Norman Spinrad

Friday, July 6

  • 8:30pm – Blastoff Party – Markham

Saturday July 7

  • Noon – Autographs – Marketplace (E1: Bakaa Phoenix Books)
  • 1pm – Main Stage – York
  • 6pm – The Doomsday Machine – Aurora

Sunday July 8

  • 1pm – Autographs – Marketplace (E1: Bakaa Phoenix Books)
  • Noon – Reading – Pres. Boardroom

All appearances are subject to change or cancellation.


Norman Spinrad is the author of over twenty novels, including Bug Jack Barron, The Iron Dream, Child of Fortune, Pictures at 11, Greenhouse Summer, and The Druid King.

He has also published something like 60 short stories collected in half a dozen volumes. The novels and stories have been published in about 15 languages.

His most recent novel length publication in English is He Walked Among Us, published in April 2010 by Tor in hardcover and April 2011 in trade paperback.

He’s written teleplays, including the classic Star Trek episode, The Doomsday Machine and two produced feature films Druids and La Sirene Rouge. He is a long time literary critic, sometime film critic, perpetual political analyst, and sometime songwriter.

He’s also briefly been a radio phone show host, has appeared as a vocal artist on three albums, and occassionally performs live. He’s been a literary agent, and President of the Science Fiction Writers of America and World SF. He’s posted 28 YouTube videos to date.

He grew up in New York, has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Paris, and travelled widely in Europe and rather less so in Latin America, Asia, and Oceania.

Learn more about Norman by reading his blog Norman Spinrad At Large.

Mr. Norman Spinrad’s planned schedule* of events:

Saturday, July 7 2012

Sunday, July 8 2012

* – To avoid disappointment, please do not arrive at the last minute as the schedule is subject to change.

For a complete listing of scheduled activities, please visit our schedule page.

John Paladin

Friday, July 6

  • 8:30pm – Blastoff Party – Markham

Saturday July 7

  • 2pm – Main Stage – York
  • Vist his table – Markplace – L08 across form Dealers Room Entrance.

Sunday July 8

  • 11am – Main Stage – York
  • Visit his table in Markplace – L08 across form Dealers Room Entrance.

All appearances are subject to change or cancellation.


John Paladin is a former radio disc jockey, has had two records on the country charts, has acting credentials in radio commercials, TV commercials, and movies. He was a drummer in two country bands and has worked with Dave Dudley, Bobby Bare, Jack Scott and many others. He currently owns Paladin Productions, Inc., his own audio production company.

His makeup expertise goes back more than 10 years, including being J.G. Hertzler’s personal makeup artist on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men and was the head special makeup artist on Star Trek: Kitumba — both productions from Star Trek: Phase II Productions. He is also featured as a Klingon in ‘Kitumba.’ He is currently the convention makeup artist for J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Barbara March, and Gwynyth Walsh.

His specialty is Klingons, and when you see Martok and Gowron … you’ll know why.

You too can be made up to look like a Klingon by John Paladin by entering the Klingon Make-up Contest.

Mr. John Paladin’s planned schedule* of events:

Saturday, July 7 2012

  • Main Stage Talk: 2pm

Sunday, July 8 2012

  • Main Stage Talk: 11am

* – To avoid disappointment, please do not arrive at the last minute as the schedule is subject to change.

For a complete listing of scheduled activities, please visit our schedule page.

J. G. Hertzler

ATTENDING ALL WEEKEND!

J. G. Hertzler

Friday, July 6

  • 8:30pm – Blastoff Party – Markham

Saturday July 7

  • Noon – Photos Sessions – Markham (In Costume)
  • 2pm-4pm – Autographs – Vaughan
  • 11am – Main Stage – York (In Costume)

Sunday July 8

  • 10am – Photos Sessions – Markham (Not in Costume)
  • 2pm-4pm – Autographs – Vaughan
  • 1pm – Main Stage – York (Not in Costume)

All appearances are subject to change or cancellation.


Mr. John Garman “J.G.” is an actor from Savannah, Georgia, best-known role is ‘Martok,’ whom he played for four seasons on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9).  He also wrote the continuation of his character’s story in The Left Hand of Destiny novel diptych with Jeffrey Lang.

In addition, Hertzler has provided voice-over roles on several Star Trek computer games, including Star Trek: Armada and Star Trek: Armada II as the voice of Martok. Hertzler also played the role of ‘Koval’ in the independent production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. In 2007, it was announced that Hertzler would play ‘Harry Mudd’ in a forthcoming edition of Star Trek: New Voyages, which he would also direct.

