be one long line after the other. As a result, many of its packages are already sold out.
Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock will have a loyal crew accompanying them. There will be special appearances by Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda), John de Lancie (Q in several Star Trek series), Denise Crosby (security chief Tasha Yar in Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation) as well as veteran character actor Saul Rubinek who stars in Syfy's quirky series Warehouse 13. Next Generation's Suzie Plakson will be available for photo poses in full Klingon makeup at the Tampa convention.
Online and phone ticket pre-sales are now closed. If available, tickets will be sold at the door. The event's website, away-mission.com, showed very limited general admission tickets available for $39 and most VIP packages sold out. The $219 gold weekend VIP package had 14 spots left.
The convention promises all celebrity guests will participate in at least one question and answer session or presentation throughout the weekend on the main stage.
The show runs 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 N Lois Ave., Tampa.