ConVERGE (science fiction and fantasy con)

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Science Fiction Convention
Name: ConVERGE
Dates: 1988, 1990
Location: New Zealand
Type: science fiction media
Focus: science fiction, fantasy, Star Trek
Founder: Lana Brown
Founding Date: 1988
ConVERGE logo by Lana Brown, 1988
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ConVERGE was the New Zealand science fiction and fantasy convention. It had celebrity guests and was a fan-run con, instigated by Lana Brown and her committees.


The first ConVERGE was on October 21-24, 1988, in Wanganui. Guest of Honor was writer David Gerrold and Fan Guest of Honor was Australia's Ian McLean. A highlight was the working replica of the Star Trek: The Original Series bridge set, coordinated by Mary MacLachlan and the Auckland Science Fiction Modellers' Club.


ConVERGE II was held on June 1-4, 1990, at the Airport Hilton, Kilbirnie, Wellington. The scheduled guests were Tracy Tormé (fresh from the writing staff of Star Trek: The Next Generation), Richard Arnold (Paramount's Star Trek Archivist), and actor Brent Spiner, although Spiner was unable to attend due to professional commitments. Fan Guest of Honor was James Benson.The theme of the masquerade was a "Dixon Hill" holodeck party, celebrating a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "The Big Goodbye".