Hertzler has since guest-starred on such shows as The Adventures of Brisco Country, Jr., Diagnosis Murder, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Seinfeld, Charmed, Roswell and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

He has since appeared in two films starring Battlestar Galactica’s Richard Hatch: 2005′s The Great War of Magellan (which Hatch also wrote, produced, and directed) and InAlienable. The former movie also starred Brad Dourif and Richard Lynch, while the latter project was written by Walter Koenig and featured fellow Star Trek alumni Erick Avari, Gary Graham, Richard Herd, Andrew Koenig, Judy Levitt, Lisa LoCicero, Courtney Peldon, Jeff Rector, Alan Ruck, and Marina Sirtis.

In addition to his film and television work, Hertzler has supplied his voice to a number of video games, in addition to the Star Trek games mentioned above. He and his DS9 co-star Armin Shimerman both had voice-over roles in the 2007 computer game BioShock.

In a special feature on the DS9 7th Season DVD set (disc 7), Hertzler remarks, “You know, the thing about Star Trek is they use more theater people, Shakespearian-trained (I’ve done a lot of Shakespeare — most of the Klingons have done a lot of Shakespeare) and that’s something that Star Trek was unique. Is unique. They tend to go with people who can operate in a strangely heightened reality and somehow make it as close to reality as you can. That’s sci-fi, you know, that’s what you need.”

You too can be made up to look like a Klingon by John Paladin by entering the Klingon Make-up Contest.

Membership Name for Raffle Draw ($5 per)

You can get a picture with yourself, J.G. Hertzler, and Robert O’Reilly, in their Klingon Make-up (by John Paladin)  Saturday during our Guest Photo session

Polaris and TCON Promotional Society would like to thank Mr. J.G. Hertzler for agreeing to join us for this year’s Polaris.

 

Mr. J.G. Hertzler’s planned schedule* of events:

Friday, July 6 2012

Saturday, July 7 2012 (In Costume)

Sunday, July 8 2012

* – To avoid disappointment, please do not arrive at the last minute as the schedule is subject to change.
** – Not all guests may be present for the entire Blastoff Party.
*** – Photo sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes on Saturday and 30 minutes on Sunday.  However, if there is no one in line, then the guest is free to leave.

For a complete listing of scheduled activities, please visit our schedule page.

Robert O’Reilly

ATTENDING ALL WEEKEND!

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Friday, July 6 

  • 8:30pm – Blastoff Party – Markham

Saturday July 7

  • Noon – Photos Sessions – Markham (In Costume)
  • 2pm-4pm – Autographs – Vaughan
  • 11am – Main Stage – York (In Costume)

Sunday July 8

  • 10am – Photos Sessions – Markham (Not in Costume)
  • 2pm-4pm – Autographs – Vaughan
  • 1pm – Main Stage – York (Not in Costume)

All appearances are subject to change or cancellation.


Robert O’Reilly is an actor best known for his portrayal of Klingon ‘Chancellor Gowron’ on Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9).

His first Star Trek appearance was in 1989 and his last was in 2003. He played Gowron for nine years. When he first auditioned for the role, he attempted to portray him as cold and calculating, but feeling this was not as successful, at his next audition, he flared his eyes aggressively (which Gowron has now come to be known for) and successfully obtained the role.

At DS9′s wrap party, O’Reilly said DS9: “Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang” was his favorite DS9 episode.

Robert’s stage work has spanned a broad spectrum from Shakespeare (King Lear and Hamlet) and Sam Shepard (True West) to original plays (When The Bough Breaks) and the original production of The Grapes of Wrath. He is proud to have starred in the original productions of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 (plays written by and based on the books by Ray Bradbury, who has since become a friend).

O’Reilly has appeared in film and stage productions. He has also guest starred in numerous television series, including Cheers, Knight Rider, Sledge Hammer!, MacGyver, In the Heat of the Night, Max Headroom, T.J. Hooker, The Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Manimal, The Incredible Hulk, The Fall Guy and NYPD Blue.

Robert resides with his wife in Los Angeles. During his infrequent times of rest and recreation, you may find him playing a round of golf, attending an enjoyable game of baseball, or watching a good film or television show, particularly if it’s set in the Star Trek universe.

You too can be made up to look like a Klingon by John Paladin by entering the Klingon Make-up Contest.

