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S.L. convention to spotlight 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars'

"Star Trek" meets "Star Wars" Saturday during a science-fiction convention that brings together two members of television's "Deep Space Nine" cast and C-3PO himself.

Anthony Daniels, who has played the protocol droid, C-3PO, in all four "Star Wars" movies (including "The Phantom Menace"), will be guest of honor at the Sci-Fi Celebration. Also in attendance will be "DS9's" Nana Visitor ("Kira") and Alexander Siddig ("Dr. Bashir").The event will be held from from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, in the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple. Admission is $40 for adults, $20 for children (ages 2-12).

All attendees will receive autographed photos of Daniels and have an opportunity to pose for photos with the British actor, according to Dave Scott, convention coordinator for Slanted Fedora Entertainment.

"This is truly a unique opportunity for Salt Lake City and fans of the hit of the century . . . to spend the day in science-fiction 'geek' heaven," Scott said.

Visitor and Siddig, who are married in real life, will be making their first joint convention appearance. The accomplished stage performers will also perform a special presentation of "Love Letters," by A.R. Gurney. (The 6:30 p.m. performance requires a separate admission of $20.)

"Love Letters" is a two-act, two-character play about the friendship and romance between a couple, described through their correspondences from age 6 to their golden years.

"Conventions are not generally known as cultural escapes," Scott said. "But with talent like this, we are thrilled to add this special and unique attraction to the convention."

A joint "Star Trek"/"Star Wars" event, the Sci-Fi Celebration, will feature question-and-answer sessions with the stars, costume and game contests and a dealers' room of local and national merchants selling science-fiction related apparel, toys and other goods.

It will also feature a special performance by a Hollywood-style stunt team showing the ins and outs of Bath'let fighting. (The Bath'let is a swordlike, hand-held weapon favored by Klingon characters in the "Star Trek" television shows.)

Scott said the event promises to be one of the largest of its kind and will be "truly a full day, full of everything a sci-fi fan could want.

"In the past, area fans have had to travel to Seattle or even Los Angeles for a convention of this size."