Those of you who have been coming to the library for the past several years are probably familiar with the sci-fi/fantasy convention FantaSci which ran from 2002-2006. Yours truly created/coordinated that event for five years, and had an absolute blast doing so. Last year the program saw a record attendance of close to 4,000 visitors! While it was great to have so many fans come out and support FantaSci, it also brought home the realization that the event had outgrown the library . . . FantaSci became a victim of its own success! When I announced that the library could no longer host the event, a dedicated group of fans asked if they could don the jersey and carry on. I was thrilled to see their enthusiasm, and (with tear in eye) handed over the reigns. Their efforts are about to come to fruition . . .
This Saturday and Sunday, FantaSci 6(!) will take place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. It will feature a variety of programs, guests, groups, and vendors as it has over the past five years. Of particular note, Battlestar Galactica’s Apollo himself, Richard Hatch, will be on hand to offer an acting workshop and greet fans. And never one to resist a shameless plug, your Team Fantasmo will be there on Saturday evening to host a “very special” edition of Fantasmo. We’ll be screening a couple of episodes of John Kenneth Muir’s The House Between (specially edited for FantaSci by John), and premiering the rollicking trailer for the second season of the show (you don’t want to miss it). For those of you who haven’t experienced THB yet, Rob and I worked on it the past few summers. It’s a sci-fi/horror epic masterpiece without compare! We’re scheduled to go on around 9:00 p.m. Saturday evening, so we hope to see you there!
For more information about the event, be sure to check out the Web site at: http://www.fantasci-hrcc.com/. For pictures and a brief history of FantaSci, they’ve also put up a great page at: http://www.fantasci-hrcc.com/about.html.