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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


The Top 100 Star Trek Episodes

io9, a daily blog for science fiction and all that has to do with science and the future, has recently released an article, “The Top 100 Star Trek Episodes Of All Time!,” that’s sure to be as polarizing as it is exhaustive. The list considers all five television series and offers a few thoughts regarding each pick. Although the final ranking was done thanks to the editors, the contenders were all determined via comments on the site. The top ten from the list:

  1. TOS: “Balance of Terror”
  2. TNG: “The Best of Both Worlds”
  3. TOS: “The City on the Edge of Forever”
  4. DS9: “The Visitor”
  5. TNG: “Darmok”
  6. TOS: “The Trouble With Tribbles”
  7. DS9: “In the Pale Moonlight”
  8. TNG: “The Inner Light”
  9. TNG: “All Good Things…”
  10. TOS: “Mirror, Mirror”

What do you think about this list? Why not discuss it on our forums and discuss your own favorites with members of our community? Take a look at our General Discussion forums and let everyone know what you think!


The Beginning of the Beginning…

While the new Trek movies that comprise the ‘Reboot’ have been nothing short of epic, they are lacking a very important aspect of the overall Star Trek experience. At the very center of the entire franchise has always been the idea of the original Enterprise and their five year mission to seek out strange new worlds and civilizations. It is that central heart that the new movies have been missing.

But thanks to the changeover in directors, fans will soon get a taste of what that five year mission might entail in the newest Trek timeline. Once again, all of our favorite Starfleet officers will take their places on the most iconic starship in history. Once again, they will strike out on a mission to explore, but this time they will not only be taking the original generation of fans along with them for the ride, but they’ll be taking a whole new group of younger adventurers and dreamers too. If the original series and their exploratory adventures had plenty of real world effects, perhaps it is time we see the impact Star Trek can have on society today.

The details of the plot aren’t entirely in the open yet, but the news is making things a bit clearer as the movie is transformed from script to reality. Learn more in this article on the next five year mission of the USS Enterprise.


Captain’s Log: The Ferengi Encounter

Editor’s note – 

By the current stardate of 239103.27, the Ferengi are a well-established and universally recognizable species with our galaxy.  The Ferengi are valued members of  modern society, with impacts on the economy and politics of the Federation.  Some of their species even serve in Starfleet as officers.  The majority of their interactions with Starfleet and other organizations/races are documented and recorded in the annuals of history.

The official first contact between The Federation and the Ferengi occurred nearly 30 years ago in 2364.  The USS Enterprise-D and a Ferengi vessel were trapped in orbit together while investigating the Delphi Ardu System.  However, prior to this first contact, multiple encounters – some hostile – between the Ferengi and the Federation took place. Unfortunately, documentation and evidence of the Ferengi as a warp-capable species was ignored and not categorized in Starfleet records.

One of those encounters occurred between the USS Galway, a Baton Rogue class s vessel and sister ship to the USS Glasgow.  Built and commissioned in the mid 23rd century, the Galway was active from 2227-2239 and during its encounter with the Ferengi, captained by a Bolian female named Haln Atrol.  The below except from Captain’s log comes just after their encounter with a Ferengi trading vessel.

 

CAPTAIN’S LOG, STARDATE 223410.18
“Truth be told, I am still trying to wrap my head around exactly what happened yesterday.  Command had seen fit to assign the Galway on a routine mapping mission of the asteroid belt surrounding the planet Maxia Zeta III and Maxia Zeta IV.  Our long range probes had detected high concentrations of valuable ores and metals in the asteroids.  My science officer, Lieutenant Fulton, and I had been chomping at the bit to get a look at the asteroids from our previous pass through the system, so Command’s order was received with tangible joy.”

“Everything was running smoothly as we approached the system.  Dropping out of warp, our scans immediately detected two unknown vessels already in the asteroid belt.  Bringing the unknown craft up on the viewscreen, it was nothing that I nor anyone else on the bridge had ever seen before.  The ships had a distinctive crescent shape and were rust-orange in color.  When I attempted to hail the vessels, I received no reply, but the vessels began scanning us. Raising the Galway to yellow alert, I attempted to hail the vessels again.”

