I spent an evening with a Klingon (not Maltz) and a Sagan! Actor/writer J.G. Hertzler (aka Klingon General Martok on ST:DS9, and Ithaca resident apparently) and author Nick Sagan (The Idlewild trilogy) spoke at a local Science Cabaret presentation.
The main focus was on Star Trek and its reach. I wasn’t disappointed by any means, but somehow I expected something a touch more than a panel I could find at almost any convention I’ve attended. Still, Sagan (whom I’ve seen speak before) and Hertzler were very engaging and open. I got to talk bat’leths with Hertzler afterward, and told him a little bit about the Ithaca thing of people randomly knitting in audiences.
I even managed to sneak in a question during the Q&A! I mentioned the huge spate of sci-fi TV shows since Trek, none of which had an influence that even came close. I wondered, both of them being well-versed in sci-fi literature and television, if they had an inkling what a future sci-fi show would have to do to attain that.
They didn’t know. To be fair, it’s a difficult question; not like I had anything close to an answer. But as a friend pointed out, “You stumped a Sagan!”