Star Trek Latest News http://startrek.com Star Trek Latest News Mon, 02 May 2016 11:00:51 -0700 info@startrek.com (Star Trek Team) en <![CDATA[New Trek Series Announces Film Location]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/new-trek-series-announces-film-location

It's official: the new Star Trek series, produced by Bryan Fuller, will begin filming this fall in Toronto, Canada. CBS TV Studios confirmed the news in a tweet. 
The new Star Trek series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch in early 2017, with Fuller as producer/show runner, Nicholas Meyer as consulting producer, and Eugene Roddenberry and Trevor Roth as co-executive producers. In the U.S., a special premiere episode will air on the CBS Television Network and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. The series will also be available on television stations and platforms in other countries around the world.

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It's official: the new Star Trek series, produced by Bryan Fuller, will begin filming this fall in Toronto, Canada. CBS TV Studios confirmed the news in a tweet. 
The new Star Trek series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch in early 2017, with Fuller as producer/show runner, Nicholas Meyer as consulting producer, and Eugene Roddenberry and Trevor Roth as co-executive producers. In the U.S., a special premiere episode will air on the CBS Television Network and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. The series will also be available on television stations and platforms in other countries around the world.

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new-trek-series-announces-film-location Mon, 02 May 2016 11:00:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Beam Up Kirk & Spock Figure Bluetooth Speakers ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/beam-up-kirk-spock-figure-bluetooth-speakers

We’ve all heard William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy sing, but Fametek/Massive Audio is putting a whole new spin on that with the introduction of Captain Kirk and Spock Bluetooth Figure Speakers. The 6-inch tall Kirk and Spock figure speakers are the first in Fametek’s new collection of Star Trek: The Original Series figure speakers.
The figures, in addition to the wireless feature, each boast nine different Star Trek phrases and sound effects, including “Live long and prosper,” “Highly illogical,” “Set phasers on stun” and “Energize,” as well as phaser and tricorder noises. Captain Kirk stands ready for action, with a phaser in one hand and a Tribble in the other, while Spock flashes the Vulcan salute and has a tricorder on his hip.

Among other elements of the figure speakers, consumers can use an included 3.5mm auxiliary cable for connection rather than the Bluetooth option, if preferred, and each figure benefits from a 38mm Massive Audio speaker, as well as a built-in MIC for phone calls. Also, each figure comes with a USB rechargeable battery, making them very portable. 


The Captain Kirk and Spock Bluetooth Figure Speakers cost $39.95 each. Go to www.fametek.com to purchase them.

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We’ve all heard William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy sing, but Fametek/Massive Audio is putting a whole new spin on that with the introduction of Captain Kirk and Spock Bluetooth Figure Speakers. The 6-inch tall Kirk and Spock figure speakers are the first in Fametek’s new collection of Star Trek: The Original Series figure speakers.
The figures, in addition to the wireless feature, each boast nine different Star Trek phrases and sound effects, including “Live long and prosper,” “Highly illogical,” “Set phasers on stun” and “Energize,” as well as phaser and tricorder noises. Captain Kirk stands ready for action, with a phaser in one hand and a Tribble in the other, while Spock flashes the Vulcan salute and has a tricorder on his hip.

Among other elements of the figure speakers, consumers can use an included 3.5mm auxiliary cable for connection rather than the Bluetooth option, if preferred, and each figure benefits from a 38mm Massive Audio speaker, as well as a built-in MIC for phone calls. Also, each figure comes with a USB rechargeable battery, making them very portable. 


The Captain Kirk and Spock Bluetooth Figure Speakers cost $39.95 each. Go to www.fametek.com to purchase them.

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beam-up-kirk-spock-figure-bluetooth-speakers Mon, 02 May 2016 06:04:50 -0700
<![CDATA[The Enterprise's Latest Missions]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/of-woman-born-and-manifest-destiny-2

IDW Publishing has two Star Trek comic-book adventures set for release on Wednesday, and StarTrek.com has details and an exclusive First Look at pages from Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #2 (of 4) and Star Trek: New Visions: Of Woman Born. Written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, with art and cover by Angel Hernandez, Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #2 continues the blockbuster miniseries with Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew facing off against the Klingons in deep space... a conflict that could ignite all-out galactic war. Manifest Destiny #2 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99, and fans should be on the lookout for a variant cover by JK Woodward.

Star Trek: New Visions: Of Woman Born is the latest effort from writer and photo-manipulator John Byrne, who posits on the 48 pages of his story that a god cannot die and a story never truly ends. Dr. McCoy confronts Captain Kirk with a staggering discovery -- Lt. Carolyn Palamas is pregnant with the child of Apollo. Or is she? Star Trek: New Visions: Of Woman Born will cost $7.99.





For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

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IDW Publishing has two Star Trek comic-book adventures set for release on Wednesday, and StarTrek.com has details and an exclusive First Look at pages from Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #2 (of 4) and Star Trek: New Visions: Of Woman Born. Written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, with art and cover by Angel Hernandez, Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #2 continues the blockbuster miniseries with Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew facing off against the Klingons in deep space... a conflict that could ignite all-out galactic war. Manifest Destiny #2 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99, and fans should be on the lookout for a variant cover by JK Woodward.

Star Trek: New Visions: Of Woman Born is the latest effort from writer and photo-manipulator John Byrne, who posits on the 48 pages of his story that a god cannot die and a story never truly ends. Dr. McCoy confronts Captain Kirk with a staggering discovery -- Lt. Carolyn Palamas is pregnant with the child of Apollo. Or is she? Star Trek: New Visions: Of Woman Born will cost $7.99.





For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

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of-woman-born-and-manifest-destiny-2 Sun, 01 May 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Trek Character with the Best Hairstyle Is... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/trek-character-with-the-best-hairstyle-is

Deanna Troi, Dr. Miranda Jones, Janice Rand, Space Hippy, Spock, Yeoman Martha Landon and Uhura. Those were the seven characters StarTrek.com fans could chose from as they contemplated our latest poll question, which was, Who had the best hairstyle? We had a... feeling that Troi would win this one, and she did so. Several thousand fans voted, and "hair" are the results:

Deanna Troi (35%)

Janice Rand (20%)

Uhura (19%)

Spock (15%)

Yeoman Martha Landon (6%)

Space Hippy (4%)

Dr. Miranda Jones (1%)


And how did your choice fare?

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Deanna Troi, Dr. Miranda Jones, Janice Rand, Space Hippy, Spock, Yeoman Martha Landon and Uhura. Those were the seven characters StarTrek.com fans could chose from as they contemplated our latest poll question, which was, Who had the best hairstyle? We had a... feeling that Troi would win this one, and she did so. Several thousand fans voted, and "hair" are the results:

Deanna Troi (35%)

Janice Rand (20%)

Uhura (19%)

Spock (15%)

Yeoman Martha Landon (6%)

Space Hippy (4%)

Dr. Miranda Jones (1%)


And how did your choice fare?

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trek-character-with-the-best-hairstyle-is Sun, 01 May 2016 07:00:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Inside A Travel Guide to Vulcan ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/inside-a-travel-guide-to-vulcan

Back in January, StarTrek.com gave fans a First Look at Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan, an upcoming interactive guidebook from Insight Editions that explores everything Spock's home planet has to offer. Now, StarTrek.com is pleased to take you inside the guide, which is written by popular Trek author Dayton Ward, as we share an exclusive preview of pages from Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan.  

And, once again, here's the synopsis from Insight Editions:

Plan your next trip to the planet Vulcan with Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan! Find restaurants that serve the best fried sandworms and Vulcan port. Take a trip to the Fire Plains or experience spring break at the Voroth Sea. Learn all about the native Vulcan people and their unusual customs. Discover how to correctly perform the traditional Vulcan salutation (you really don’t want to get this wrong). Learn key Vulcan phrases such as Nam-tor puyan-tvi-shal wilat: “Where is your restroom?” Find out what to do if you suddenly find yourself host to a katra—a Vulcan’s living spirit—at an inconvenient moment. All this and more can be found within the pages of this essential travel guide to one of the most popular—and logical—destinations in the known universe.

Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan draws on 50 years of Star Trek TV shows, films, and novels to present a comprehensive guide to Spock’s iconic home world. Modeled after real-world travel guides, the book will explore every significant region on Vulcan with fascinating historical, geographical, and cultural insights that bring the planet to life like never before. Also featuring a dynamic mixture of classic Star Trek imagery and original illustrations created exclusively for the book, Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan is the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek and will thrill pop culture fans and hardcore Star Trek fans alike.

Due out on July 19, Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan will be released as a paperback that measures 6 x 9 inches and runs 160 pages. It will cost $19.99. Go to www.amazon.com to preorder it.

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Back in January, StarTrek.com gave fans a First Look at Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan, an upcoming interactive guidebook from Insight Editions that explores everything Spock's home planet has to offer. Now, StarTrek.com is pleased to take you inside the guide, which is written by popular Trek author Dayton Ward, as we share an exclusive preview of pages from Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan.  

And, once again, here's the synopsis from Insight Editions:

Plan your next trip to the planet Vulcan with Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan! Find restaurants that serve the best fried sandworms and Vulcan port. Take a trip to the Fire Plains or experience spring break at the Voroth Sea. Learn all about the native Vulcan people and their unusual customs. Discover how to correctly perform the traditional Vulcan salutation (you really don’t want to get this wrong). Learn key Vulcan phrases such as Nam-tor puyan-tvi-shal wilat: “Where is your restroom?” Find out what to do if you suddenly find yourself host to a katra—a Vulcan’s living spirit—at an inconvenient moment. All this and more can be found within the pages of this essential travel guide to one of the most popular—and logical—destinations in the known universe.

Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan draws on 50 years of Star Trek TV shows, films, and novels to present a comprehensive guide to Spock’s iconic home world. Modeled after real-world travel guides, the book will explore every significant region on Vulcan with fascinating historical, geographical, and cultural insights that bring the planet to life like never before. Also featuring a dynamic mixture of classic Star Trek imagery and original illustrations created exclusively for the book, Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan is the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek and will thrill pop culture fans and hardcore Star Trek fans alike.

Due out on July 19, Hidden Universe: Star Trek: A Travel Guide to Vulcan will be released as a paperback that measures 6 x 9 inches and runs 160 pages. It will cost $19.99. Go to www.amazon.com to preorder it.

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inside-a-travel-guide-to-vulcan Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:23:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Celebrating National Hairstyle Appreciation Day]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/celebrating-national-hairstyle-appreciation-day

Happy National Hairstyle Appreciation Day, everyone. Yes, there is such a thing, though it's also commonly referred to as National Hairstylist Appreciation Day. Either way, April 30 is the day to celebrate hairstyles of all kinds -- and the people whose talent made them possible. So, we at StarTrek.com decided to mark the occasion with GIFs of some of our favorite Trek hairstyles, and they span from Uhura to Saavik, the Borg Queen to Picard, and more, all created by the Trek franchise's stellar hair, make-up and/or costuming pros.

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Happy National Hairstyle Appreciation Day, everyone. Yes, there is such a thing, though it's also commonly referred to as National Hairstylist Appreciation Day. Either way, April 30 is the day to celebrate hairstyles of all kinds -- and the people whose talent made them possible. So, we at StarTrek.com decided to mark the occasion with GIFs of some of our favorite Trek hairstyles, and they span from Uhura to Saavik, the Borg Queen to Picard, and more, all created by the Trek franchise's stellar hair, make-up and/or costuming pros.

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celebrating-national-hairstyle-appreciation-day Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Latest Roddenberry Vault Photos ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/latest-roddenberry-vault-photos

The 366 Project at the Roddenberry Vault is a Facebook page on which Roddenberry.com posts a photo a day in order to celebrate Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the 50th anniversary of his enduring creation. Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, who will serve as an executive producer on the new Star Trek television series, heads up Roddenberry.com. Once again, as we do every month, StarTrek.com is pleased to share 10 photos from Roddenberry Vault…

 

“Whom Gods Destroy” Script Page

 

Behind the Scenes Promo Photo of Sulu

 

Promo Photo of Uhura


Contact Sheet of Shatner on “Patterns of Force,” Roddenberry with NBC Execs on Set

 

Gene as a Pilot for Pan Am on the Tarmac

 

Original Slide of the Crew on an Alien Planet from “Mirror Mirror”

 

Behind the Scenes Photo of Kirk and Kang Rehearsing Their Fight from “Day of the Dove”

 

“Plato’s Stepchildren” FX breakdown

 

Multi-sheet of Bones and Majel from “The Deadly Years”

 

Whoopi Goldberg, Rick Berman and Gene Roddenberry on the TNG Set

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The 366 Project at the Roddenberry Vault is a Facebook page on which Roddenberry.com posts a photo a day in order to celebrate Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the 50th anniversary of his enduring creation. Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, who will serve as an executive producer on the new Star Trek television series, heads up Roddenberry.com. Once again, as we do every month, StarTrek.com is pleased to share 10 photos from Roddenberry Vault…

 

“Whom Gods Destroy” Script Page

 

Behind the Scenes Promo Photo of Sulu

 

Promo Photo of Uhura


Contact Sheet of Shatner on “Patterns of Force,” Roddenberry with NBC Execs on Set

 

Gene as a Pilot for Pan Am on the Tarmac

 

Original Slide of the Crew on an Alien Planet from “Mirror Mirror”

 

Behind the Scenes Photo of Kirk and Kang Rehearsing Their Fight from “Day of the Dove”

 

“Plato’s Stepchildren” FX breakdown

 

Multi-sheet of Bones and Majel from “The Deadly Years”

 

Whoopi Goldberg, Rick Berman and Gene Roddenberry on the TNG Set

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latest-roddenberry-vault-photos Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Doubling Technology Points ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/doubling-technology-points

Still striving to get the greatest performance out of your equipment? This weekend will be the perfect time to apply Tech Upgrades to your gear, as Star Trek Online is doubling the amount of Technology Points earned from each one applied.

From now until May 2nd at 10AM PDT, every Tech Upgrade used will apply twice as many Technology Points toward your next Upgrade. This, in turn, reduces the amount of Dilithium that must be spent to reach each Upgrade threshold, allowing Captains additional chances to attain both Mark and Rarity increases on their favored load outs.

For more Star Trek Online news, including our Season 11.5 release, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Still striving to get the greatest performance out of your equipment? This weekend will be the perfect time to apply Tech Upgrades to your gear, as Star Trek Online is doubling the amount of Technology Points earned from each one applied.

From now until May 2nd at 10AM PDT, every Tech Upgrade used will apply twice as many Technology Points toward your next Upgrade. This, in turn, reduces the amount of Dilithium that must be spent to reach each Upgrade threshold, allowing Captains additional chances to attain both Mark and Rarity increases on their favored load outs.

