Author: They Boldly Went

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I worked with OmahaBound to create a custom set of collections of DC’s Star Trek comic book from the 1980s. I’m extremely happy with how they came out.

That means that “classictrek” is now deactivated but if you followed me there, you follow me here! Hooray!

(Pretty sure this means old reblogs are going to be funky for a while; sorry about that.)

Publicity photo of Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike, taken during the filming of “The Cage,” 1964. 

I’m a day late, but happy 30th anniversary to Star Trek V, a movie I very much enjoy despite it being Star Trek V. 

The Final Frontier is a flick I’m endlessly fascinated by, simultaneously a poorly-constructed mess with budgetary problems that are obvious as well as a feature-length homage to the spirit of Star Trek: The Original Series, filled with tiny moments where Shatner, Kelley, and Nimoy really get to shine. Yeah, maybe they were, as producer Ralph Winter mused, smoking their own press releases after three well-received movies in a row, but it’s also got this, my favorite moment in all of Star Trek.

Star Trek V was also the movie I saw on my first date, so maybe I’ve got a soft spot for it.

(You can read a lot more about the movie on this blog here.)

8 Times Leonard “Bones” McCoy’s Medical Knowledge Saved The Day:

I wrote this piece about our favorite space doctor for StarTrek.com. I am sassy in it.

When presented with the possible cure, Spock immediately pulls a Spock. He states flatly that the vial might also be a beaker full of death since they can’t determine dosage and are unable to check their data. McCoyresponds by injecting himself to test the cure and prove the Vulcan wrong.

Season 4, Episode 7 “The Enterprise Incident” (TOS) with Kevin Church:

I was lucky enough to get to appear on the Enterprising Individuals podcast, where I talked about one of my personal favorite episodes, “The Enterprise Incident,” along with Star Trek comics and much, much more. It’s a really great show and I was glad to be a part of it. 

Star Trek author Vonda N. McIntyre died yesterday after a long battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 70 years old. 

A winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, she’s best known by the masses for a single name she contributed to the Star Trek mythos: Hikaru, Sulu’s given first name in the novel The Entropy Effect. The name became canon when writer Peter David visited the set of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country to prepare for the film’s comics adaptation. He convinced Nicholas Meyer to insert in the script, making a certain set of fans (including myself) very happy.

Thank you for everything, Vonda.

Photo by Michael Ward on Flickr.

Star Trek author Vonda N. McIntyre died yesterday after a long battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 70 years old. 

A winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, she’s best known by the masses for a single name she contributed to the Star Trek mythos: Hikaru, Sulu’s given first name in the novel The Entropy Effect. The name became canon when writer Peter David visited the set of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country to prepare for the film’s comics adaptation. He convinced Nicholas Meyer to insert in the script, making a certain set of fans (including myself) very happy.

Thank you for everything, Vonda.

Photo by Michael Ward on Flickr.

You may not know the name, but I guarantee you’ve heard Gene Page’s music before. The conductor, composer, and arranger helped elevate the work of Barbra Streisand, Cher, Barry White (and the Love Unlimited Orchestra), Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and many more and he ended up working on over 200 records that earned Gold and Platinum status. He was also responsible for the soundtrack to Blacula and a handful of other films.

He only released five solo albums between 1968 and 1980. His take on Alexander Courage’s theme for Star Trek was from 1978′s sci-fi covers collection Close Encounter, released just as the mainstream disco scene was collapsing under its own weight.

Find out more about Gene Page’s work in this fantastic piece over at the Red Bull Music Academy.