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Robert Duncan McNeill on Directing Star Trek: Discovery

Best known as Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager, Robert Duncan McNeill has managed to parlay his acting career into an impressive portfolio of directing roles. In a recent interview with StarTrek.com, McNeill admitted that though he has actively pursued a chance to direct an episode of the newest Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery, he feels that the chance will be unlikely, for a worthy reason:

“I wanted to direct Discovery. I met with their producing director. I didn’t know the show that well, but I met with him on their last hiatus to talk about season two. I also produce now. So, I hire a lot of directors. The last few years, there’s been a seismic shift in terms of the priorities toward female and diverse directors. That reality now has meant that what used to be normal, which was a lot of white guys, to be quite honest, has changed. Some shows are mostly women directing. I think Jessica Jones, last year, had all female directors. Handmaid’s Tale. A woman may direct the next Star Trek movie. Most importantly, it’s a wonderful thing that’s happening. I’m proud that on other shows I’ve produced — The Gifted, The Arrangement, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce — I’ve brought in female directors. But, to answer your question, Discovery does a limited number of episodes and a priority there is to get female and diverse directors, so there are fewer opportunities for people like me, which is a great thing. But, yeah, if the opportunity arose to direct Discovery and I fit what they needed and it fit my schedule, I’d love to do it.”

Though it would be a great asset to have another experienced Star Trek director helming an episode in season two of Star Trek: Discovery, we need to applaud the push by the producers and the network to embrace more diversity and inclusiveness both in front of and behind the camera.

TrekMovie.com recently ran an article detailing this interview, and expanded on the diverse cast of directors that Star Trek: Discovery has drawn in to work on the series. It also details a few suggestions for more diverse directors, including McNeill’s former castmate, Roxann Dawson.

It is heartening to know that Star Trek is still aspiring to attain the ideals that has graced our screens for over fifty years!


Get ready for Star Trek Discovery

Netflix recently announced in June that it will be streaming all episodes of Star Trek, including The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, and Voyager. This is great news for Star Trek fans wanting to catch up on their canon lore before the new series launches.

Watchers outside of the United States will then also have access to the new show via Netflix when it premiers in September. Unfortunately, Americans and Canadians will only have access through CBS’ new streaming service, “All Access.”

The new series is set on a brand new ship with a new cast. Check out the newest teaser trailer below:


Star Trek: Beyond is here!

There is all kinds of hype for the new Star Trek: Beyond movie as, once again, the USS Enterprise takes flight to the farthest reaches of uncharted space!

A captain, a crew, a cast of talented, fresh faces – from both previous and new films – is what awaits moviegoers this month. Some highlights to look for are Zachary Quinto as Spock, late actor Anton Yelchin as Chekov, and Chris Pine as Kirk, along with a whole cast relaunch that brought the USS Enterprise to a new generation of fans. Once thought to be a dead franchise, J.J. Abram’s was able to prove one of the most critically acclaimed universes could still live in our time.

Star Trek fans from all over the world are excited to see what this new movie will brings in what J.J. Abram’s is now calling the “Kelvin timeline,” which is named after the ship that was the first to be destroyed in the 2009 Star Trek reboot, under the command – during its final moments – of George Kirk, father to James.

If you’re a Trek fan from any generation, now is the time to hunker-down with movie snacks and go see what’s what in theaters this month as Star Trek: Beyond takes to the silver screen tomorrow, July 22, 2016! Once you’ve watched, head to the forums to talk with others about what you liked, and didn’t!

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Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek.

Anton Yelchin: Remembering and celebrating his life

Today, let us pay tribute to a man who has made his mark on Star Trek: Anton Yelchin, may he rest in peace.

Anton was born in Russia to a Jewish family and moved to the United States with his parents when he was six months old.

Anton was more than just an actor in recent Star Trek movies, he was an inspiration to many people. Anton brought joy and smiles to the faces of friends, fans, and family alike. He will be remembered in our hearts and minds as a talented, gifted, kind, funny, and charismatic man. Anton Yelchin touched more lives than he could ever know with his portrayal of Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot trilogy.

Losing a member of the Star Trek Community is always a sad and heartbreaking experience, as was proven with the death of Leonard Nimoy last year. Anton’s death was a tragic loss that will be felt for many years to come.

The entire Star Trek community sends its thoughts, prayers, and condolences to those Anton has left behind, and the members of UFOP: StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG would like to invite you to sharing your thoughts and feelings on this loss on our Facebook post.


Star Trek Timelines: Q strikes again!

As a frequent gamer I found myself at a loss a few weeks ago. I was looking forward to installing some of the old Star Trek games like Armada II but it’s so old it’s no longer working on a new computer without patching your system until eternity. So instead of trying to find a way to get the game going I decided to look for something else and what did I find? A great new game called Star Trek Timelines.

Its only available for Android and Apple but so far it’s a lot of fun. What is it all about? Well as you might have guessed by the title of this article Q has decided to show up again. He has set the galaxy in chaos by mixing a lot of timelines / alternate realities into your reality and you are the only man who can fix it. That sounds pretty cliché but it turns out to be a great task.

During the game -which is totally free- you can start recruiting your own crew. In a way it’s a little like Pokémon. You earn credits by doing all kinds of missions and with the credits you can buy “card”. These cards contain either people from the Star Trek series (Original, TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise) and there are also a lot of items. The characters you come across are divided into several roles. Troi for example is a great diplomat and has some medical knowledge while Seska is a great engineer with some combat skills. By giving them items they became better and what they do and the better the skills the more successful you’ll be in a mission.