For more Star Trek Online news, including our Season 11.5 release, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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doubling-technology-points Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Behold the Kor and Klingon Battle Cruiser Stamps ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/behold-the-kor-and-klingon-battle-cruiser-stamps

Qapla’! Commander Kor and the Klingon battle cruiser are getting their own stamps. Interesting timing, though, as the Canadian Postal Service, just a day after both their Twitter and Instagram accounts were taken over by Klingons, bowed to pressure and announced they'd issue the Kor and battle cruiser stamps. The stamps were revealed at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo during a lecture on conversational Klingon expert and linguistics professor Joseph W. Windsor.
Kor and the cruiser now join the ranks of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty, Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy and the U.S.S. Enterprise in this series inspired by Star Trek: The Original Series. More stamps are to be revealed soon, and keep an eye open for tweets from the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

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Qapla’! Commander Kor and the Klingon battle cruiser are getting their own stamps. Interesting timing, though, as the Canadian Postal Service, just a day after both their Twitter and Instagram accounts were taken over by Klingons, bowed to pressure and announced they'd issue the Kor and battle cruiser stamps. The stamps were revealed at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo during a lecture on conversational Klingon expert and linguistics professor Joseph W. Windsor.
Kor and the cruiser now join the ranks of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty, Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy and the U.S.S. Enterprise in this series inspired by Star Trek: The Original Series. More stamps are to be revealed soon, and keep an eye open for tweets from the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

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behold-the-kor-and-klingon-battle-cruiser-stamps Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:13:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Starfleet Academy Experience To Open on NYC's Intrepid ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/starfleet-academy-experience-to-open-july-9-on-nycs-intrepid

Star Trek: The Starfleet Experience, the interactive exhibition that immerses visitors in the world of Star Trek, will open to the public at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on July 9 and run through October 31. Tickets will go on sale for museum members starting on May 4, with the general public able to purchase tickets beginning on May 11. Tickets will be available through the museum's website and in person at the museum's Welcome Center box office, located at 46th Street and 12th Avenue. Entry tickets will be timed, and advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Cadets will attend the Academy’s Career Day -- in the 26th century! -- and, after student orientation, visit nine zones focused on the training center’s specialties: Language, Medical, Navigation, Engineering, Command and Science. Cadets then will be assigned a specialty and a demeanor based on their individual training. Produced by EMS Entertainment, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will make its U.S. debut at the Intrepid Museum in advance of a national tour.

The Starfleet Academy Experience will span a whopping 12,000 square feet on Pier 86 when it opens to the public this summer. Fans will recognize many of the Star Trek props and costumes that will be on display. And there will be interactive activities and unique technology, including Leap Motion, voice recognition to communicate with a Klingon, a Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors, planet projection mapping, holograms, a shooting game using Star Trek’s iconic phasers, and much more. Visitors also will have a chance to learn about the real-life inventions inspired by Star Trek as well as the science behind them.

“We are thrilled to host The Starfleet Academy Experience and share the fun and educational side of Star Trek with visitors,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum. “Star Trek is a beloved franchise whose fan base spans generations, and we are excited to be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration.”

The Intrepid Museum will also host a number of Star Trek-themed public programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary, including movie nights, themed Operation Slumbers (the Museum's popular overnight experience), education programs, two Trek-focused summer camp weeks, themed Astronomy Nights and more.

The experience will be open Sundays–Thursdays from 10:00am–8:00pm and Friday–Saturday from 10:00am–9:00pm. Last entry will be one hour prior to closing. All tickets will be timed entry. Tickets will be available for $25 Adults, $18 Children, $23 Seniors and FREE for children 4 and under. Special discounted prices are available for groups of 15 or more. For group sales, please contact Intrepid Museum’s sales representatives at StarTrek@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646.381.5010. Special pricing is also available for Museum members.

For more information on The Starfleet Academy Experience, including VIP ticket packages and other programming at the Museum please visit Star Trek at the Intrepid Museum.

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Star Trek: The Starfleet Experience, the interactive exhibition that immerses visitors in the world of Star Trek, will open to the public at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on July 9 and run through October 31. Tickets will go on sale for museum members starting on May 4, with the general public able to purchase tickets beginning on May 11. Tickets will be available through the museum's website and in person at the museum's Welcome Center box office, located at 46th Street and 12th Avenue. Entry tickets will be timed, and advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Cadets will attend the Academy’s Career Day -- in the 26th century! -- and, after student orientation, visit nine zones focused on the training center’s specialties: Language, Medical, Navigation, Engineering, Command and Science. Cadets then will be assigned a specialty and a demeanor based on their individual training. Produced by EMS Entertainment, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will make its U.S. debut at the Intrepid Museum in advance of a national tour.

The Starfleet Academy Experience will span a whopping 12,000 square feet on Pier 86 when it opens to the public this summer. Fans will recognize many of the Star Trek props and costumes that will be on display. And there will be interactive activities and unique technology, including Leap Motion, voice recognition to communicate with a Klingon, a Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors, planet projection mapping, holograms, a shooting game using Star Trek’s iconic phasers, and much more. Visitors also will have a chance to learn about the real-life inventions inspired by Star Trek as well as the science behind them.

“We are thrilled to host The Starfleet Academy Experience and share the fun and educational side of Star Trek with visitors,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum. “Star Trek is a beloved franchise whose fan base spans generations, and we are excited to be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration.”

The Intrepid Museum will also host a number of Star Trek-themed public programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary, including movie nights, themed Operation Slumbers (the Museum's popular overnight experience), education programs, two Trek-focused summer camp weeks, themed Astronomy Nights and more.

The experience will be open Sundays–Thursdays from 10:00am–8:00pm and Friday–Saturday from 10:00am–9:00pm. Last entry will be one hour prior to closing. All tickets will be timed entry. Tickets will be available for $25 Adults, $18 Children, $23 Seniors and FREE for children 4 and under. Special discounted prices are available for groups of 15 or more. For group sales, please contact Intrepid Museum’s sales representatives at StarTrek@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646.381.5010. Special pricing is also available for Museum members.

For more information on The Starfleet Academy Experience, including VIP ticket packages and other programming at the Museum please visit Star Trek at the Intrepid Museum.

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starfleet-academy-experience-to-open-july-9-on-nycs-intrepid Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:41:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Wrath of Gems TNG Update]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/wrath-of-gems-tng-update

The latest Wrath of Gems update, Act 6 of The Next Generation, finds Picard and the Enterprise crew facing difficult choices upon encountering a suspicious Romulan defector and a Federation starship adrift in the Neutral Zone. Complete new missions to defend the Federation and protect our truce with the Romulan people. Collect the new characters, Captain Veidek and Terrhea, and decide if they are worthy of joining your crew. Update Wrath of Gems now to unlock all of the latest content.
Star Trek: Wrath of Gems, from Genera Games and CBS interactive, combines your favorite Star Trek characters, spaceships and species from The Original Series and The Next Generation with deep RPG leveling. Players can advance through different storylines, experience varied game modes and much more. They can also collect and evolve favorite spaceships and characters, help famous captains, including James T. Kirk, on their missions, and match and battle against different species, among them the Cardassians, Klingons and Romulans.

Visit www.startrekwrathofgems.com to get in on the fun.

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The latest Wrath of Gems update, Act 6 of The Next Generation, finds Picard and the Enterprise crew facing difficult choices upon encountering a suspicious Romulan defector and a Federation starship adrift in the Neutral Zone. Complete new missions to defend the Federation and protect our truce with the Romulan people. Collect the new characters, Captain Veidek and Terrhea, and decide if they are worthy of joining your crew. Update Wrath of Gems now to unlock all of the latest content.
Star Trek: Wrath of Gems, from Genera Games and CBS interactive, combines your favorite Star Trek characters, spaceships and species from The Original Series and The Next Generation with deep RPG leveling. Players can advance through different storylines, experience varied game modes and much more. They can also collect and evolve favorite spaceships and characters, help famous captains, including James T. Kirk, on their missions, and match and battle against different species, among them the Cardassians, Klingons and Romulans.

Visit www.startrekwrathofgems.com to get in on the fun.

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wrath-of-gems-tng-update Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Retro Shirts Inspired By The Animated Series ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/retro-shirts-inspired-by-the-animated-series

Star Trek fans, especially aficionados of Star Trek: The Animated Series, are in for a treat with the latest offerings from Anovos. They've just unveiled their Retro Starfleet Uniform Shirts, which will ship this fall, and they'll come in the bold, out-of-this-world colors seen on the Emmy Award-winning cartoon Trek. So, we're not just talking Gold and Red, but the bluest Blue you've ever seen and -- say it with us -- Command Green, as in forest green.

More specifically, the fabric colors will match the original 1975 versions of the shirts, and, likewise, the Starfleet insignias will be replicated from the original 1975 patches. Further, the pointed collar on each shirt will be made with black ribbed material.

StarTrek.com recently spoke to John Cooley, one of the Star Trek product designers at Anovos. He filled us in on the creation of the Retro Starfleet Uniform Shirts, what differentiates them from the familiar Star Trek: The Original Series-style shirts, and more.
What made now the time for Retro Starfleet Uniform Shirts?

