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[VIDEO] TMS at WinterCon: Star Trek Alum Nichelle Nichols and TNA’s Maria Kanellis on Women Who Kick Butt

Over the weekend, The Mary Sue had the chance to check out the sights and sounds of WinterCon, the annual comic and sci-fi expo taking place in New York.

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For Star Trek‘s 50th, NASA Interviews Nichelle Nichols & George Takei About Fiction Inspiring Reality

Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on Star Trek, and George Takei, who played Sulu, discuss having played roles that inspired real-life astronauts.

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William Shatner Says, “A Woman’s Place Is in the Fridge,” Remains the Worst

Thousands of fans turned out for Montreal Comic-Con July 8-10, many to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Overall, the mood was positive, forward-looking, and particularly supportive of diversity in the franchise. But then William Shatner opened his mouth, and took us all back in time (not in a fun Voyage Home way) with a string of sexist jokes.

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All in a Day’s Work: Nichelle Nichols Flew in a NASA Mission This Week

Back in August we reported that 82-year-old Nichelle Nichols would soon become one of the first-ever non-essential personnel to fly as part of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) mission, and now the intrepid space explorer has the pics to prove it!

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George Takei Explains Star Trek‘s Voyage to LGBTQ+ Representation

"The strength of this Starship lay in its diversity."

If you're a Star Trek nerd (or anyone who believes that media representation matters), this BigThink video is a fascinating look at the the development of, and inevitable backlash to, greater representation on Star Trek.

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82-Year-Old BAMF Nichelle Nichols Will Fly in a NASA Mission This September

During a Reddit AMA this weekend, 82-year-old Nichelle Nichols casually revealed that she'll be flying in a NASA Observatory Mission this September.

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Things We Saw Today: New Titan Comics Doctor Who Comics Event By Paul Cornell!

Check out this awesomely epic new Doctor Who comic adventure, written by Paul Cornell and drawn by Neil Edwards, and set to arrive just in time for Doctor Who Comics Day on August 15th!

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Shatner, Fillion, Nichols, Tennant, Gaiman, & More Set For BBC America’s Real History of Science Fiction

Fangasm

Holy crap those are some impressive names. But wait! There's more! 

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Things We Saw Today: Daenerys With Dragon Hair

Things We Saw Today

You need some detangler for that, Khaleesi? (via Artgerm on DeviantArt

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Star Trek’s Uhura And Spock Were Supposed To Hook Up Years Ago, Then William Shatner Pulled Rank

Dammit Jim!

Well this is a surprise. We all know about the interracial kiss that rocked the world on Star Trek on November 22, 1968 but did you know that kiss was originally supposed to be between Uhura and Spock, not Uhura and Kirk? 

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Whose Idea Was It For Star Trek To Be More Racially Diverse, Gene Roddenberry Or NBC?

To Boldly Go

Author and film historian Mark Clark was promoting his new book, Star Trek FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise, on Alpha Waves Radio. The book runs the gamut of information about Gene Roddenberry's classic sci-fi series and is aimed at both casual and die-hard fans. But one particular bit of information that came out of Clark's research is an alternate theory on who really pushed for the cast of the show to be racially diverse. Read on to find out what Clark believes really happened.

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Things We Saw Today: A Hero’s Daughter

Things We Saw Today

Author Brad Meltzer wrote a book called Heroes For My Daughter, in which he wrote a series of essays about a variety of people including Lucille Ball, Marie Curie, and Christopher Reeve. Above is a picture of Reeve's daughter, Alexandra, who showed up at a recent signing for the book and read the entry about her father. Are you crying yet? ...How about now? (via Brad Meltzer on Facebook via email tipster Anna B.)

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Fascinating: President Obama and Nichelle Nichols Giving the Vulcan Salute

Almost Totally Excellent

Senior Representative of the United Federation of Planets Nyota Uhura stopped by the White House last night as part of an on going series of talks about the United States' space presence in the future. Well, actually, Nichelle Nichols, the actress who plays Uhura and who has worked with NASA for years, helping to recruit female and minority personnel, including Dr. Sally Ride and Colonel Guion Bluford, the first American woman and African-American person in space, had the opportunity to stop by the White House Tuesday night and meet the President, since she was in town for a NASA event. Here's two simply awesome things from her Twitter:
Months ago Pres Obama was quoted as saying that he'd had a crush on me when he was younger. I asked about that & he proudly confirmed it! President Obama also confirmed for me that he was defintely a Trekker! How wonderful is that?!
(via The Hollywood Reporter.) Previously in Nichelle Nichols

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Will J.J. Abrams Be Replacing Uhura’s Skirt With Pants? Negative, Captain.

The Final Frontier

One of the trademarks of Nichelle Nichols' Lt. Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series was not just her skill and authority, but her miniskirt. We know it was an attempt by NBC suits to "sex up" the show a bit (the women in the pilot wore the same uniforms as the men, which was Gene Roddenberry's idea). Then again, it was the 1960s, and women wore miniskirts in their everyday lives. Said Nichols herself when questioned about the leg-revealing attire: "I was wearing them on the street. What's wrong with wearing them in the air? I wore 'em on airplanes. It was the era of the miniskirt. Everybody wore miniskirts." But while we got a version of the Starfleet dress in J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek reboot, has the director done away with it completely for the sequel? That's what some are thinking after new pictures from behind the scenes appeared this week. Even though we totally saw a picture from the set of Star Trek 2 with Zoe Saldana in a dress (even though Abrams didn't want us to).

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When Nichelle Nichols Met Star Trek Fan Martin Luther King, Jr. [Video]

To Boldly Go

Not too long ago, we posted about Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on Star Trek, reading for the role of Spock before the show became the show that we know and love today. But after the first season of the show, she was getting ready to quit when she met a very famous Star Trek fan -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We don't have to tell you what happened, but we will let you hear her tell the really wonderful story of how the man we're celebrating today convinced her to stay on board the Enterprise. Previously in Star Trek

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There Is An Alternate Universe Where Nichelle Nichols Played Spock Instead of Uhura

To Boldly Go

Rod Roddenberry (son of Gene Roddenberry)'s documentary Trek Nation, which aired this Wednesday, was filmed in as a son's pursuit of discovering what made his father famous, after spending years resisting the Roddenberry legacy and the fandom that surrounds it. But, in the middle of a Huffington Post interview with participants in the documentary, there's something we've certainly never heard before in the statements of Nichelle Nichols. Namely, that she was asked to read for the part of Spock.

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In Defense of Geekery: Why Society Needs SF/F

Essay

I have recently discovered Star Talk Radio, a podcast by delightful astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I've been working my way through the archives, finding the show to be good company while I cook dinner. The other day, I listened to “A Conversation with Nichelle Nichols” (aka Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek). I knew from the title that I was going to dig it. What I did not expect was to find myself standing there, my halfway-constructed lasagna lying neglected before me, as the lovely Ms. Nichols brought me to tears. I was familiar with part of the story she was telling, but...well, allow me to share.

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