The Visions science fiction convention used to be held annually at Thanksgiving
Weekend in Chicago, Illinois. I attend when possible,
and I've had a pretty good time. Here's some pictures I took at the 1995 Visions.
Visions had an opening ceremony
to introduce the guests, usually with some sort of little gags. These sequences show various guests during
|Paul Cornell &
The first picture (31K JPG) in the first row is of Norman Lovett,
who played the computer face and voice of Holly on the British science-fiction comedy Red Dwarf. The
second (28K JPG) is of
Doctor Who New Adventures
writers Paul Cornell and Kate Orman. The
third (29K JPG) is of stunt man/fight arranger Terry Walsh, who has participated
in numerous British TV shows. The fourth (30K JPG) is of Paul Darrow, who played
the notorious Avon on the British science-fiction drama Blakes 7. The fifth (28K JPG)
is of Mira Furlan, who plays Ambassador Delenn on
Babylon 5. The last picture (30K JPG) in the first row is of Michael Praed,
who played Robin Hood in the first season of Showtime's Robin of Sherwood series.
The first picture (33K JPG) of the second row is of Anneke Willis,
who played Polly on Doctor Who in the 1960's. The second (33K JPG) is of Hattie
Hayridge, who played the computer face and voice of Hilly on Red Dwarf. The third
(30K JPG) is of Michael O'Hare, who played Commander Sinclair on Babylon 5. The fourth
(37K JPG) is of Gareth Thomas, who played Blake on Blake's 7. Last (49K JPG), but
certainly not least, is "the man who needs no microphone", Brian Blessed. Brian has had numerous stage and
screen roles, including that of Vultan, King of the Hawk-men, in the Flash Gordon movie.
|Michael O. &
and Paul I
and Paul II
Visions featured many chances to get
your picture taken with the celebrities. This sequence shows myself with the various guests. Three of the
pictures require some further explanation. The Doctor Who Troop (54K JPG) includes
three guests who didn't make it to the opening ceremonies: Sylvester McCoy (the 7th Doctor), Sophie
Aldred (who played Ace), and Michael Craze (who played Ben Jackson), along with Anneke Willis. Obviously we
were all in goofy mode!
The fifth picture (57K) is the "normal" picture of myself with Brian,
Gareth, and Paul. Right after that, somebody (I can't remember who) said something that caused us all to crack
up. The photographer surprised us all by taking another picture (49K JPG) and catching
us all looking like doofuses!
By the way, my white T-shirt says "Tardis Express: When it absolutely, positively, has to be
Visions' panel sessions were somewhat
similar to "Meet the Press" - the celebrities come out and answer questions from the audience about themselves,
their careers, and the shows of interest. I didn't get to many of the panels due to time spent in autograph
and photo lines. However, I did attend this one featuring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Michael Craze, and
I would like to apologize to Kate Orman
and Jon Blum for this sequence. I sat directly behind them, and I may have fried their follicles with
One reason for attending this convention was to meet in person the people that I'd been
acquainted with from the USENET newsgroup rec.arts.drwho. The
first picture (66K JPG) shows some of the USENETers in attendance. On the top
row are (left-to-right): Don Gillikin, Jon Blum, Carrie O'Grady, Paul Cornell, Graeme Burk, and
Kate Orman. The bottom row (left-to-right) includes
Robert Smith, Mike Doran, and Steve Traylen.
The second picture (52K JPG) is of Kate Orman and Jon Blum.
Visions and most other science
fiction conventions feature dealer rooms with memorabilia from many TV shows, movies, or books. The
first picture (41K JPG) is a model of the Martian fighting machines from the movie
"War of the Worlds". The cons can also include exhibits from science- or science-fiction oriented groups.
The second picture (34K JPG) is an exhibit by a group promoting model rocketry -
a 6-foot high rocket that looks more like a surface-to-air missile to me!
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