Well, these shirts are something we’ve always wanted to produce, but waited until now to bring them out to celebrate a couple of significant events at the same time. Of course, chief among those was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, but we also wanted to acknowledge the original shirts themselves. Made by Donmoor for their Star Trek line of kids' clothes, they were the first officially licensed Star Trek uniform shirts ever made and were in stores and on kids in 1975 and 1976, making this their 40th anniversary.

These are actually inspired by The Animated Series. How much fun was it to create apparel based on TAS?

A lot of fun! What really links the retro uniform shirt to TAS is timing. In 1975, Star Trek was king. TOS was on every day in syndication and TAS had just completed its original run and was still playing in reruns through 1975. Star Trek was everywhere and so it was the perfect time for someone to finally make the uniform shirts from the most popular thing on TV. The fun that we had in creating the retro shirts was pushing to see just how close to the original 1975 shirts we could get. We pride ourselves in making our replicas as similar to screen-used costumes as possible. The idea there is to recreate something that people know from TV or in a movie, but most have never seen those things up close. With the retro uniform shirt the challenge is even more intense. By setting out to recreate the original Donmoor shirt we had to remake the first Star Trek shirts an entire generation of Trekkies ever wore. They lived and played in them. In a lot of cases Trekkies I know still own their original shirts. So while the shirts themselves seem simple, the bar is set very high because we’re recreating something that is a physical part of people’s childhood memories and fandom. 
What would you say are the major differences between TOS shirts and TAS shirts in terms of their on-screen look? To the naked eye, for example, the retro shirts colors are really rich and deep.

Of course, both shirts are representations of William Ware Theiss’ iconic Star Trek tunic design, and the retro shirts actually take a bit from both TOS and TAS. For instance, the retro shirt has raglan set sleeves, where the uniforms in TAS had square set sleeves more like a standard t-shirt. The collar is also a lot more like TOS in its shape and construction than the exaggerated collars seen in the animated uniforms. What the retro shirts really take from the cartoon is their color pallet. The richer colors used by Donmoor in the ‘70s were the result of looking to TAS for inspiration and realizing that they were already producing fabric in those shades for their clothes. 

And then what are the major differences, on your end, in terms of physically manufacturing them?

The differences are interesting. The retro shirt is much simpler in its construction than TOS tunic it’s based on, so we had to shift gears from making a very structured costume with a zipper and hooks and eyes, to figuring out how to take a 40-year-old play shirt and translate that into a modern adult garment without losing the original’s charm. It became an interesting balancing act to get it right. For instance, the insignia patch on the shirt... The original Donmoor shirt had what at that time was the most authentic insignia patch anyone had ever seen. It used crinkly gold leatherette and thick black embroidery, and looked just like it came right off the Enterprise. It was made slightly smaller, and we know now that it’s not precisely what William Shatner wore on the set, but in 1975 and 1976 it was awesome and made the shirt feel “real.” Anovos makes insignia just like what was worn on the sets in 1967. It would have been easy to simply grab insignia patches that we already make to finish the retro shirt – but it wouldn’t have been right. So we worked hard to perfectly recreate the 1975 and 1976 insignia patches, and then we pushed it bit further. Back then, Donmoor only made the Command division patch with the star - which meant that even if you had Spock’s blue Sciences shirt or Scotty’s Operations red shirt you were stuck with the same insignia. We designed new Sciences and Operations division insignia that look as though they were made alongside the 70’s Command patch to correct that oversight once and for all.     
We've got to ask... forest green? As Trek fans, how much pleasure did you take in making those a reality?

Ha! The Command green shirt. To understand that we have to go back again to the 1970s and the place where research gives way to conjecture. As near as we’ve been able to piece together, Donmoor was given swatches of colored fabric from TOS when setting out to make their shirts. Command Gold, Sciences Blue and Operations Red were used for the standard duty tunics and dresses. But another swatch was provided, from the green cloth used to make Captain Kirk’s Season 2 wraparound tunics. Nobody told Donmoor that the green fabric was from a costume that used a different design, and so they simply made a green shirt as part of their line. The funny thing is that green is most likely the actual color Bill Theiss intended for Command. The Command dress uniform tunic – green, Captain Kirk’s wraparound tunics – green, even the first season enlisted coveralls – green… Check out “Charlie X”... they’re there. Really, the weird shirt in the Command uniform suite is the gold season 1 and 2 duty tunic, and in season 3 even that shirt took on a greenish cast.       
The packaging captures the TAS retro feel as well. Who gets credit for that idea?

Steve Fronczek. He’s Anovos’ design services manager, my design partner and conscience. We’re an inseparable team and often lose track of time and whose idea was what as we work together to either create something new or recreate something 40 or 50 years old. In the case of this particular packaging, we wanted to evoke the feeling that these shirts had escaped their own time and landed at your doorstep. That meant unique packaging and, at the beginning, we only knew that we wanted to use the “jumbled’ Star Trek font that is so indelibly tied to the era between TOS and The Motion Picture. That very stylized version of Star Trek’s name was everywhere you looked back then. It was on toy phasers and party favors, and was the masthead for the Gold Key Star Trek comic books in the 60s and 70s. So, whatever we designed had to have that. As for the art, we both wanted something that looked like “pop art” -- you know, pure “mod” for the packaging, but it was Steve who had the fantastic idea of using something that looked like it jumped out of a 1967 Star Trek comic book. It was genius and just looks right - like “of course” those shirts always came in packaging just like that.         

You, John, are going to a Trek 50th anniversary party. Which retro shirt are you wearing, and why?

That’s easy, Green. You have to understand. I was the kid in the green Star Trek shirt. My Mom bought mine in 1975 and I wore it until I outgrew it. I loved that shirt and still have it. That shirt is 41 years old now, and it rests on a teddy bear and occasionally finds its way on to my daughter. In its day that green Star Trek shirt was without question my favorite thing to wear and it will be again. That’s the beauty of it.    


The shirts will cost $50 a piece and will be available in sizes ranging from small to 2XL. Visit www.anovos.com to pre-order your shirt.   

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Star Trek fans, especially aficionados of Star Trek: The Animated Series, are in for a treat with the latest offerings from Anovos. They've just unveiled their Retro Starfleet Uniform Shirts, which will ship this fall, and they'll come in the bold, out-of-this-world colors seen on the Emmy Award-winning cartoon Trek. So, we're not just talking Gold and Red, but the bluest Blue you've ever seen and -- say it with us -- Command Green, as in forest green.

More specifically, the fabric colors will match the original 1975 versions of the shirts, and, likewise, the Starfleet insignias will be replicated from the original 1975 patches. Further, the pointed collar on each shirt will be made with black ribbed material.

StarTrek.com recently spoke to John Cooley, one of the Star Trek product designers at Anovos. He filled us in on the creation of the Retro Starfleet Uniform Shirts, what differentiates them from the familiar Star Trek: The Original Series-style shirts, and more.
What made now the time for Retro Starfleet Uniform Shirts?

Well, these shirts are something we’ve always wanted to produce, but waited until now to bring them out to celebrate a couple of significant events at the same time. Of course, chief among those was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, but we also wanted to acknowledge the original shirts themselves. Made by Donmoor for their Star Trek line of kids' clothes, they were the first officially licensed Star Trek uniform shirts ever made and were in stores and on kids in 1975 and 1976, making this their 40th anniversary.

These are actually inspired by The Animated Series. How much fun was it to create apparel based on TAS?

