A legal victory for the kickstarted Star Trek mashup censored by Dr Seuss's estate

Last October, the Dr Seuss estate used legal threats to halt a wildly successful crowdfunded Seuss/Star Trek mashup called "Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go," whose contributors included comics legend Ty Templeton and Tribbles creator David Gerrold. Read the rest

A beautiful classic Star Trek Tricorder

I have always wanted a TRI-Function reCORDER. Of all the cool gadgets they had on Star Trek the science Tricorder was my favorite.

This lovely Diamond Select model is well made, comes completely with all the sound effects and lights up quite nicely. I also like the smaller medical tricorder, which was just a salt shaker during filming of TOS.

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An oral history of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s iconic episode 'The Inner Light'

In honor of its 25th anniversary, Nerdist has a lovely oral history of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “The Inner Light,” the episode where Captain Picard lives an entire life in the span of a few moments.

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Who will wear this Star Trek tank top in public?

This has to be one of the most impossible shirts I've ever considered wearing!

Scotty looks worried.

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First Star Trek: Discovery trailer

Sand. The indefinite but distinctive quality of Star Trek dialogue. We can beam out of the wilds any time. Space is desaturated now, but still with a brightly diverse cast. 1990s Babylon 5 outfits. Xtreme Klingons. Vulcan on the bridge (Type: Jewish ☐, British ☐, 1950s transatlantic newsreel accent ☑). "Starfleet doesn't fire first." Alien Mason Verger senses death.

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Shatner auctioning Captain Kirk action figure that went to space

William Shatner is auctioning off his Captain Kirk action figure that orbited the Earth in 2014 aboard the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft. It's part of Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show fundraiser that supports therapeutic horse riding programs for children with special needs. From the auction listing:

Star Trek Captain Kirk Action Figure of Captain Kirk in an Environmental Suit was the perfect choice to be part of the cargo that was flown aboard Orion EFT-1! The Orion EFT-1 flew two orbits around the earth on December 5, 2014. On the second orbit it reached a high apogee and reentered the Earth's atmosphere at 20,000 miles per hour. This action figure went along for the ride. The figure is still sealed in the shipping package it came back with and includes a folder with a letter of authentifiation from Lockheed Martin the flight certificate and a note from Mr. Shatner. In addition Mr. Shatner will personally autograph the figure for the winner if they choose. How many people can claim that they have a Star Trek action figure that flew on Orion?

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On “Kirk drift,” the strange mass cultural misremembering of Captain Kirk

In this really fantastic long-form essay published in the online magazine Strange Horizons, Erin Horáková digs into the weird way William Shatner’s James T. Kirk has been collectively misremembered by popular culture. As she writes:

There is no other way to put this: essentially everything about Popular Consciousness Kirk is bullshit. Kirk, as received through mass culture memory and reflected in its productive imaginary (and subsequent franchise output, including the reboot movies), has little or no basis in Shatner’s performance and the television show as aired. Macho, brash Kirk is a mass hallucination.

Horáková walks through the phenomenon in great detail because, as she notes, “I believe people often rewatch the text or even watch it afresh and cannot see what they are watching through the haze of bullshit that is the received idea of what they’re seeing. You ‘know’ Star Trek before you ever see Star Trek: a ‘naive’ encounter with such a culturally cathected text is almost impossible, and even if you manage it you probably also have strong ideas about that period of history, era of SF, style of television, etc to contend with.”

Horáková goes on to explore the ways in which “Kirk drift” is connected to toxic masculinity, history, culture, and so much more. For instance:

The heterosexism goggles, which derange content via chauvinist interpretive paradigms, become not just inaccurate but horrifying when we look at episodes like “The Gamesters of Triskelion.” How would you read the scene in “Gamesters” where Kirk, terrified (with some reason) Uhura will be sexually assaulted and that he’ll be able to do nothing to help her, seduces his own captor in an effort to protect Uhura and get his people out of this situation if Kirk were a woman?

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Make silly noises and fight Kirk in your own Gorn mask

I had forgotten how goofy the monster noises were in the epic Kirk vs Gorn battle. With this excellent mask and a few groans you too could rough up Starfleet's more daring Captain.

Evidently you'll need to make your own body suit, but the mask looks nicer than the actual prop.

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A snuggle with Tribbles

I've always wanted a few tribbles around the house.

First introduced in David Gerrold's episode The Trouble with Tribbles, the Tribble a super cuddly invasive species! Spock said they have no purpose but to eat and to reproduce, but that's because a Vulcan doesn't love snuggles!

I have one of my own, so this guy'll go on the shelf next to my phaser.

