A three-day Star Trek convention featuring a galaxy of activities will be held today through Sunday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.
Upward of 1,500 die-hard Star Trek and general science fiction fans are expected to attend the conclave, Shore Leave 14, organizers say.
"Many people think that Star Trek conventions are underground, cultish gatherings," said Rosanna Kroll, media and public relations chair of the Star Trek Association of Towson, which is sponsoring the event. "However, non-fans have come to conventions to try them and ended up enjoying them.
"People who didn't think they were Trekkers," she added, "became Trekkers."
Among the scheduled events are a masquerade costume contest and a "Ten Forward Dance," Ten Forward being the recreation room on the Starship Enterprise.
Special guests include Capt. Daniel C. Roper, commander of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Enterprise ; Mark Lenard, "Sarek" in both the television series and several of the Star Trek films and Majel Barrett Roddenberry, "Lwaxana Troi" in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and Nurse Chapel in the original "Star Trek".
The convention runs noon to midnight today; 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. tomorrow and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A three-day pass is $40 for adults, $10 for children 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. Single-day admission will range from $15 to $25. Call (410) 821-5563 for more information.