Shore Leave 36: August 1-3, 2014

Registration opens Friday, August 1 at 9:00 am.

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Richard Dean Anderson
Richard Dean Anderson
Stargate's Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill; MacGyver's Angus MacGyver; Legend's Ernest Pratt / Nicodemus Legend; Emerald Point N.A.S.'s Lieutenant Simon Adams; General Hospital's Dr. Jeff Webber
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek's Mister Spock; Mission Impossible's Paris; Fringe's Dr. William Bell; Transformers' Galvatron and Sentinel Prime; Appearing via Skype on Sunday Aug 3rd Only!
Teryl Rothery
Teryl Rothery
Stargate SG-1's Dr. Janet Fraiser; Cedar Cove's Grace; Kyle XY's Carol Bloom; Caprica's Evelyn
Silas Weir Mitchell
Silas Weir Mitchell
Grimm's Monroe; Prison Break's's Charles 'Haywire' Patoshik; 24's Eli Stram
Eve Myles
Eve Myles
Torchwood's Gwen Cooper; Doctor Who's Gwyneth
Robert Picardo
Robert Picardo
Stargate's Richard Woolsey; Star Trek: Voyager's The Doctor / Dr. Lewis Zimmerman / Equinox EMH / EMH Mark I; Star Trek: First Contact's Holographic Doctor; China Beach's Dr. Dick Richard
Michael Welch
Michael Welch
The Twilight series' Mike Newton; SG1's Clone O'Neill; ST:Insurrection's Artim; Joan of Arcadia's Luke Girardi

Latest News!


30 The Shore Leave 36 schedule is now available.

The Game Room will host a bridge simulator on Friday and Saturday.

29 We regret to announce that author guest Jim Johnson has canceled his appearance at this year's Shore Leave.

27 To assist masquerade participants displaced from the hotel, a dressing room will be made available on Saturday afternoon.

26 Photo Op sessions begin at 10:00 am on August 2nd.

The American Astronomical Society will be raffling a galileoscope on Saturday. (see more details)

20 Did you know Shore Leave has Filk programming?

19 Our 2014 Charity Auction will benefit: Military Working Dogs, The COPD Foundation, House of Ruth and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

18 The Shore Leave Emporium opens on Friday, August 1.

The Bunny Masquerade returns for another year. Don't let your bunny miss the fun!

The FAQ has been updated with the latest hotel shuttle schedule.

We regret to announce that author guests Diane Carey and Greg Brodeur have canceled their appearance at this year's convetion due to professional commitments.

15 The new book Stargate Atlantis: Unascended by Jo Graham and Amy Griswold is the newest premiere for the August 1st Meet the Pros party.

13 Returning for their 30th year, join Dr. Trekwell and The Temple of Trek Choir on Sunday morning for Temple of Trek.

7 A reminder: If you plan to cancel a hotel reservation at the Hunt Valley Inn, you must do so by July 11 in order to avoid paying any penalties.

3 Planning to donate at the Blood Drive this year? The Red Cross is now accepting appointments online.


27 We regret to announce that author Joshua Palmatier has had to cancel his appearance at Shore Leave 36.

24 Congratulations to guest Michael Welch who will be appearing this fall in the new SyFy Channel series "Z Nation".

Our Information Table Volunteers will once again be accepting donations for the Maryland Food Bank.

23 Get the latest about Shore Leave tonight on Trek Radio at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific.

19 The June 19, 2014 Shore Leave 36 update is now online.

10 The new anthology Tales from the Crimson Keep with contributions by Michael Jan Friedman, Peter David, Russ Colchamiro, Paul Kuperberg, Aaron Rosenberg, Glenn Hauman, Robert Greenberger, and Kevin Dilmore is the latest book to premiere at the Meet the Pros party.

3 As you may have heard, guest-room renovations at the Hunt Valley Inn are taking longer than expected and will still be going on during Shore Leave. (Full Announcement)


26 Returning for its sixth year is the Annual Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament.

Make all of Time and Space your backyard and come back with the photos to prove it, courtesy of The TARDIS Photo Booth.

23 We're pleased to announce that joining our guest list for this summer are Artists Mike McPhail and Tye Bourdony Scientist Emmett Plant and Authors Amy Griswold, Daniel Patrick Corcoran, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, David Niall Wilson, Jo Graham, Joseph F Berenato, Lance Woods, Leona Wisoker, Patricia Lee Macomber, T Eric Bakutis, Aaron Rosenberg, Ari McKay, Glenn Hauman, Jim Johnson, Mary Louise Davie, Melissa Scott, Russ Colchamiro, Susan Olesen, William Leisner, and Jon Gibbs.

22 During your visit to Balticon this weekend, be sure to stop by and say "Hi!" at our table.

19 We're thrilled to announce that for this summer's convention, Leonard Nimoy will be joining us via Skype and Teryl Rothery will be joining us in-person. (Please read the Full Announcement of Mr. Nimoy's appearance for important details.)