“My communications officer, Ensign D’Ovidio, reported that the alien vessel was blocking our hails.  Tactical reported that the ships were mining the asteroids of their valuable minerals and had raised their shields and were charging weapons.  Shocked at the aggressive stance taken against a Federation vessel, I moved us to defensive position and went to red alert.  The monotone chiming of the ships alert system ringing in my ears, I took my seat at the command chair and prepared for whatever these unknown assailants had up their sleeves.”

“As our ship drew closer, the unexpected aliens began moving away from the asteroids belt.  Whatever their intentions were, and despite having the numbers, they clearly were not prepared to give their lives for their cargo. I was hunched forward, hands pressed together before me, concentrating, when I was roused from my thoughts by Ensign D’Ovidio.  The aliens were hailing us.  Funny, I thought, that they had waited until they had filled their holds with minerals and ore before deciding to communicate.  I nodded in acknowledgment, took a deep breath and opened a channel.”

“The alien before me was, for lack a better word, frightening in appearance. Large orbital lobes covered its bald, rusty brown colored heads.  Jagged, pointy, crooked teeth filled their small mouths. Massive rounded ears jutted outwards from their stocky, round skulls.  It had its hands raised, blue fingertips pressed together before its face, much I as I had only done only moments before.  Frankly, it was terrifying.”

“I shot a steely glance at my Lieutenant Fulton.  The human shrugged his shoulder, letting me know he had nothing on record for this species based off their appearance.  There was a moment of silence as what I can only assume was the Captain of the other vessel and I locked eyes.  Since they clearly had warp technology, I was not worried about violating the Prime Directive.  Rather, I my heart rate jumped as I realized I may be making first contact with an unknown species.  I have transcribed the conversation with the alien captain below.”

Atrol: “Greetings, I am Captain Haln Atrol of the Federation starship USS Galway. Greetings.”

Alien: I am captain of this ship.  What business do you have hear? We have the exclusive mining rights to this system.

Atrol: We are assigned were to survey – “

The words hissed from his mouth as he struggled with our language.  Nonetheless, his rudimentary grasping of it led to me believe this was not First Contact, but rather a case of avoided contact.

Alien: “I care little of your mission, Captain.  We were here first.  The minerals belong to us.”

Atrol: “And who exactly is us?”

Alien:  “That is proprietary information, Captain.  Besides, you are a…female…it is below me to speak to you on matters of business and commerce.”

At this point, I felt my neck flush with anger.  I kept my composure, but clearly these aliens were misogynistic and greed oriented.

Atrol: Captain, you scanned our vessel and ignored our hails.  One would assume those are the actions of someone trying to hide something.

Alien: Your accusations matter little, female.

At that point, the alien before me sneered and closed the channel.  Before I had any time to react, he had wheeled his two ships around and began preparing for a jump to warp.  Tactical, to their credit, attempted to track their coordinates, but they jumped faster than we could react.

Whose this aliens were remains a mystery.  Nothing on them comes across in our searches of Starfleet’s records.  What I am certain of is that even if the Galway doesn’t encounter them again, some other Federation ship will.  And when they do, they had better be prepared.  This species is cunning, cutthroat, and aggressive.

END LOG

Captain Haln Atrol
Commanding Officer
USS Galway


A New Direction for Trek: Renegades

How often do you sit and wonder what it would be like to have a new Star Trek series to watch and enjoy? If you’re like most Trek fans, then you’ve been asking for one for a while now. Various fan-made series have come, and gone, mostly based on funding, but now there’s something new on the scene. A groups of ‘Renegades’ is planning something new in the realm of Television; a professional episode, filmed and edited as a presentation to CBS, the owners of the franchise, as a pitch for a new online or cable series.