The autobiography of James T. Kirk, now on sale

Starfleet’s greatest captain now has his very own autobiography: The Autobiography of James T. Kirkis now out and available in both hardcover and Kindle editions.

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain’s life (2233–2371), in his own words. From his boyhood on an Iowa farm, his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the Starfleet Academy, his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, this in-world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek fans have never seen.

Kirk’s singular voice rings throughout the text, giving insight into his convictions, his bravery, and his commitment to the life—in all forms—throughout this galaxy and beyond. Packaged in a handsome hardcover format, with a center section of photographs, sketches, and original illustrations, this in-world biography will serve as a profile of courage and celebration of a beloved Star Trek hero.

This book presents an engaging read and is styled as an actual autobiography, even featuring pictures of Kirk’s early years as well as editor’s notes that give a different perspective from Kirk’s own account. Full of warmth and humor it is a wonderful nostalgic trip through Star Trek lore as well as providing great stories and characterization of the legendary officer James Kirk. William Shatner even read excerpts of the book at the San Diego Comic-con.

Whether you’re a fan of the original series or someone looking for a new perspective about Star Trek, this novel delivers a fan-pleasing narrative and a beautiful tribute to a character we love. Click here to purchase the hardcover, paperback, or Kindle version and help support UFOP: SB118.


Strange New Worlds Contest returns

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

For 2016, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the mind-blowing and imagination-igniting effect those words have Simon & Schuster announcing the return of an opportunity for fans to help create a part of the Star Trek universe. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds fan fiction writing contest was a yearly contest that drew short stories from the fans for publication between 1998 and 2007.

For the 2016 contest 10 grand prize winners will be chosen to have their stories published in print and ebook formats. The stories must be about main – or recurring – characters that appeared in television or films before 2009. The two 1st prize winners will also be awarded self-publishing packages from Archway Publishing.

A deadline of January 15, 2016 is set for submissions by residents of the U.S. only, with the winners to be announced in March. For those of you with interests in visual arts, fans will soon be asked to submit artwork for the cover of the book.

Additional rules and information about how to enter can all be found at Star Trek Books. Check it out today!


Upcoming Star Trek Novels

Are you looking for a good set of Star Trek stories to sink your teeth into over the summer? Need a little creative recharge for your simming? Or maybe wondering what the hottest new stories are on the Star Trek block?

Look no further! It’s time to check out the newest upcoming releases for Star trek fiction!

Just out is ResistanceJohn Byrne‘s newest installment in his photographic novel series New Visions series. What is a photographic novel you ask? Well, it’s exactly like a graphic novel, but it uses photography from the original series to illustrate the story. Resistance features an old enemy in a new setting as the Borg come against the original Enterprise. Here’s a preview!

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Coming out in June is the TNG novel Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward. This action packed novel follows the voyages of the Next Generation crew’s new adventures on board the USS Enterprise-E in a story full of surprises:

It is a new age of exploration, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to “the Odyssean Pass,” a region charted only by unmanned probes and believed to contain numerous inhabited worlds. Approaching a star system with two such planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew find a massive alien vessel, drifting in interstellar space for decades. Sensors detect life aboard the derelict—aliens held in suspended animation.

Thought to be an immense sleeper ship, the vessel actually is a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds . . . the final gambit in a war that has raged for generations across the nearby system. Now caught in the middle of this conflict, Captain Picard attempts to mediate, as both sides want this doomsday weapon . . . which was sent from the future with the sole purpose of ending the interplanetary war before it even began!

And coming in September is Atonement – the exciting conclusion of Kirsten Beyer’s Voyager relaunched series. Beyer’s novels have been praised for taking a bold, new direction for the Voyager story after the ship returns to the Alpha quadrant, which continues on in this epic conclusion:

Admiral Kathryn Janeway faces a tribunal determined to execute her for supposed crimes committed during Voyager’s maiden trek through the Delta Quadrant. Captain Chakotay knows that the Kinara, several species now allied against the Full Circle fleet, are not all they appear to be. The Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant—a pact he cannot trust—is his only hope for unraveling the Kinara’s true agenda and rescuing Admiral Janeway. Meanwhile, Seven and Tom Paris are forced to betray the trust of their superiors in a desperate bid to reveal the lengths to which a fellow officer has gone in the name of protecting the Federation from the legendary Caeliar.

You can also check out the first two books in Beyer’s series: Protectors and Acts of Contrition.

Happy reading Star Trek fans, and stay tuned for more upcoming Trek media news!


Upcoming Star Trek Novels

With no current Star Trek episodes being created and the next Star Trek movie over a year away… what is a Trek fan to do to get their fix of the newest and best Trek media?

Besides great simming, there is a wealth of new books being released to satisfy all your Trek interests in the upcoming months!

For March, the TOS novel Savage Trade by Tony Daniel will be released on February 24th.  This will be Daniel’s second novel following the exploits of the crew of the original USS Enterprise.  The blurb promises a deep mystery for our heroes to solve:

The U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk is en route to the extreme edge of the Alpha Quadrant, and to a region known as the Vara Nebula. Its mission: to investigate why science outpost Zeta Gibraltar is not answering all Federation hailing messages. When the Enterprise arrives, a scan shows no life forms in the science station. Kirk leads a landing party and quickly discovers the reason for the strange silence—signs of a violent firefight are everywhere. Zeta Gibraltar has been completely raided. Yet there are no bodies and the entire roster of station personnel is missing…


R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

Today, we take a short break from posting our usual community news to memorialize Leonard Nimoy, who passed away today at the age of 83.

As Spock, his humanity touched our hearts and our minds equally. He will be missed.

New York Times: “Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83


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