A lot of fun! What really links the retro uniform shirt to TAS is timing. In 1975, Star Trek was king. TOS was on every day in syndication and TAS had just completed its original run and was still playing in reruns through 1975. Star Trek was everywhere and so it was the perfect time for someone to finally make the uniform shirts from the most popular thing on TV. The fun that we had in creating the retro shirts was pushing to see just how close to the original 1975 shirts we could get. We pride ourselves in making our replicas as similar to screen-used costumes as possible. The idea there is to recreate something that people know from TV or in a movie, but most have never seen those things up close. With the retro uniform shirt the challenge is even more intense. By setting out to recreate the original Donmoor shirt we had to remake the first Star Trek shirts an entire generation of Trekkies ever wore. They lived and played in them. In a lot of cases Trekkies I know still own their original shirts. So while the shirts themselves seem simple, the bar is set very high because we’re recreating something that is a physical part of people’s childhood memories and fandom. 
What would you say are the major differences between TOS shirts and TAS shirts in terms of their on-screen look? To the naked eye, for example, the retro shirts colors are really rich and deep.

Of course, both shirts are representations of William Ware Theiss’ iconic Star Trek tunic design, and the retro shirts actually take a bit from both TOS and TAS. For instance, the retro shirt has raglan set sleeves, where the uniforms in TAS had square set sleeves more like a standard t-shirt. The collar is also a lot more like TOS in its shape and construction than the exaggerated collars seen in the animated uniforms. What the retro shirts really take from the cartoon is their color pallet. The richer colors used by Donmoor in the ‘70s were the result of looking to TAS for inspiration and realizing that they were already producing fabric in those shades for their clothes. 

And then what are the major differences, on your end, in terms of physically manufacturing them?

The differences are interesting. The retro shirt is much simpler in its construction than TOS tunic it’s based on, so we had to shift gears from making a very structured costume with a zipper and hooks and eyes, to figuring out how to take a 40-year-old play shirt and translate that into a modern adult garment without losing the original’s charm. It became an interesting balancing act to get it right. For instance, the insignia patch on the shirt... The original Donmoor shirt had what at that time was the most authentic insignia patch anyone had ever seen. It used crinkly gold leatherette and thick black embroidery, and looked just like it came right off the Enterprise. It was made slightly smaller, and we know now that it’s not precisely what William Shatner wore on the set, but in 1975 and 1976 it was awesome and made the shirt feel “real.” Anovos makes insignia just like what was worn on the sets in 1967. It would have been easy to simply grab insignia patches that we already make to finish the retro shirt – but it wouldn’t have been right. So we worked hard to perfectly recreate the 1975 and 1976 insignia patches, and then we pushed it bit further. Back then, Donmoor only made the Command division patch with the star - which meant that even if you had Spock’s blue Sciences shirt or Scotty’s Operations red shirt you were stuck with the same insignia. We designed new Sciences and Operations division insignia that look as though they were made alongside the 70’s Command patch to correct that oversight once and for all.     
We've got to ask... forest green? As Trek fans, how much pleasure did you take in making those a reality?

Ha! The Command green shirt. To understand that we have to go back again to the 1970s and the place where research gives way to conjecture. As near as we’ve been able to piece together, Donmoor was given swatches of colored fabric from TOS when setting out to make their shirts. Command Gold, Sciences Blue and Operations Red were used for the standard duty tunics and dresses. But another swatch was provided, from the green cloth used to make Captain Kirk’s Season 2 wraparound tunics. Nobody told Donmoor that the green fabric was from a costume that used a different design, and so they simply made a green shirt as part of their line. The funny thing is that green is most likely the actual color Bill Theiss intended for Command. The Command dress uniform tunic – green, Captain Kirk’s wraparound tunics – green, even the first season enlisted coveralls – green… Check out “Charlie X”... they’re there. Really, the weird shirt in the Command uniform suite is the gold season 1 and 2 duty tunic, and in season 3 even that shirt took on a greenish cast.       
The packaging captures the TAS retro feel as well. Who gets credit for that idea?

Steve Fronczek. He’s Anovos’ design services manager, my design partner and conscience. We’re an inseparable team and often lose track of time and whose idea was what as we work together to either create something new or recreate something 40 or 50 years old. In the case of this particular packaging, we wanted to evoke the feeling that these shirts had escaped their own time and landed at your doorstep. That meant unique packaging and, at the beginning, we only knew that we wanted to use the “jumbled’ Star Trek font that is so indelibly tied to the era between TOS and The Motion Picture. That very stylized version of Star Trek’s name was everywhere you looked back then. It was on toy phasers and party favors, and was the masthead for the Gold Key Star Trek comic books in the 60s and 70s. So, whatever we designed had to have that. As for the art, we both wanted something that looked like “pop art” -- you know, pure “mod” for the packaging, but it was Steve who had the fantastic idea of using something that looked like it jumped out of a 1967 Star Trek comic book. It was genius and just looks right - like “of course” those shirts always came in packaging just like that.         

You, John, are going to a Trek 50th anniversary party. Which retro shirt are you wearing, and why?

That’s easy, Green. You have to understand. I was the kid in the green Star Trek shirt. My Mom bought mine in 1975 and I wore it until I outgrew it. I loved that shirt and still have it. That shirt is 41 years old now, and it rests on a teddy bear and occasionally finds its way on to my daughter. In its day that green Star Trek shirt was without question my favorite thing to wear and it will be again. That’s the beauty of it.    


The shirts will cost $50 a piece and will be available in sizes ranging from small to 2XL. Visit www.anovos.com to pre-order your shirt.   

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retro-shirts-inspired-by-the-animated-series Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA["The Classic Episodes" Anthology Out April 29]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-classic-episodes-anthology-out-april-29

Star Trek: The Classic Episodes, available on April 29 as part of the Barnes & Noble Collection Editions series, gathers together the novelizations of 45 Star Trek: The Original Series episodes into a gorgeous, leatherbound 720-page anthology. Adapted by James Blish and J. A. Lawrence from scripts by Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and other leading science fiction writers, the adapted episodes include: “Amok Time,” “The Doomsday Machine,” “The Trouble with Tribbles,” and Hugo Award-winners “The City on the Edge of Forever” and “The Menagerie.”


StarTrek.com has both an exclusive First Look at seven pages of the book's introduction and also behind-the-scenes details about the creation/inspiration for the book, as provided by Barnes & Noble...

Our editorial team had been wanting for some time to add a Star Trek-themed title to our collectible editions line and when we realized that 2016 would mark the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series we saw a golden opportunity. The book’s editor remembered reading as a teenager the twelve Star Trek collections published between 1967 and 1977 for which science fiction writer James Blish adapted the scripts for all of the episodes from the original series as short stories. Working with our partners at Penguin Random House, who published the original story collections, we chose the forty-five episodes that we thought Star Trek fans would instantly recognize as classics: “The Menagerie” and “The City on the Edge of Forever,” both of whose scripts won science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Award;  “The Trouble with Tribbles”; “The Doomsday Machine;” and episodes that had originally been scripted by Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Theodore Sturgeon, Norman Spinrad, David Gerrold, and other leading science fiction writers. CBS generously provided our design team with the artwork that adorns the book’s bonded-leather case, and production stills of the cast and the USS Enterprise that we use for endpapers. The result is a book that we hope will thrill Star Trek fans and pay tribute to a landmark of our popular culture.

Star Trek: The Classic Episodes (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) will cost $25.00. Go to www.barnesandnoble.com to order it now. 

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Star Trek: The Classic Episodes, available on April 29 as part of the Barnes & Noble Collection Editions series, gathers together the novelizations of 45 Star Trek: The Original Series episodes into a gorgeous, leatherbound 720-page anthology. Adapted by James Blish and J. A. Lawrence from scripts by Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and other leading science fiction writers, the adapted episodes include: “Amok Time,” “The Doomsday Machine,” “The Trouble with Tribbles,” and Hugo Award-winners “The City on the Edge of Forever” and “The Menagerie.”


StarTrek.com has both an exclusive First Look at seven pages of the book's introduction and also behind-the-scenes details about the creation/inspiration for the book, as provided by Barnes & Noble...