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Turns out Star Trek redshirts are not likeliest to die

The Museum of Mathematics recently hosted James Grime's talk "Star Trek: The Math of Khan." He debunked a common stereotype about the show's security detail: redshirts are not the most likely crew to die. Read the rest

Every Sci-Fi star map

Kicked off by a post from The Watcher, the RPG.Net forums made The Only Sci Fi Star Chart You'll Ever Need—a cartographic compendium of common space opera tropes.

I'll start the ball rolling by listing a few potential areas and features:

The Diverse Alliance of Nice Guys (or should it be The Nice Alliance of Diverse Guys?) Proud Warrior Empire Space Nazi Territory Star Faring Rome The Do Not Cross Zone Elves With Starships Casablanca Station Ancient Space Gods' Lawn Pleasure World Starship Graveyard Hostile Robot Hordes Anomaly #12

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A moving biography of the late Leonard Nimoy for children

Anyone who remembers Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan can’t help but be at least a little choked up recalling the scene in which Spock sacrifices himself for his crew members. He regards Kirk with compassion before quietly delivering his epitaph, “I have been, and always will be, your friend. Live long and prosper.” Author Rich Michelson was fortunate enough to have his own friendship with Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy was a skilled photographer and Michelson was his gallerist, and from that professional relationship the two men became friends.

Fascinating takes a look at Nimoy’s life from his boyhood with his Jewish immigrant family on Boston’s West End, his move to Hollywood and his rise to stardom after claiming the iconic role that he would later eschew, only to embrace once more. The book is clearly a labor of love with the emphasis on love. Nimoy is portrayed here as an outsider with an expansive heart, whose boundless empathy for his friends, family and neighbors ultimately extended to his groundbreaking portrayal of Mr. Spock.

Michelson delivers a sensitive portrait of Nimoy as a struggling outsider, whether as a boy acclimating to his life in America and overcoming his first bout of stage fright or as an emerging actor discovering his voice. These experiences ultimately informed his portrayal of Spock, the alien whom everyone could relate to. Michelson’s book stands as a personal, open-hearted tribute to a man who has been, and always will be, our friend.

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator) Knopf Books for Young Readers 2016, 40 pages, 8.9 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches, Hardcover $12 Buy on Amazon Read the rest

Hey, Let's Call the Cast of Star Trek

In 1990, probably around the time that the last film with the cast of the original Star Trek TV show had just finished wrapping up the principle shooting of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (which came out in 1991), MCI somehow managed to wrangle all the cast members, including William (I-Really-Don’t-Want-Anything-To-Do-With-The-Rest-Of-You) Shatner into making this commercial for MCI for their new “Friends and Family” package.

MC-who? For many of us over the age of 40, that was our phone company before it sailed into the corporate void and was bought and put into stasis. It still exists, and is now owned by Verizon, but are there any MCI customers still out there? Maybe they are marooned on the planet where Kirk died after living in a time warp for a century before being killed in a meaningless gesture in Star Trek: Generations. Or maybe he died on some other planet … I’ve managed to erase most of the movie from my mind.

While the commercial's dialogue never rises above late 1980s television cheese, at least it attempts to feed into the actors' onscreen characters. Of course Leonard Nimoy comes off best—he was always the coolest guy on the bridge. Read the rest

Synthetic linguists file a new brief (with Klingon passages!) about Paramount's fan-film crackdown

2016's lawsuit between Paramount and the Trekkers who crowdfunded Axanar, a big-budged fan film set in the Trekverse, continues its slog through the courts, and continues to be enlivened by the interventions of the Language Creation Society, an organization of synthetic language enthusiasts, whose amicus briefs ask the court to reject Paramount's claim of a copyright in the synthetic language of Klingon, which has many speakers, including some who learned it as their first language. Read the rest

When up on Deck 9 there arose such a clatter

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Star Trek Enterprise crashing, in gingerbread

Redditor justice recreated the crashing Enterprise from Star Trek Generations in gingerbread. Then Redditor nicholmikey promptly composited the sweet and spicy starship into the scene from the film, below. (via /r/pics)

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Upstate New York Elvis impersonator uses original blueprints to build stunning, 13,000 sqft Star Trek Enterprise replica

James Cawley is a 50 year old Elvis impersonator from Ticonderoga, NY; his friend William Ware Theiss was costume-designer for the original Star Trek series, and left Cawley the blueprints for the original Star Trek Enterprise sets in his will -- so Cawley rented out a 13,000 sqft shuttered supermarket and built an exquisite replica of the original there to use in elaborate fan-films, and now he gives one-hour tours. Read the rest

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