"I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera to pan and then I stitched the separate shots together. The result is pretty epic.
It reminds me of the classic science fiction movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Suddenly the show has a 'Forbidden Planet' vibe." [via
Bored with basketball but want some Tournament action in your March-to-Early April? MentalFloss.com has collected* a list of (More Than) 11 OTHER March Madness Tournaments
, covering books, music, TV, webcomics, various flavors of sci-fi and fantasy, plus bunny slippers, hot dog toppings, the (previously here
) WORST Company in America and MORE! [more inside]
Renegade Studios, the team behind the 2008 fan film "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
", has released a teaser trailer for their next web series project: Star Trek: Renegades
. [more inside]
Starships were meant to fly
Our Science Fiction Movies Hate Science Fiction.
An intelligent discourse from The Awl
about the state of modern science fiction movies. [more inside]
How do you solicit freelance scripts for a science fiction television series that breaks the mold? You create a comprehensive guide to writing an episode of Star Trek
. [more inside]
Inside Secrets of the Making of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan and "Space Seed"
- of course Benedict Cumberbatch is totally not playing Khan
, a genetic superman from 1993, in the new Star Trek movie
. Maybe he'll sing a song
Bayesian analysis shows redshirts are not most likely to die on Star Trek:TOS. Although Enterprise crew members in redshirts suffer many more casualties than crew members in other uniforms, they suffer fewer casualties than crew members in gold uniforms when the entire population size is considered. Only 10% of the entire redshirt population was lost during the three year run of Star Trek. This is less than the 13.4% of goldshirts, but more than the 5.1% of blueshirts. What is truly hazardous is not wearing a redshirt, but being a member of the security department. The red-shirted members of security were only 20.9% of the entire crew, but there is a 61.9% chance that the next casualty is in a redshirt and 64.5% chance this red-shirted victim is a member of the security department. The remaining redshirts, operations and engineering make up the largest single population, but only have an 8.6% chance of being a casualty.
- webcomic from MetaFilter's own cortex
Aircraft Carriers in Space
: Naval analyst Chris Weuve talks to Foreign Policy
about what Battlestar Galactica gets right about space warfare.
In 1994, theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre proposed a scheme for virtual faster than light travel using a real-world analog to the familiar science fiction trope known as "Warp Drive."
The basic premise exploited certain space-time warping effects predicted by General Relativity to fold space-time
, theoretically allowing a specially designed space craft to reach distant destinations effectively at FTL speeds without actually having to accelerate to light speed or beyond at all. There was, however, at least one major problem with the proposal: The math suggested it would require as much energy as the mass of the planet Jupiter to power the thing. But according to newer calculations based on a modified version of Alcubierre's original proposal
, warp speed travel may now theoretically be within reach
(warning: eyeball-gouging Space.com link), requiring drastically less energy than originally thought. Of course, not everyone's convinced
there's anything to see here. And even so, prohibitive energy input requirements may not be
the only serious challenge
facing the development of real-world warp drive technology, so don't go packing your bags for that long overdue vacation to Risa just yet.
In 2273, after having been thought lost in a black hole, Voyager 6 returned to Federation space as V'Ger
, the massive and menacing spaceship at the heart of Star Trek: The Motion Picture
... Designing the Living Machine
- concept art for V'Ger, Redesigning the Walk to V’Ger
, The Lighting and Photography of Star Trek's "V'ger"
, working on the interior of V'ger
, V'ger External View
, V'Ger - Spock Mindmeld Model Piece
(scroll way down) (may contain Darth Vader and Miss Piggy
), animating the "V'ger Probe"
, V'ger rear view
Given the material abundance made possible by the replicator, how would it be possible to maintain a system based on money, profit, and class power? Towards an Anti-Star Trek. [more inside]
Following on from an epic Star Trek: The Original Series
) and their Star Trek movie marathon
, tor.com are now watching each episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation
in turn. So far they have reached The Last Outpost
, in which a terrifying new adversary was introduced as a replacement for Klingons as Star Trek universe bad guys: The Ferengi
Star Trek Convention NYC 1973
- Interviews with the fans, some of the makers of the show and Isaac Asimov (SLYT)
Starship Schematics Database
: dedicated to the sole purpose of archiving every single starship design ever conceived in the Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, and Space Battleship Yamato (A.K.A. Star Blazers in the USA) Universes, both official and unofficial, interesting and mediocre.
"I measure my life in terms of my relationship with Star Wars"
- The Guardian interviews Simon Pegg, star of Spaced
, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the forthcoming Paul
A one-hour dramatic television series.
Action - Adventure - Science Fiction.
The first such concept with strong central leas characters plus other continuing regulars.
Gene Roddenberry's original pitchfor Star Trek
(.pdf) - featuring Robert M. April, captain of the S.S. Yorktown. (via
"Captain, the tech is overteching"
- Ron Moore confirms everything you suspected about the Star Trek TNG approach to writing.
Star Trek... the first 29 episodes. These are the findings of the website tor.com. Its several week mission: to watch every episode; to summarize, rate and analyze; to watch with fresh eyes what many geeks have watched before
It's a tough life as a media tie-in writer
. Vonda N. McIntyre
, early pioneer in the field and author of the Star Trek film novelisations, blogs about how she started the Star Trek novel franchise
with The Entropy Effect
, despite suggestions that maybe she do something more respectable like be a waitress instead. [via io9
"We were treated like rock stars. I was told there were female Trekkies who kept lists of all the cast members with whom they'd slept. I was told this!" Extracts from 'Up To Now'
, the autobiography of William Shatner
... from his time on Star Trek
, where he comes over as the colossal jerk of legend, to his poignant recollections of the death of his third wife.
Sci-Fi Shakespearean standoff: Magneto
vs that guy from Serentity
was a sci-fi buff in the 1970s with the resources of the audiovisual squad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at his disposal. The result was Star Trix
, a claymation Star Trek parody, that spawned three short films
and Star Trix: The Flick (parts 1
, and 5
). Art Binninger himself explains the whole saga
on his web site.
An index to 1,696 constructed languages.
(or just look at the top 200
) From the Nadsat
of a Clockwork Orange and Tolkein's Quenya
to Star Trek's Darmonk
, a language based solely on parables (though Gene Wolfe got there first
) and Borges's language of Tlon
, there is plenty here for science fiction fans and language geeks alike. And, yes, for all you fanatics, Esperanto
is listed, as is your source for news in Special English
, limited to a 1500 word vocabulary.
Geek Nirvana: Star Trek's Federation vs Star Wars' Empire By the Numbers
Because we know the debate rages on......
Now if we could only resolve Kirk vs. Picard for once and all.
via Linux Notes
Cosmos Patrol: Star Trek for Communists
In the late 60s, the Soviets copied the TV show Star Trek
and used it as propaganda and entertainment. Set in the 23rd Century, the 400 galaxy-exploring crewmembers are led by a handsome Commander with a coldly logical First Officer. Ensign Chekhov assists as they encounter alien life forms and embrace them as brothers.
Shatner! The man! The myth! The legend!
He once told actor Kevin Pollak, who does the definitive Capt. Kirk impersonation: "At 'Star Trek' conventions, I do you doing me and it kills!"
Let it rest, already!
Star Trek series is going into casting, with filming to begin in May for a release in Autumn 2001. From the character descriptions it looks like it's basically a remake of the original series. I think they've run out of ideas. (Link via GeekPress
official Web site is kinda neat. One can buy Sulu stuff, too.