This isn’t your typical fan made series either! Consider the impact that some of the Star Trek heavies could have, if given the chance, to mold the future of Star Trek in general. Well, that’s exactly what the Renegades are planning; directed by Trek veteran Tim Russ, and staring familiar names like Walter Koenig, Robert Picardo, and Garrett Wang, fans can expect loyalty and dedication to all that has come before. This truly looks to be a real possibility for the next direction Trek takes on TV.

But the success of Star Trek: Renegades depends on the fans like you. Head on over to their Indiegogo page to learn more about what they are raising money for, and what kind of rewards you can get for helping out.


15 Things You Didn’t Know About Star Trek

From firsts to fans, there’s plenty of things that you probably never knew about Star Trek. This helpful infographic makes it easy to learn some nifty facts about the franchise we love so much!


The speculation continues

If you have been following the Starbase 118Kirk and Harrison, from TrekMovie.com forum topic, New ST: Into Darkness Trailer, regarding the upcoming Star Trek movie, you’ll definitely be interested in what Damon Lindelof recently said about the villain in the movie.

We all know that Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the villain, but who is his character? Some have said that it’s Khan. Others believe it’s Garry Mitchell. The official reports identify Cumberbatch’s character as John Harrison, a terrorist from within Starfleet.

The producers have worked hard to keep the villain’s true identity a secret. The real shame would be that there is no secret identity and that what we’ve been told is all there is to the character. Whether I like J.J. Abrams’ version of Star Trek or not, I have to give him credit for his past projects, and especially the 2009 Star Trek movie, all of which surprised me and those with whom I’ve spoken. I feel confident in saying that there’s more to “John Harrison” than we know.

During an interview with the LA Times, Mr. Lindelof seemed to allude to the complexity of Kirk’s nemesis. He went on to explain that he wants the audience’s experience to be the same as the crew of the Enterprise. When Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and our other beloved heroes face their tormentor, we, the audience, will share their feelings, according to Lindelof.

In less than two months, we will have the answers to our questions about John Harrison, but until then, let the speculation continue on our forums.


Star Trek… Into Tears?

intodarknessThe newest to-be-released saga in the Trek realm has been quoted by its director to “.. make you cry”. But what does that mean for the story? Fortunately for us, the movie’s preview, which has just been released to the public, should help to solve that riddle just a bit, or will it?

Director J.J. Abrams has promised us another epic chapter in the Star Trek saga, featuring the younger, greener crew of the Enterprise. Some rather juicy tidbits about the movie have been releases, including a preview that is sure to wet some appetites. While the first movie encompasses James Kirk’s (Chrise Pine) rise to captaincy, Into Darkiness promises to highlight what it takes to keep that captaincy true, and what it means to be a member of Starfleet. We’ll get to meet some epic new villains, and carry our emotions to quite possibly a whole new level. “The goal of this movie is to make you cry. If the movie does its job, then by the end of the movie, you will have had a reaction involving the eyes,” Abrams states, and goes on to say “If the movie works, then there’s definitely an emotional component.”

Check out the trailer for this epic new piece of the saga, along with five things you may want to look for from J.J. Abrams himself!


Let Us Be Sure History Never Forgets the Name Enterprise

On December 1st, 2012, the United States Navy  deactivated the nuclear powered aircraft carrier CVN-65, more commonly known as the USS Enterprise. Commissioned in 1961, the Enterprise is the eighth USN ship to carry the name, and has seen action in conflicts around the world for 50 years. When she is formally decomissioned in March of 2013 (when the last of her nuclear fuel is removed), she will have been in service for 51 consecutive years, making her the longest serving carrier in the United States Navy.

The USS Enterprise had her keel laid at the Newport News Shipyards in 1958, was first launched on September 24th, 1960, and was officially commissioned by the Navy on November 25th, 1961. After her shakedown cruise, her first major assignment lived up to her spacefaring namesake: she acted as the tracking station for Friendship 7, the Project Mercury space capsule that carried Lieutenant Colonel John Glenn on his first orbital flight.


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