William Shatner, “Star Trek’s” legendary first captain, will headline Away Mission, a Florida sci-fi convention also featuring such franchise alumni as Leonard Nimoy, Alice Eve and John de Lancie.
With an array of stars, artists and authors, Away Mission will run April 11-13 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Fla.
Event organizers plan an intimate atmosphere where fans can mingle with stars and enjoy such convention activities as autograph and photo opportunities, panel discussions, auctions, special events for children and more.
“We may look like geeks in rubber masks, but we are doctors, professors and people from all walks of life — this is our fun; this is our escape,” said Javier Garcia, the convention promoter and owner.
Nimoy, who last appeared as Spock in 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” will not be on site, but will make a convention presentation via Skype.
Joining Shatner on site are Eve, who played Carol Marcus in “Into Darkness,” and de Lancie, who played the god-like Q, a recurring character in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.”
Also attending is Suzie Plakson, who is widely known for her role as the Klingon K’Ehleyr, Worf’s mate and Alexander’s mother on “The Next Generation.”
Other stars and talent slated to appear:
–Eddie McClintock, who plays Secret Service agent Peter Lattimer on Syfy’s “Warehouse 13.”
–Kevin Sorbo, who starred in “Hercules” and Gene Roddenberry’s “Andromeda.”
–Larry Nemecek, author (“Star Trek: Next Generation Companion”) and actor (“Star Trek Continues”).
–Makeup artist John Paladin (“Star Trek: New Voyages”).
–Author Glenda C. Finkelstein (“Nemesis Returns”).
–Author William Hatfield (“Captive Audience”).
–Author and lecturer Chris Berman (“Star Pirates”).
–Author K.L. Nappier.
Several ticket options are available, with daily admission tickets starting at $39. Weekend tickets start at $109 and include an autograph or photo opportunity from Shatner. Children 12 and younger get in free with adult admission.
The event, at 2225 N Lois Ave., will run Friday 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 8 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For information, call (321) 872-TREK (8735) or visit away-mission.com.