Category: star trek the original series

Where have you been, Swear Trek?

It’s been quiet here on the ol’ Swear Trek Tumblr, and I figured I owed you all an update and an exclusive nifty thing.

Yes, Swear Trek is still active on Twitter and has been this whole time, but the secret is that there were eight full months of only reruns. That changed this week with a handful of new posts that I’ll be adding to the Tumblr soon-ish.

Used to be that the Tumblr and Twitter accounts were linked and I could use my Tumblr queue to run some of my Twitter posts. This was great and worked for two years and now no longer works at all and I’ll be dammed if I can figure out why. Yes, I was using IFTTT. Yes, the identical recipe still works for @effinbirds. Go figure.

Anyways, I took the technical malfunction and my own feeling of burnout as signs that I should take a break from Swear Trek. And what a productive break it was — my first book comes out next week. It pretends to be a bird guide but is actually a bunch of score-settling with people who have wronged me in life. Yes, it is absurdly petty. Jane Espenson called it “funny and legit beautiful”, which made my month. You should buy it, there’s a pre-order price war going on, with stores in the US and UK discounting it as much as 30%.

I’m doing a pair of signing events in Toronto and Ottawa — I’ll have Swear Trek patches with me, come and tell me you’re from Tumblr and I’ll give you one. Krissy and Noel from the Swear Trek writers room will be at the Toronto one, a rare in-person get together for us.

Ok, so that exclusive I promised? Here it is. I’ve been adapting some classic Star Trek comics into full narrative Swear Trek stories. Here’s the splash page from the first one, which is about a quarter of the way done.

Hope you dig it! Buy my book! Come see me in Toronto or Ottawa!

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every time i watch the trouble with tribbles i fall in love with it all over again. everything about that episode is perfection but kirk in particular is peak

these are terrible quality pictures but i love how when the murderous gaseous creature starts coming through the vent and the lever to close it breaks spock just fucking puts his hands over it to try to stop it jskdkdhska

an incomplete list of planets visited in TOS

– 1920s gangster planet

– halloween planet

– 1960s post apocalyptic w/ no adults

– garden of eden but run by a machine??

– gladiators

– mt. olympus

– 1800s cult but run by a machine

feel free to add more

remember that TOS episode that started with a giant floating hand in space and then that wasn’t even the craziest thing to happen in the episode

ok but you know how the talosians could’ve kept pike captive in “the cage”/“the menagerie”? they could’ve just created an illusion where he escaped with vina. they could just keep an ongoing running illusion of him captaining the enterprise and continuing on his journey and he would’ve never known the difference

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.