[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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
"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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
Shatner, Fillion, Nichols, Tennant, Gaiman, & More Set For BBC America’s Real History of Science Fiction
Things We Saw Today
To Boldly Go
Things We Saw Today
Almost Totally Excellent
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.)
- We Added Uhura to our Logo Lineup!
- How Martin Luther King, Jr. Saved Star Trek
- Nichelle Nichols Almost Played Spock?
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).Read More
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.Read More