Our editorial team had been wanting for some time to add a Star Trek-themed title to our collectible editions line and when we realized that 2016 would mark the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series we saw a golden opportunity. The book’s editor remembered reading as a teenager the twelve Star Trek collections published between 1967 and 1977 for which science fiction writer James Blish adapted the scripts for all of the episodes from the original series as short stories. Working with our partners at Penguin Random House, who published the original story collections, we chose the forty-five episodes that we thought Star Trek fans would instantly recognize as classics: “The Menagerie” and “The City on the Edge of Forever,” both of whose scripts won science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Award;  “The Trouble with Tribbles”; “The Doomsday Machine;” and episodes that had originally been scripted by Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Theodore Sturgeon, Norman Spinrad, David Gerrold, and other leading science fiction writers. CBS generously provided our design team with the artwork that adorns the book’s bonded-leather case, and production stills of the cast and the USS Enterprise that we use for endpapers. The result is a book that we hope will thrill Star Trek fans and pay tribute to a landmark of our popular culture.

Star Trek: The Classic Episodes (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) will cost $25.00. Go to www.barnesandnoble.com to order it now. 

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the-classic-episodes-anthology-out-april-29 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:51:12 -0700
<![CDATA[McFadden & Frakes Set for Mission New York]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/mcfadden-frakes-set-for-mission-new-york

William Shatner, Terry Farrell, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and LeVar Burton will be joined at Star Trek: Mission New York by Gates McFadden and Jonathan Frakes, who are the latest additions to the guest list, with many more Trek celebrities to be revealed in the near future. McFadden and Frakes -- Star Trek: The Next Generation's Dr. Crusher and Riker, respectively -- will appear on stage and be available for autographs and photo ops
A three-day 50th anniversary event presented by CBS Consumer Products and ReedPop, Star Trek: Mission New York will take place September 2-4, 2016, in Manhattan. Activities will include interactive exhibits, celebrity guests, panels, screenings, exclusive merchandise and more. Adult and kids tickets are available now at pre-show prices, and they'll be sold by day and as part of a three-day specially priced package.
Further information about Star Trek: Mission New York – including additional guest announcements, hotel information and exhibitors – will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for ongoing coverage, and also be sure to visit www.StarTrekMissions.com and the Star Trek: Mission New York social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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William Shatner, Terry Farrell, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and LeVar Burton will be joined at Star Trek: Mission New York by Gates McFadden and Jonathan Frakes, who are the latest additions to the guest list, with many more Trek celebrities to be revealed in the near future. McFadden and Frakes -- Star Trek: The Next Generation's Dr. Crusher and Riker, respectively -- will appear on stage and be available for autographs and photo ops
A three-day 50th anniversary event presented by CBS Consumer Products and ReedPop, Star Trek: Mission New York will take place September 2-4, 2016, in Manhattan. Activities will include interactive exhibits, celebrity guests, panels, screenings, exclusive merchandise and more. Adult and kids tickets are available now at pre-show prices, and they'll be sold by day and as part of a three-day specially priced package.
Further information about Star Trek: Mission New York – including additional guest announcements, hotel information and exhibitors – will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for ongoing coverage, and also be sure to visit www.StarTrekMissions.com and the Star Trek: Mission New York social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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mcfadden-frakes-set-for-mission-new-york Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:58:49 -0700
<![CDATA[A McCoy Stamp, Dammit]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/a-mccoy-stamp-dammit

You’d have to be out of your Vulcan minds to think that Dr. McCoy would be left out of the Star Trek 50th anniversary stamp series being issued by Canada Post. The latest addition to the collection was revealed at an event at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in London, Ontario, this morning by Dr. Sonny Kohli, project lead for Cloud DX’s Tricorder project.
Bones joins his colleagues Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty and the U.S.S. Enterprise as part of the Canadian postal services celebration of Star Trek. More stamps will be revealed soon, and keep an eye open for live tweets from the Dr. McCoy stamp launch event.

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You’d have to be out of your Vulcan minds to think that Dr. McCoy would be left out of the Star Trek 50th anniversary stamp series being issued by Canada Post. The latest addition to the collection was revealed at an event at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in London, Ontario, this morning by Dr. Sonny Kohli, project lead for Cloud DX’s Tricorder project.
Bones joins his colleagues Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty and the U.S.S. Enterprise as part of the Canadian postal services celebration of Star Trek. More stamps will be revealed soon, and keep an eye open for live tweets from the Dr. McCoy stamp launch event.

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a-mccoy-stamp-dammit Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:38:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Dave Kern's Last Good Day]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/dave-kerns-last-good-day

David Kern was many things, but one trait that greatly defined him, and his whole life, was that, from the very beginning, when Star Trek first aired in the 60s, until his last days on Earth, he was a devoted fan of Star Trek. Dave’s life was filled with hardships, but I know that Star Trek made it better, including his last good day.

He loved the shows and movies for everything that they were, but he was never the kind of Trekkie who would dress up and attend conventions. He was a Trekker, interested in the science and mechanics of it all, while enjoying the drama. Over time, he collected toys and replicas, and obtained a copy of every episode – and he raised his children watching those very same episodes with them. “He was obsessed;” says his youngest daughter, Audrey. “He had an entire wall filled with VHS tapes of just Star Trek.”
When he moved to Southern California, he formed a band with new friends and their drummer happened to work on the set of The Next Generation. Thanks to that foot in the door he was able to get a lot of great memorabilia, such as personal autographs, signed scripts and even a communicator used on screen by Brent Spiner.

As the years went on, even as the shows ended or were canceled and the movie productions seemed to halt, Dave remained a loyal fan. He would make a passing Trek analogy in a casual conversation and even find time to watch other shows just because they featured actors who were in Star Trek. Whenever a certain celebrity, like Kirsten Dunst, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, or Iggy Pop, was in the spotlight or the topic of discussion, he was quick to point out that, yes indeed, they had made a guest appearance in an episode of whichever Trek series. At the end of a trying day, working hard to support his family, he was always happy to watch a rerun or a full-length movie for the umpteenth time.  And, whenever he did, I could see in his face that he enjoyed it as much then as he must have the first time.

Come the summer of 2014, Dave, already dealing depression over losing his wife Angie, also a Star Trek fan, who died in 2010, and suffering various health issues and financial struggles as a result, was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung. Upon hearing the news, Debbie, a longtime friend of Dave and Angie's, came to visit from out of state. While the cancer was stage four, David did not want to give up and opted to try chemotherapy. Now, while most are aware that the process of chemotherapy is very hard on the body, the first day, mixed with a vitamin B shot, leaves the patient feeling pretty good. It is usually later that the medicine begins to take its effect and the harsh symptoms arise. Debbie knew this and when a date was scheduled for four days later, she suggested that we should throw a party for his first day of chemo. He quickly replied with, “A Star Trek party,” adding, in his gruffest and most-virile voice..., “A KLINGON party!”
As his daughter-in-law and live in caretaker, I wanted nothing more than to throw him the best damn Star Trek party I could on such short notice. It was a challenge; to say the least; Star Trek party supplies aren’t exactly lining the shelves in any brick and mortar stores, nor are Klingon supplies, for that matter. Ordering any on the Internet was not an option, but I must add that there was not much there, either. Finding Trek-themed decorations was nigh impossible, so instead I thought, “How would the crews of Enterprise, Voyager or DS9 decorate for a party?” This was a much easier approach. We stuck to the traditional red, blue and gold color scheme, and grabbed anything that was shiny and wouldn’t have been out of place on the set of The Original Series. Also, anything outer-space-related was great, as long as it was not too childish. The theme really came together when I found a 40-foot roll of a plastic, starry backdrop/tablecloth material and covered all the windows with it, as if the house itself were our vessel and we were in space. It really helped set the atmosphere, or lack thereof!
 
All of that just was not Klingon enough, though, so for Dave’s desk, his special space and usually the hub of the house, I quickly made some Klingon banners out of black and red poster board and draped black and red steamers by his window. Dave, a finicky PC user, even let me set his screen saver to changing views of starship schematics, which looked like they were displayed on Enterprises’ own consoles.

