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Hot on the heels of announcing Wilson Cruz joining us at #FarpointCon2022, we are pleased to announce that our friend Timothy Zahn is making his return to join us too!
Timothy Zahn is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy. He is known best for his prolific collection of Star Wars books, chiefly the Thrawn series, and has published several other series of novels of his own original creation, in addition to many works of short fiction.
Zahn’s novella Cascade Point won the 1984 Hugo Award. He is the author of the Blackcollar trilogy and the Cobra series (eight novels so far), fourteen Star Wars expanded universe novels, including thirteen novels featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn: the Thrawn trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn duology, Outbound Flight, Choices of One, Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances, Thrawn: Treason, and the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy.
The Thrawn trilogy marked a revival in the fortunes of the Star Wars franchise, bringing it widespread attention for the first time in years; all three Thrawn trilogy novels made the New York TimesBest Seller List, and set the stage and tone for most of the franchise’s expanded universe content. Zahn also wrote the young adult Dragonback series and the popular Conquerors’ trilogy.
We have received the unfortunate news that Brent Spiner and Sean Gunn are cancelling their appearances at #FarpointCon2022 because of production delays on their respective projects that have pushed their film schedules out into March 2022.
This bad news does allow us to offer some good news as well. Please join us in welcoming Wilson Cruz, Dr. Hugh Culber from Star Trek: Discovery! He also can be seen on the Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why, playing the role of ‘Dennis Vasquez.’ Early in his career, Wilson won the hearts of audiences playing ‘Rickie Vasquez’ on MY SO CALLED LIFE. It was the first openly gay teenager role to air on network television.
Wilson’s theater accolades include his portrayal of the critically acclaimed role of Angel in the Broadway and West Coast premiere productions of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical RENT. His portrayal earned him the Los Angeles Ovation Award and Dramalogue Award. He also starred in Tick, Tick, BOOM! at the Westport Country Playhouse, West Coast Premiere, and its first National Tour.
On the frontlines of LGBT advocacy, Wilson Cruz recently served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and as National Spokesperson for GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT media advocacy organization. Wilson also wrote and is executive producing a sixpart docuseries, OUT OF THE BOX: HOW AMERICA CAME OUT ON TV.
Sean Gunn is known for his role as Kraglin in the Marvel Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In addition to portraying Kraglin, Sean also provides on-set motion capture performance for Rocket Raccoon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe productions, working in both Guardians films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in this capacity. Gilmore Girls fans remember him as Kirk, one of the quirky townies of Stars Hollow.
Maisie Richardson-Sellers is a British actress known for her role as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Charlie on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow. She has also played Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, and a starring role as King Saul of Israel’s daughter Michal in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets.
Convention membership tickets and hotel room reservations are available now here on our website. We look forward to seeing you at #FarpointCon2021 in February.
Penny Johnson Jerald was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She trained at the Juilliard School, where her classmates in 1982 included fellow actors Megan Gallagher, Jack Kenny, Jack Stehlin, and Lorraine Toussaint.
She currently portrays Dr. Claire Finn in the FOX show “The Orville”, with the character also hailing from Penny’s hometown of Baltimore, MD. Dr. Finn leads the ship’s staff of medical officers and has established herself as a source of strength for the rest of the senior staff. Her presence both on the Orville’s bridge and in sick bay places her in the unique position to help the bridge officers and to communicate the needs of the rest of the ship.
Jerald began her career with small guest roles, appearing in
The Paper Chase from 1984 to 1986, General Hospital in 1986, and Do the Right
Thing in 1989 before playing the title character’s unflappable personal
assistant, Beverly Barnes, on The Larry Sanders Show. Throughout the 1990s,
Jerald guest starred in several television series, including Parker Lewis Can’t
Lose, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Grace Under Fire, Cosby and Family Law.
Following Larry Sanders, Jerald appeared in the 1997 film
Absolute Power and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine playing freighter captain Kasidy
Yates, the love interest for the series’ main character Benjamin Sisko, a
recurring role which she played from 1995 to the show’s end in 1999. She also
had a recurring guest role on ER as Lynette Evans from 1998 to 1999. She then
appeared as Roscoe Dellums in the Emmy Award winning TV movie The Color of
Friendship. Jerald has also guest starred on Frasier, The Practice, Touched by
an Angel, The X-Files and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne among her many credits.
Jerald’s arguably most-recognized role came in 2001 when she
appeared in the pilot episode of the Kiefer Sutherland-led Fox series, 24,
playing Sherry Palmer, the wife of Senator David Palmer. She appeared in all
but two of the first season episodes and multiple episodes of the second and
In 2003, Jerald played Condoleezza Rice in DC 9/11: Time of
Crisis, a TV movie about the September 11 attacks in 2001. She reprised the
role in the miniseries The Path to 9/11, which aired September 10–11, 2006.
Jerald joined the cast of ABC’s Castle in its fourth season
as the new captain of the 12th Precinct, Victoria “Iron” Gates,
replacing Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s deceased character Roy Montgomery as captain
of the precinct.
Jerald also teaches acting workshops and produces and
directs for Outreach Christian Theater Company, which she and her musician
husband Gralin Jerald founded in 1994.