Mr. Nimoy has agreed to make autographed photos available by pre-order.

6 We're excited to announce that this year's Meet the Pros event will include three book premieres!


16 The Hunt Valley Inn is sold out for Shore Leave 36. A list of alternate hotels is available. The Hotel is sold out, not the convention.

14 We're pleased to announce that joining us this summer will be media guest Eve Myles.

Anyone fancy a nice cup of tea?

We regret to announce that science guest David Batchelor has had to cancel his Shore Leave 36 appearance.


25 The book New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics with contributions by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Robert Greenberger, and Dayton Ward will premiere this summer at Shore Leave.

16 This summer's lineup includes returning science guest, David Batchelor.

14 The new series Star Trek: Seekers, created by Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, David Mack, and Rob Caswell will premiere this summer at Shore Leave.

12 Also joining us ths summer are science guest Andrew McDonald and author guests Amanda Headlee, Diana Botsford, Jeffrey Lang, Sally Malcolm, Stuart S. Roth, and Susanna Reilly.

8 We're pleased to announce the return of author guests Joshua Palmatier, Kelly Meding, Kevin Summers, and Lorraine Anderson, Richard C. White, Rigel Ailur. Also joining us this summer is artist Rob Caswell.

Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity, edited by Phil Giunta, will be launched at this summer's convention.

4 Our Volunteer Forces are looking for a few good sentients.

3 The 32nd annual Blood Drive will take place on Saturday, August 2nd from 9:00am to 2:30pm and Sunday, August 3rd from 11:00am to 4:00pm.


23 We're pleased to announce two additional media guests. Joining us this summer are Silas Weir Mitchell and returning guest Michael Welch.

Also returning this summer are Shore Leave favorites The Boogie Knights and Luna-C.

15 Stop by and visit our table this weekend at Farpoint!

2 What does Shore Leave 36 have in common with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Duct Tape, and Stargate Command? If your answer is "Richard Dean Anderson," then you're right!

The Shore Leave committee is thrilled to announce our first guests for Shore Leave 36. Joining us this summer will be will be actor guests Richard Dean Anderson and Robert Picardo. (Read the full announcement.)

Also joining us this summer are author guests: Christopher L. Bennett, Kirsten Beyer, Greg Brodeur, Diane Carey, T.A. Chafin, Greg Cox, Kathleen David, Peter A. David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Dave Galanter, Phil Giunta, Robert Greenberger, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein, and Steven H. Wilson. And our science guests: Wayne Bird, Charles Blue, Kirk Borne, Jerry Feldman, Yoji Kondo, Stephanie J. Slater, Timothy F. Slater and Margaret A. Weitekamp.


5 Dealer's Room tables are available.


14 Registration for Shore Leave 36 is now open.


5 Thank you to all the guests, participants, volunteers, and attendees who helped make Shore Leave 35 a success. We're looking forward to another great convention next August and hope you can make it.

Visit the News Page for all Shore Leave announcements.

Also joining us this year are: Paul Abell, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Rigel Ailur, Lorraine Anderson, T Eric Bakutis, Christopher L. Bennett, Joseph F Berenato, Kirsten Beyer, Wayne Bird, Charles Blue, Kirk Borne, Diana Botsford, Tye Bourdony, A G Case, Rob Caswell, T.A. Chafin, Russ Colchamiro, Daniel Patrick Corcoran, Greg Cox, Kathleen David, Peter A. David, Mary Louise Davie, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Kelly Fast, Jerry Feldman, Michael Jan Friedman, Dave Galanter, Andrew E.C. Gaska, Phil Giunta, Jo Graham, Robert Greenberger, Amy Griswold, Glenn Hauman, Amanda Headlee, Lindley Johnson, The Boogie Knights, Yoji Kondo, Rob Landis, Jeffrey Lang, William Leisner, Luna-C, David Mack, Patricia Lee Macomber, Amy Mainzer, Sally Malcolm, Andrew McDonald, Ari McKay, Mike McPhail, Kelly Meding, Susan Olesen, Marco Palmieri, Patricia Papineau, Emmett Plant, Susanna Reilly, Aaron Rosenberg, Stuart S. Roth, Don Sakers, Melissa Scott, Stephanie J. Slater, Timothy F. Slater, Kevin G Summers, Michael R Underwood, Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein, Margaret A Weitekamp, Richard C. White, David Niall Wilson, Katie Mary Wilson, Steven H. Wilson, Leona Wisoker and Lance Woods

Shore Leave 36 will include:

Writing Workshops: Learn how to improve your writing from some of your favorite writers. Past panels have included writing about the non-fictional part of Trek; How to express point of view in your story; The trials and tribulations of being a writer and more.

Stargazing: View the planets, stars and galaxies that are visible from the Baltimore area.

Meet the Pros Party: Join our author guests for Shore Leave's autograph party. Be sure to meet the authors of the latest Pocket Book Trek or SF release.

