THE MAKING OF TREK CONVENTIONS by Joan Winston

THE MAKING OF TREK CONVENTIONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ever since Winston & friends staged the first Star Trek Convention in 1972 the phenom has been reproducing itself geometrically--in 1976 there were 40 cons from L.A. to New York and points in between. Which proves that there are still pointy-eared folk out there awaiting the return of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the starship Enterprise which has been hurtling about in space network-less since 1969 when NBC dropped 'em into a black hole. Like Beatlemania conventions, the assemblages of the Trekkies are pop events at which everyone can grok everyone else as they scramble for memorabilia, outer-space hardware, and oil portraits of the original cast, some of whom were guest speakers at Winston's five unearthly bashes along with go-anywhere, do-anything Isaac Asimov. The spirit of things is frenetic and campy, complete with Star Trek filksings (that's folksongs), annual trivia competitions, and Winston's running (as in a tizzy) reports on the travails of the organizing committee as it does battle with all sorts of Klingons (bad guys). The suspension of disbelief which these revels demand is pretty extreme.

Pub Date: Nov. 25th, 1977
Publisher: Doubleday