two new cons for me in 2020: Pop Culture Convention and Bubonicon 52

I will be a guest of honor at two new-to-me cons in 2020.

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From 29-30 May (the weekend after Memorial Day), I will be Author Guest of Honor at Pop Culture Con in the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah. After never having set foot in the great state of Utah until last September, I’m already going back! Looking forward to this show, where I’ll be joined by actors Jackson Bostwick, Blake Foster, Robin Shelby, Tracy Lynn Cruz, and Bob Bergen.

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From 28-30 August (the weekend before Labor Day), I will be Co-Guest of Honor at Bubonicon 52 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I will be joined by Co-Guest of Honor, fellow author Becky Chambers, as well as artist Chaz Kemp and toastmaster A. Lee Martinez. It’ll be my first time in New Mexico since I was four years old, and it’s safe to say my memory of that last trip is a bit dim, so I’m looking forward to going back to make some lasting memories.

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Phage”

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We get our second recurring antagonist, the Vidiians, who introduce themselves to Voyager by stealing Neelix’s lungs. This is followed by endless flying through a rock, Neelix being stupidly jealous, and the EMH slapping Paris. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch suffers from the “Phage.”

An excerpt:

Which brings us nicely to the biggest problem with this episode, and the entire premise of the Vidiians, unfortunately: what about prosthetics? Why can’t they use artificial organs and limbs? Aside from one brief mention by the EMH about Neelix early in the episode, the notion of artificial replacements never really comes up. Well, except for the holographic lungs, which is actually a very clever use of the existing holotechnology. But still, the lack of prosthetics as an option for the Vidiians is a major flaw, especially when we’re talking about a species that has medical technology way in excess of what the Federation has.