Star Trek fan Eric Hall of Utah went Borg at a past official Star Trek convention. The Las Vegas staple opens Thursday, July 31 at the Rio Suites Hotel. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
SERIOUSLY, THOUGH: Really. How do the fans do it? We're talking about the mega "Star Trek" buffs who put in the time, the effort, and the costuming at Comic-Con International and then, almost immediately, turn around and do it all over again at the official convention for the sci-fi stalwart in Las Vegas. Do they pack the protein power bars and take regular naps? Do they have one costume for Comic-Con and a whole other outfit for Sin City? Really, should there be an instructional how-to video on this, for cosplayers who face two major events in two different states in the space of the week? There should be. Until then, we'll consider the fans who ably do both to be privy to some sort of Trekkian space-time technology. And they'll be glad that they made the effort to get to the Las Vegas convention, which, as mentioned, is the official "Star Trek" convention: Some 104 Trek-related celebrities are set to show. Make that 104 "and counting," as a release says. Yes, William Shatner will be in the house at the Rio Suites Hotel, as will Kate Mulgrew. And the extras? There as plentiful as twinkling stars in the sky. Let's start with...
THE TREK WEDDING: A pair of attendees met in a queue back at the 2012 convention, love bloomed, and now a full-on "Imzadi" wedding ceremony'll go down at the con. And, yes, fans are invited (fingers crossed everyone in attendance will be in costume). The "Star Trek" centerpiece contest returns, as do trivia contests and behind-the-scenes peeks and "two special panels" from NASA, a first-time participant in the long-running convention (it marks a decade this year). So how many Trekkers are expected to show for this cosmic convening, which is on from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 3? Oh, 15,000, give or take. Surely a few of those will have been at Comic-Con, and we do doff our hat -- or give the Vulcan salute, rather -- to your tireless tenacity and devotion to all things Starfleet.