When he arrived home from his appointment, he was beginning to have second thoughts about the party. I do not know if it was seeing the house in disarray, or maybe he was overstimulated from his session and all of the movement bustling around him at home. Perhaps he was having a hard time coping with the gravity of being a cancer patient and beginning chemotherapy. Even though he was feeling OK, it is a lot for anyone to face. He began to relax and enjoy himself once the house was in order and guests started to arrive.
We had decided to keep it a potluck affair, so people brought their own dishes and none of them were particularly Trek-related. However, I was in charge of the drinks. Fruit punch was now Klingon Blood Wine, blue Kool-Aid became Romulan Ale, and fresh limeade made for an excellent Ferengi Snail Juice.

Dave didn’t have much left in the way of family, but his son, daughters and only grandchild were there that day, along with some of his closest and oldest friends. Now, as I had mentioned before, Dave wasn’t much of a geek, but on this day he fully embraced the theme and wore none other than a golden shirt with the command insignia. He sat, happily sipping his Klingon Blood Wine and chatting with his loved ones while random episodes of TOS, TNG and DS9 played in the background.

We kept watching episodes nearly every day after the party… until Dave succumbed to his illness and passed away only a month later. The family debated on what to have engraved beneath his and his wife’s name on their plaque. It came down to either “Beam us up” or the title of their favorite song, which won by the flip of a coin. However, his oldest daughter Amanda said of the party, “I truly believe it was his last good day,” and we were able to make that happen because of Star Trek.

For that, we’ll forever be grateful.

Catherine Kern

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David Kern was many things, but one trait that greatly defined him, and his whole life, was that, from the very beginning, when Star Trek first aired in the 60s, until his last days on Earth, he was a devoted fan of Star Trek. Dave’s life was filled with hardships, but I know that Star Trek made it better, including his last good day.

He loved the shows and movies for everything that they were, but he was never the kind of Trekkie who would dress up and attend conventions. He was a Trekker, interested in the science and mechanics of it all, while enjoying the drama. Over time, he collected toys and replicas, and obtained a copy of every episode – and he raised his children watching those very same episodes with them. “He was obsessed;” says his youngest daughter, Audrey. “He had an entire wall filled with VHS tapes of just Star Trek.”
When he moved to Southern California, he formed a band with new friends and their drummer happened to work on the set of The Next Generation. Thanks to that foot in the door he was able to get a lot of great memorabilia, such as personal autographs, signed scripts and even a communicator used on screen by Brent Spiner.

As the years went on, even as the shows ended or were canceled and the movie productions seemed to halt, Dave remained a loyal fan. He would make a passing Trek analogy in a casual conversation and even find time to watch other shows just because they featured actors who were in Star Trek. Whenever a certain celebrity, like Kirsten Dunst, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, or Iggy Pop, was in the spotlight or the topic of discussion, he was quick to point out that, yes indeed, they had made a guest appearance in an episode of whichever Trek series. At the end of a trying day, working hard to support his family, he was always happy to watch a rerun or a full-length movie for the umpteenth time.  And, whenever he did, I could see in his face that he enjoyed it as much then as he must have the first time.

Come the summer of 2014, Dave, already dealing depression over losing his wife Angie, also a Star Trek fan, who died in 2010, and suffering various health issues and financial struggles as a result, was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung. Upon hearing the news, Debbie, a longtime friend of Dave and Angie's, came to visit from out of state. While the cancer was stage four, David did not want to give up and opted to try chemotherapy. Now, while most are aware that the process of chemotherapy is very hard on the body, the first day, mixed with a vitamin B shot, leaves the patient feeling pretty good. It is usually later that the medicine begins to take its effect and the harsh symptoms arise. Debbie knew this and when a date was scheduled for four days later, she suggested that we should throw a party for his first day of chemo. He quickly replied with, “A Star Trek party,” adding, in his gruffest and most-virile voice..., “A KLINGON party!”
As his daughter-in-law and live in caretaker, I wanted nothing more than to throw him the best damn Star Trek party I could on such short notice. It was a challenge; to say the least; Star Trek party supplies aren’t exactly lining the shelves in any brick and mortar stores, nor are Klingon supplies, for that matter. Ordering any on the Internet was not an option, but I must add that there was not much there, either. Finding Trek-themed decorations was nigh impossible, so instead I thought, “How would the crews of Enterprise, Voyager or DS9 decorate for a party?” This was a much easier approach. We stuck to the traditional red, blue and gold color scheme, and grabbed anything that was shiny and wouldn’t have been out of place on the set of The Original Series. Also, anything outer-space-related was great, as long as it was not too childish. The theme really came together when I found a 40-foot roll of a plastic, starry backdrop/tablecloth material and covered all the windows with it, as if the house itself were our vessel and we were in space. It really helped set the atmosphere, or lack thereof!
 
All of that just was not Klingon enough, though, so for Dave’s desk, his special space and usually the hub of the house, I quickly made some Klingon banners out of black and red poster board and draped black and red steamers by his window. Dave, a finicky PC user, even let me set his screen saver to changing views of starship schematics, which looked like they were displayed on Enterprises’ own consoles.

When he arrived home from his appointment, he was beginning to have second thoughts about the party. I do not know if it was seeing the house in disarray, or maybe he was overstimulated from his session and all of the movement bustling around him at home. Perhaps he was having a hard time coping with the gravity of being a cancer patient and beginning chemotherapy. Even though he was feeling OK, it is a lot for anyone to face. He began to relax and enjoy himself once the house was in order and guests started to arrive.
We had decided to keep it a potluck affair, so people brought their own dishes and none of them were particularly Trek-related. However, I was in charge of the drinks. Fruit punch was now Klingon Blood Wine, blue Kool-Aid became Romulan Ale, and fresh limeade made for an excellent Ferengi Snail Juice.

Dave didn’t have much left in the way of family, but his son, daughters and only grandchild were there that day, along with some of his closest and oldest friends. Now, as I had mentioned before, Dave wasn’t much of a geek, but on this day he fully embraced the theme and wore none other than a golden shirt with the command insignia. He sat, happily sipping his Klingon Blood Wine and chatting with his loved ones while random episodes of TOS, TNG and DS9 played in the background.

We kept watching episodes nearly every day after the party… until Dave succumbed to his illness and passed away only a month later. The family debated on what to have engraved beneath his and his wife’s name on their plaque. It came down to either “Beam us up” or the title of their favorite song, which won by the flip of a coin. However, his oldest daughter Amanda said of the party, “I truly believe it was his last good day,” and we were able to make that happen because of Star Trek.

For that, we’ll forever be grateful.

Catherine Kern

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dave-kerns-last-good-day Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Ward's Latest Novel... TOS: Elusive Salvation]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/wards-latest-novel-tos-elusive-salvation

Star Trek: The Original Series: Elusive Salvation is the latest Trek novel by author and frequent StarTrek.com guest blogger Dayton Ward, and it'll be released tomorrow by Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books. Ward's many Trek contributions include Next Generation: Armageddon's Arrow, Seekers: All That's Left, The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms, Typhon Pact: Paths of Disharmony and Vanguard: Summon the Thunder. Elusive Salvation will be available as a mass market paperback and eBook, and here's the publisher's official synopsis:
The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash land on Earth’s inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost.

San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction.

New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help—from the future…


Star Trek: The Original Series: Elusive Salvation will run 400 pages and cost $7.99. Go to  www.simonandschuster.com to pre-order it.

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Star Trek: The Original Series: Elusive Salvation is the latest Trek novel by author and frequent StarTrek.com guest blogger Dayton Ward, and it'll be released tomorrow by Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books. Ward's many Trek contributions include Next Generation: Armageddon's Arrow, Seekers: All That's Left, The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms, Typhon Pact: Paths of Disharmony and Vanguard: Summon the Thunder. Elusive Salvation will be available as a mass market paperback and eBook, and here's the publisher's official synopsis:
The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash land on Earth’s inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost.

San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction.

New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help—from the future…


Star Trek: The Original Series: Elusive Salvation will run 400 pages and cost $7.99. Go to  www.simonandschuster.com to pre-order it.