Membership Name for Raffle Draw ($5 per)

You can get a picture with yourself, J.G. Hertzler, and Robert O’Reilly, in their Klingon Make-up (by John Paladin)  Saturday during our Guest Photo session

Polaris and TCON Promotional Society would like to thank Mr. Robert O’Reilly for agreeing to join us for this year’s Polaris.

 

Mr. Robert O’Reilly’s planned schedule* of events:

Friday, July 6 2012

Saturday, July 7 2012 (In Costume)

Sunday, July 8 2012

* – To avoid disappointment, please do not arrive at the last minute as the schedule is subject to change.
** – Not all guests may be present for the entire Blastoff Party.
*** – Photo sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes on Saturday and 30 minutes on Sunday.  However, if there is no one in line, then the guest is free to leave.

For a complete listing of scheduled activities, please visit our schedule page.

Wil Wheaton

ATTENDING ALL WEEKEND!

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Friday, July 6

  • 8:30pm Blastoff Party Markham

Saturday July 7

  • 5pm Photos Sessions Markham
  • 1pm-3pm Autographs Vaughan
  • 4pm Main Stage York

Sunday July 8

  • Noon Photos Sessions Markham
  • 2pm-4pm Autographs Vaughan
  • 4pm Main Stage York

All appearances are subject to change or cancellation.


Mr. Wil Wheaton’s successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers. He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular ‘Wesley Crusher’ on Star Trek: The Next Generation and opposite Robin Williams in Flubber. But Wil is much more than just an actor; he’s an author, blogger, voice actor, widely-followed original Twitter user, and a champion of geek culture. 

Wil currently splits his time between acting and writing. He currently recurs as Doctor Isaac Parrish on SyFy’s hit series Eureka, as computer hacker Chaos on TNT’s Leverage, and as a “delightfully evil version” of himself on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. He has recently appeared as serial killer ‘Floyd Hansen’ on Criminal Minds, comic book publisher ‘Miles Sklar’ on NUMB3RS, as the voice of ‘Ted Kord, the Silver Age Blue Beetle’, on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and as Axis of Anarchy leader Fawkes in Felicia Day’s smash hit webseries The Guild.

An avid and passionate gamer, Wil gave the keynote address to the 2007 Penny Arcade Expo, and delivered the inagural keynote address to PAX East in 2010. He has been featured on the long-running Wizards of the Coast Dungeons and Dragons podcast as the Eladrin Avenger Aeofel, and provides voices for numerous videogames, including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Red Dead Redemption, Brutal Legend, Fallout: New Vegas, and DC Universe Online.

As an author, he’s published several acclaimed books, including: Just A Geek, Dancing Barefoot, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, and Memories of the Future Volume 1, a humorous and nostalgic episode guide of the first half of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. All of his books grew out of Wil’s immensely popular, award-winning weblog, which he created at WIL WHEATON dot NET and currently maintains at WIL WHEATON dot NET: in Exile. While most celebrities are happy to let publicists design and maintain their websites, Wil took a decidedly different turn when he started blogging in 2001. He designed, coded, and maintained WWdN entirely on his own, until he “blew up” his sites’ database in 2005 and moved his blog to the TypePad service. In 2003, Forbes.com readers voted WWdN the “Best Celebrity Weblog.” Wil’s blog was chosen by C|Net for inclusion in their 100 most influential blogs, and is an “A” lister, according to Blogebrity.com. In the 2002 weblog awards (the bloggies) Wil won every category in which he was nominated, including “Weblog of the Year.” In 2007, Wil was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Bloggie, alongside Internet powerhouses Slashdot and Fark. In the 2008 weblog awards, Wil was voted the “Best Celebrity Blogger,” and in 2009 Forbes named him the 14th most influential web celebrity. This is all amusing to Wil, who doesn’t think of himself as a celebrity, but is instead, “just this guy, you know?”

Polaris and TCON Promotional Society would like to thank Mr. Wil Wheaton for agreeing to join us for this year’s Polaris.

 

Mr. Wil Wheaton’s planned schedule* of events:

Friday, July 6 2012

Saturday, July 7 2012

Sunday, July 8 2012

* – To avoid disappointment, please do not arrive at the last minute as the schedule is subject to change.
** – Not all guests may be present for the entire Blastoff Party.
*** – Photo sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes on Saturday and 30 minutes on Sunday.  However, if there is no one in line, then the guest is free to leave.

For a complete listing of scheduled activities, please visit our schedule page.


Biography taken from WWdn: In Exile.  For more information on Mr. Wheaton, please visit his IMDB page, his blog, or follow him on Twitter.