|Me and author/rock star Catherine Asaro|
|Catherine Asaro performing with her band The Diamond Star Project|
Five Year Mission is a local Indianapolis band, but I'm thinking they will become much more popular soon. The concept of the band is simple: They write and perform songs based upon the episodes from the original Star Trek television series. In the order the shows were aired (with one exception). Thus far they have one CD out (which I got a copy of) with songs from the first sixteen episodes, including The Cage, which is the one "out of order" episode (even though it was filmed first, it was not actually aired as its own episode and not within the Menagerie two part story until well after the original series had ended). They also make a video for each of their songs. Here's the one for The Cage:
The first CD also contains songs for The Man Trap, The Naked Time (with the chorus "Vulcans don't cry"), Miri (with the chorus "Bonk bonk. Bonk bonk on the head"), Balance of Terror, The Corbomite Maneuver ("someone get me a Tranya"), and my favorites The Menagerie Part I, Charlie X, The Conscience of the King, and Shore Leave. Every song is stuffed with Star Trek goodness. Not only is every song geeky fun, they are good songwriters and musicians so the songs are catchy and fun to listen to. The band has a website at Five Year Mission where you can get their CD, t-shirts, and other band related paraphernalia. They also have their videos on their site, and they also have a YouTube channel under the name fiveyearmission with all of their videos as well. I took some pictures of the band performing, but unfortunately they all turned out too dark to really see much of anything. If it is any consolation, you can see their band banner in the background of the pictures of Catherine Asaro singing (since she went on right after Five Year Mission had completed their set). If you get a chance to go see them, do. You won't regret it.
|The Diamond Star Project is an|
outgrowth of Asaro's recent Skolian
Saga novel Diamond Star
|Catherine Asaro signing books post-interview|
|I believe this is Richard Propes.|
I know this is from the "So, you want to
become a sci-fi/fantasy blogger?" panel
However, one of the few elements of InConJunction that seemed to me to be badly organized was the panels. Specifically, the panelists themselves. This is not to say the panelists weren't interesting or that they did a poor job, but the program did not list who the panelists for the various panels were, and apparently the panelists were not told ahead of time who would be joining them on the panels so they could contact one another and coordinate their presentations prior to the convention. This caused some problems, such as during the "Forgotten Classics of Sci-Fi" panel, when only one of the expected panelists showed up. I believe this was Ronald Hawkins); however, because I didn't think to take notes, I only remember a few of the names of the panelists.
|Me and author Rosemary Laurey|
The other panel Rosemary Laurey appeared on was the "Getting Published" panel. Actually, saying she appeared on it is something of an understatement. Once again, the lack of organization in identifying panel members resulted in only a single person showing up for the scheduled panel. Mrs. Laurey recruited another author friend of hers to join her on the panel, but unfortunately I cannot remember his name (if anyone who was there remembers, please let me know). This was a very informative session, as Mrs. Laurey recounted her own story detailing her path from teacher to published author, including all of the mistakes she made along the way. Her co panelist also recounted his story, and then they shared some wisdom about publishing contracts, editorial requests, and the distractions that you have to put aside to be able to actually finish your work, because work that isn't finished is unpublishable. Of all the panels I attended at InConJunction, this one was the most informative, despite the slight confusion concerning the panel members.
InConJunction is held every year on the weekend in July that is closest to July 4th. In 2012, InConJunction: It's the End of the World as We Know It will be held on the weekend of July 6th-8th. I am already planning on returning.