Earthbound (Space: 1999 convention)

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Convention
Name: Earthbound
Dates: July 22-24, 2005
Frequency: Once
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
Type:
Focus: Space: 1999
Organization: Stone Hill Science Fiction Association
Founder: Ellen Celeste Lindow
Founding Date: 2005
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Earthbound is a Space: 1999 con that was held July 22-24, 2005 at the Crown Plaza in Sabal Park, Tampa, Florida. Special guests were Barry Morse, Shane Rimmer, Kathryn Leigh Scott, and Ryan Case.

Telephone conference calls were held with Nick Tate, Sylvia Anderson, and Zienia Merton.

This convention was held in conjunction with the Stone Hill Science Fiction Association. The con was chaired by Ellen Celeste Lindow and staffers included Robert E. Wood, Anthony Wynn, Michael Lindow and Charlene Scott. There were approximately 175 attendees.

Special events included a Banquet with the Stars celebrating the 30th anniversary of Space: 1999. A large birthday cake was served to attendees and the Happy Birthday song was sung to the show. Morse also made a special toast to all the fans in attendance, rephrasing his famous words from the episode Black Sun: "To everything that was; To everything yet to be".

The charity zine Everything Yet To Be debuted at the con. The con charity was The Parkinson Foundation. Donation: $2,550.

Special guest Shane Rimmer suffered a heart attack during the convention and was rushed to the hospital by con chair Ellen Celeste Lindow and Charlene Scott. Rimmer had stents placed in his coronary arteries and returned home to the UK a few days after the procedure. The event occurred on the last day of the con and the situation was withheld from attendees.

Also known as "SpaceCon 2005" or "TampaCon 2"; as a previous Space: 1999 con had also chaired by Ellen Celeste Lindow and held in Tampa, Florida in 2001.

The con program contains 28 pages, has a cover by Ken Scott, filmographies of guests, notable quotes from the show, and features art by Emilio Sanchez.

Contact, The Play

Actors Ryan Case and Barry Morse presented the world premiere of the science fiction one-act stage play Contact by Doug Grissom at the convention: