CONvergence is an annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media: a 4-day event with more than 6,000 members, and the premiere event of our kind in the upper mid-west.
CONvergence 2016: …And, How do we get there? celebrates methods of travel in science fiction and fantasy. It is all about getting there in style! It could be a souped up muscle car lovingly dubbed “Black Beauty” used to race across town and fight crime. Or maybe it is a 1960’s police call box that is bigger on the inside used to race across space and time to fix problems. Or maybe even a white telepathic horse that is an avatar to dispense justice. The methods of travel can make or break a story.
As Dr Emmett Brown said, “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” The vehicles used can be subtle, flashy, outrageous, or seemingly impossible. One thing is certain, the method of travel is just as much an integral part of the story as the characters themselves.
So bring forth the flying carpets, light-cycles, hovercraft, magical animals, incredible spaceships, crime fighting helicopters, supernatural shoes, teleportation devices, and suspended animation pods! When we stand and say, “Let’s go!” it is time to ask, “… And, how do we get there?”