On this day in 1966, Star Trek (now known as The Original Series, but back then it was just Star Trek, because who woulda thought, you know?) first aired on American television. I didn't come along until thirteen years later, and didn't start watching Star Trek until about eight years after that. But once I sat down to watch "The Trouble With Tribbles," I was hooked for life.Read More
Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, had a very specific vision of the future. By the time Star Trek: The Next Generation rolled around, he insisted on a story mandate: the conflict can never be between our main characters, because in Starfleet, petty squabbles are a thing of the past. Which is weird, because on the Original Series, Spock and McCoy were all about petty squabbles, and Scotty would punch you in the face if you trash talked about the Enterprise.Read More
"The Math of Khan," a presentation at the National Museum of Mathematics, examined some of Star Trek's most pressing mathematical questions, such as "Are red shirts more likely to die than other crew members?"Read More
An examination of Spock’s Vulcanness as a metaphor for modern masculinity.Read More
With pundits acting like Donald Trump's rise is a brand new phenomenon, let's look back to a Star Trek episode that demystifies it and reveals him for exactly what he is: a childish bully.Read More
Obama Maintains Geek Cred While Talking Star Trek, Despite Not Knowing How Many Original Series Eps There Are
I love our geek President so, so much. Glimmers of his love for Star Trek have popped up throughout his administration. This time, WIRED Magazine asks President Obama about why he thinks Star Trek has endured, and he answers in the video after the jump.Read More
In case you hadn't already noticed from the celebrations all over the internet today, it's Star Trek's 50th Anniversary! Here's how to show your Star Trek pride while you're on Facebook today.Read More
Artisans at the the Smithsonian have restored the model of the USS Enterprise that was used in all 79 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. It's an incredibly satisfying watch.Read More
Welcome, to the World of Tomorrow!
Can we study all future science through fiction about the future? Because I hear that we mastered eugenics in the '90s, maybe we could use that genetics knowledge to eradicate some cancers, etc.Read More
To bodly go where no bling has gone before.
Independent jewelry designers RockLove have just premiered some amazing licensed Star Trek items! Take a look!Read More
Which series fares best? Hint: It's WAY cool.
A little over a year ago, with the help of a few other Trekkies I met through Tumblr, I took on a huge but super-fun project: running each and every live-action Star Trek episode—from The Original Series through Enterprise—through the Bechdel Test.Read More
Monday: Robin Williams. Yesterday evening: Lauren Bacall. Yesterday night: Arlene Martel, best known to Trekkers as T'Pring from The Original Series. Seriously, can this stop now? I'm starting to get worried about Patrick Stewart and/or Ian McKellen.Read More
Captain's log: Checked in on NASA's quaint "space station."
Being the quintessential Starfleet Captain has its perks, including NASA addressing you as such and updating you on missions, apparently. Good to know the space program is keeping ol' Kirk in the loop.Read More
Green Girl Gets a Voice: the True Life Story of the Actress, Director, and Pilot Behind Star Trek’s Slave Girl
It's not easy being green.
Go to a Star Trek convention today and you're sure to find at least a couple of fans dressed up like an Orion slave girl; that first "green girl" started it all. Serious Trek fans will know the Orion "animal woman" is only one incarnation of the character Vina, and she's played by Susan Oliver, an actress who is the subject of a new documentary directed by George Pappy, edited by Amy Glickman Brown.Read More
"Ma'am" will do in a pinch, but they prefer "captain."
Walking the floor at Star Trek: Las Vegas, the world's largest Star Trek convention, you can see the tradition of active female Trek fans is alive and well. This year's "Women in Trek Fandom" panel, hosted by Mary Czerwinski of DVD Geeks and Glue Guns and Phasers, was a chance to reflect on how far we've come and what still needs to happen to achieve equality in fandom, as well as in terms of on-screen representations and behind-the-camera roles.Read More