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wards-latest-novel-tos-elusive-salvation Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Khan Director's Edition Coming To Blu-Ray ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/khan-directors-edition-coming-to-blu-ray

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan! will be back in a few weeks, looking and sounding more fearsome than ever, and that's because Paramount Home Media Distribution will release Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan -- Director's Edition on Blu-ray on June 7. The Blu-ray will include both Nicholas Meyer's Director's Edition and the original theatrical version of the classic film, as well as "The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan," a brand-new, almost-30-minute documentary featuring photos, archival footage and new interviews.
Additionally, the Wrath of Khan Director's Edition Blu-ray will features more than two hours of previously released extras, including commentaries by Meyer and Manny Coto, a tribute to Ricardo Montalban, interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Montalban, a look at James Horner's score and more.

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Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan! will be back in a few weeks, looking and sounding more fearsome than ever, and that's because Paramount Home Media Distribution will release Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan -- Director's Edition on Blu-ray on June 7. The Blu-ray will include both Nicholas Meyer's Director's Edition and the original theatrical version of the classic film, as well as "The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan," a brand-new, almost-30-minute documentary featuring photos, archival footage and new interviews.
Additionally, the Wrath of Khan Director's Edition Blu-ray will features more than two hours of previously released extras, including commentaries by Meyer and Manny Coto, a tribute to Ricardo Montalban, interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Montalban, a look at James Horner's score and more.

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khan-directors-edition-coming-to-blu-ray Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Alien Species You'd Like to Be a Part of Is... ]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/alien-species-youd-like-to-be-a-part-of-is

The list was long and the results were suprising. StarTrek.com, for our latest weekly poll, asked Which alien species would you want to be a part of? Fans could choose from the following: Andorians, Bajorans, Borg, El-Aurians, Klingons, Q, Romulans and Vulcans. More than 4,000 fans voted, and here are the results:

Q (45%)

Vulcans (24%)

Klingons (8%)

Bajorans (6%)

El-Aurians (5%)

Romulans (4%, 216 votes)

Andorians (4%, 211 votes)

Borg (2%)


So, how did YOUR alien species of choice fare?

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The list was long and the results were suprising. StarTrek.com, for our latest weekly poll, asked Which alien species would you want to be a part of? Fans could choose from the following: Andorians, Bajorans, Borg, El-Aurians, Klingons, Q, Romulans and Vulcans. More than 4,000 fans voted, and here are the results:

Q (45%)

Vulcans (24%)

Klingons (8%)

Bajorans (6%)

El-Aurians (5%)

Romulans (4%, 216 votes)

Andorians (4%, 211 votes)

Borg (2%)


So, how did YOUR alien species of choice fare?

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alien-species-youd-like-to-be-a-part-of-is Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:19:19 -0700
<![CDATA[The Star Trek Replicator Challenge]]> http://www.startrek.com/article/the-star-trek-replicator-challenge

MakerBot is excited to inspire the next generation of astronauts and Starfleet cadets by supporting the Star Trek Replicator Challenge, a 3D printing challenge developed by Future Engineers for the ASME Foundation, NASA and Star Trek. Participants in the challenge must create a digital model of a non-edible, food-related item for astronauts to 3D print in the year 2050. The Star Trek Replicator Challenge is the third in a series of "Future Engineers" challenges aimed to educate students K-12 about 3D printing and engineering design.

MakerBot is donating eight MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printers to the schools of the challenge finalists. The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is a fully WIFI connected, educational 3D printer that can easily be moved between classrooms. Inspired by the science-fiction series, the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers were named in reference to the Replicator used throughout the Star Trek franchise.
“The Star Trek Replicator Challenge is a great way to get students interested in 3D design and 3D printing,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “While the Replicator concept from Star Trek is still science-fiction, MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers have made 3D printing a reality for thousands of schools around the world. 3D printing helps inspire the innovators of tomorrow by allowing students to come up with an idea and make it real.”

The Star Trek Replicator Challenge asks students to boldly go where no one has gone before with 3D printing to design solutions that help astronauts "live long and prosper." Specifically, the Star Trek Replicator Challenge is intended for students to think about future long-duration space missions and wants students to design 3D printable objects that will help astronauts eat nutritious meals in the year 2050. Examples of possible designs include hardware needed to grow and harvest plants to hardware needed to prepare, eat and dispose of food.

3D printing is already a reality for astronauts. NASA sent the first 3D printer to the International Space Station in 2014 and astronauts have successfully printed 21 plastic tools, containers and test samples thus far. “Sustainability will be a critical aspect of long duration space missions and will require off-planet manufacturing technologies to create all of the items our future astronauts need,” said NASA In-Space Manufacturing Manager, Niki Werkheiser. NASA is incorporating innovative 3D printing ideas into the agency’s exploration mission roadmap in order to become truly Earth-independent as they strategize how to venture further to places like Mars.

“Over the 50-year lifespan of the Star Trek franchise we have seen countless ways that science-fiction has inspired science-fact, both in consumer technology and in space exploration," said Deanne Bell, CEO of Future Engineers. “Now that NASA is 3D printing on the ISS, we thought it was the perfect time to bring Star Trek, NASA and ASME together to educate students about 3D printing in space. MakerBot has played a major role in making 3D printers accessible to students and educators. It’s very apropos to be awarding Replicator Mini 3D printers to the winners’ schools. We’re thrilled to have them on board.”

Students can submit their 3D designs to the Future Engineers website until May 1, 2016, and the winners will be announced on July 5, 2016.

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MakerBot is excited to inspire the next generation of astronauts and Starfleet cadets by supporting the Star Trek Replicator Challenge, a 3D printing challenge developed by Future Engineers for the ASME Foundation, NASA and Star Trek. Participants in the challenge must create a digital model of a non-edible, food-related item for astronauts to 3D print in the year 2050. The Star Trek Replicator Challenge is the third in a series of "Future Engineers" challenges aimed to educate students K-12 about 3D printing and engineering design.

MakerBot is donating eight MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printers to the schools of the challenge finalists. The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is a fully WIFI connected, educational 3D printer that can easily be moved between classrooms. Inspired by the science-fiction series, the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers were named in reference to the Replicator used throughout the Star Trek franchise.
“The Star Trek Replicator Challenge is a great way to get students interested in 3D design and 3D printing,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “While the Replicator concept from Star Trek is still science-fiction, MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers have made 3D printing a reality for thousands of schools around the world. 3D printing helps inspire the innovators of tomorrow by allowing students to come up with an idea and make it real.”

The Star Trek Replicator Challenge asks students to boldly go where no one has gone before with 3D printing to design solutions that help astronauts "live long and prosper." Specifically, the Star Trek Replicator Challenge is intended for students to think about future long-duration space missions and wants students to design 3D printable objects that will help astronauts eat nutritious meals in the year 2050. Examples of possible designs include hardware needed to grow and harvest plants to hardware needed to prepare, eat and dispose of food.

3D printing is already a reality for astronauts. NASA sent the first 3D printer to the International Space Station in 2014 and astronauts have successfully printed 21 plastic tools, containers and test samples thus far. “Sustainability will be a critical aspect of long duration space missions and will require off-planet manufacturing technologies to create all of the items our future astronauts need,” said NASA In-Space Manufacturing Manager, Niki Werkheiser. NASA is incorporating innovative 3D printing ideas into the agency’s exploration mission roadmap in order to become truly Earth-independent as they strategize how to venture further to places like Mars.

“Over the 50-year lifespan of the Star Trek franchise we have seen countless ways that science-fiction has inspired science-fact, both in consumer technology and in space exploration," said Deanne Bell, CEO of Future Engineers. “Now that NASA is 3D printing on the ISS, we thought it was the perfect time to bring Star Trek, NASA and ASME together to educate students about 3D printing in space. MakerBot has played a major role in making 3D printers accessible to students and educators. It’s very apropos to be awarding Replicator Mini 3D printers to the winners’ schools. We’re thrilled to have them on board.”

Students can submit their 3D designs to the Future Engineers website until May 1, 2016, and the winners will be announced on July 5, 2016.

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the-star-trek-replicator-challenge Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0700