Game Room: The Shore Leave game room offers many actitivies including Role Playing Games, Collectible Card Games, Miniature War Games, and more!

Photo Ops: Get your photo taken with your favorite stars and get the photos back in time to get them signed without the need to leave the hotel!

Fan Panels: We're always looking for ideas for fan-led panels and people to lead them. If you have suggestions for a panel, please Let us Know.

We now have an announcements e-mail list for all the latest news. Instructions on how to subscribe and unsubscribe are only a click away!

If you would like to be on our mailing list (specify email, snail mail or both), please contact us.

In Memoriam: Mary K. Satterthwaite

Mary K. SatterthwaiteThe Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of our friend and fellow club member, Mary K. Satterthwaite.

In the mid 1980s Mary K found herself in line at Shore Leave next to Cullen Satterthwaite. Not only did they both love Shore Leave but over time they discovered that they also loved each other. They married in 1991 and always held Shore Leave in their hearts because it had literally changed the course of both of their lives.

Over time they volunteered to work Guest Relations at Shore Leave, which they did for more than ten years. In 2010 Mary K became Co-Chair of Guest Relations for Shore Leave 32, a position that she held through Shore Leave 35. Mary K had a way of making people feel comfortable in her company and many of the actors that she worked with over the years wrote back afterwards to thank us for letting them work with her because she made their time so enjoyable.

Mary K lost her battle with cancer on October 30, 2013. She is survived by her husband Cullen and their two children, Samuel and Leira Satterthwaite. Her friends here at Shore Leave will miss her smile, laugh, and her warmth. It won't be the same without her.

In Memoriam: Jill Bratcher

Jill BratcherThe Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of our friend and fellow convention worker, Jill Bratcher.


Many years ago at a convention I met a beautiful, spirited woman named Jill. She had an infectious laugh, sparkling eyes and gave the best hugs! She called me Lovey. I think a lot of us were blessed with that moniker. It is sweet and beautiful and very Jill.

Over the years Jill became a friend. She talked to me about spirituality and joy and also about her fears. She was honest and thoughtful and always ready to laugh. She could light up a room just by walking into it. I often thought that I'd like to be more like her. The last time I saw Jill was at Shore Leave last year. I was able to spend a lot of time with her. I didn't know that would be our last meeting, but I did know she was sick. She soldiered on through that weekend with her trademark smile and her sense of silliness.

I was able to talk with Jill a number of times after that, even when she was in hospice. Special thanks goes to her wonderful friend Carrie who kept us all connected to Jill's journey. On the phone she kept me laughing with her trademark sayings. "Awesome Sauce" and "Okey Dokey Artichokey" come to mind. Through prayer circles and a collective spiritual awakening she connected us all. I will miss her laugh and her smile and her hugs and her grace. Her wonderful, luminous grace. She was a beautiful human being and she embodied all that we should strive to be. I miss her deeply as do so many of you. But I have no doubt that our angel is up in heaven watching over all of us.

Thank you Sweetpea for shining your light.

- Amanda Tapping

In Memoriam: Ann C. Crispin

Ann C. CrispinThe Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of author Ann C. Crispin. Ann was a guest at Shore Leave for decades, and her workshops and contributions to panels were always well attended and greatly appreciated. She has been a valuable mentor to writers at all levels and was a co-founder of Writer Beware.

Ann C. Crispin passed away on September 6, 2013 at the age of 63.

In Memoriam: Mark Marmor

The Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of our friend and long-time convention attendee, Mark Marmor.

Mark was a photo and autograph dealer from the early days of Shore Leave and in addition to other area conventions, was a regular at shows across the United States and Canada. In addition to setting up at shows, Mark also owned a store, Omega Zone, specializing in fannish merchandise. He will be missed by his fellow dealers and the fans as well.

In Memoriam: Margaret DeLorenzo

Margaret DeLorenzoThe Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of long-time attendee, Margaret DeLorenzo.

Margaret DeLorenzo passed away on August 5, 2013. She was a frequent presence at East Coast conventions in the late 70s, part of "The Contact Crowd" around the Contact fanzine, and one of Shore Leave's earliest supporters. In addition to holding badge #1 to the very first Shore Leave (and many of the subsequent ones as well), she also worked in the Shore Leave art show. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

In Memoriam: Page Lewis

Page LewisThe Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of our friend, Page Lewis.

Page Eileen Lewis passed away on March 1, 2014. She was one of Shore Leave's first supporters, and she continued to attend Shore Leave, even after events took her away from her home base in Wilmington, DE, to Atlanta, GA. She was an ardent Star Trek fan, a collector of memorabilia and autographs, and she ran the George Takei and Grace Lee Whitney fan clubs through the 1970s and '80s. Page edited and published fanzines, attended Star Trek conventions all over the US and the UK, and she was a constant presence at Shore Leave and Farpoint. She never let her limitations prevent her from doing anything she wanted to do. She will be missed. (Roberta Rogow, March 2014)