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Duckon 19: Lightning And Klingons And Geeks, Oh My

By aaroncynic in News on Jun 22, 2010 7:00PM

Hundreds of people turned out over the weekend for the 19th annual Duckon, one of the area's more unique sci-fi conventions. Due to the sheer amount of fantastic programming, we weren’t able to catch everything (we’re particularly sad we missed the Klingon People’s Court), but we saw as much as we could. There was something for every kind of geek available, from an entire track of Klingon Programming (including wedding vow renewal) to panels on how media and technology affect our culture as a whole. Geeks of both sexes were able to learn tips and tricks on how to get dates while fans of pretty much every sub genre of sci-fi could find a movie or television show marathon to watch. The conference included both a large open air market of books, clothes, toys and even weapons and a spectacular art auction.

Though the weather treated everyone poorly on Friday, a beautifully clear Saturday evening provided a great backdrop for a performance by the Masters of Lightning. Using two giant Tesla Coils, a man who calls himself Dr. Zeus is able to turn high voltage electricity into song, including the Imperial March from Star Wars, the theme song to Ghostbusters and the music from the video game Tetris. The Masters put on about an hour and a half show and despite some technical difficulties, pulled off some incredible visual stunts involving both electricity and fire.