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.
posted by Joe Beese
on Feb 12, 2011 -
"They're not out to make a quick buck, they're looking to protect the integrity of the franchise and its mythology."
1998's Star Trek Insurrection
went through a number of different plots before becoming the film we ultimately saw. Starting out as Star Trek: Stardust
, the first take on the idea involved Captain Picard going all Heart of Darkness
on a former friend from his Starfleet Academy days in a bid to find the Fountain of Youth. That treatment evolved into a remarkably Avatar
ish story called simply Star Trek IX
in which Picard must go upriver to kill a malfunctioning Data as part of a Federation/Romulan alliance to displace strange alien natives from a planet teeming with a valuable and rare ore (spoiler: Picard actually kills Data in this treatment, and Tom Hanks was supposed to have a major role somewhere).
Let the late Michael Piller
guide you through the writing of Insurrection
in his unpublished book Fade In: The Making of Star Trek: Insurrection
(his "last great gift to the fans and to aspiring writers everywhere") in which he presents his original story treatments, story notes from his bosses at Paramount, surprisingly reasonable Trekker-type reactions from actors Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner, and much more. First made freely available by TrekCore.com
, Piller's family has since asked that it be removed, but you'll still find the file roaming the Internet if you boldly go looking for it
. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678
on Dec 31, 2010 -
Anyone can write Star Trek fan-fiction, but few can render it in 3-D.
Since 2006, Brandon Bridges has been writing, directing and producing a work of full-length Star Trek fan fiction entitled Star Trek: Specter of the Past
"follows the crew of the USS Fitzgerald, an Entente-class starship commanded by newly promoted Captain Gaius Reyf."
Last month, Bridges released his Director's Edition
to the web. It should be noted that Bridges plans to re-release the film with a full voice cast. Parts 0
, 2, 3
, 4, 5
. (Multi-link YouTube Post) [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand
on Nov 30, 2010 -
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
posted by Artw
on Mar 13, 2010 -
Star Trek fans know that there was a second, unaired pilot episode of Where No Man has Gone Before
. That version has been found
by a collector in Germany, and is going to be released.
posted by pjern
on Nov 15, 2009 -
"Hi. My name is Gene and this is my journal.
" Young Gene Roddenberry meets two Garfield-eyed aliens who proceed to take him everywhere in their exploration of this strange planet Earth. In the process, we see where Gene came up with the idea of a unified borderless
world that would allow dashing starship captains
to seek out new life and new civilizations
, boldly going where no one has gone before
. We see where Gene first met tribbles
, Orion slave girls
, and the Guardian of Forever
, and how Gene came up with phasers
, the Prime Directive
, food replicators
(from which he orders gagh
androids, and the Enterprise
design. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Sep 2, 2009 -
M. Joseph Young does rather interesting, detailed temporal analyses of the different timelines created by the Terminator
films, the Back To The Future
, those Trek
films that dealt with time travel, 12 Monkeys
, Flight Of The Navigator
, Army of Darkness
, Lost In Space
, Peggy Sue Got Married
, the Bill & Ted
, Planet of the Apes
, Kate and Leopold
, Somewhere In Time
, The Time Machine
, Minority Report
, Happy Accidents
, The Final Countdown
, Donnie Darko
, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
, and Deja Vu
. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Jul 30, 2009 -