You've surely heard of Capt. James T. Kirk. But have you ever heard of Jon Thomas Korie?
If you haven't, you might soon.
David Gerrold, the famed writer of the legendary "Star Trek" episode "Trouble With Tribbles," is raising money to bring his Star Wolf novel series to television in a pilot crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter.
"I still have a lot of stories I wanna tell," Gerrold says in the video introducing the "Star Wolf" project on Kickstarter. "But I want to move beyond [the books]. I want to do it for television. I want to film it, or 'digitally' it. I want to make this movie, this series, this show. It's gonna happen."
Gerrold started the Star Wolf novel series in 1990 with "Voyage of the Star Wolf." It continued with "The Middle of Nowhere" in 1995, and later, "Blood & Fire." That book, actually, is a rewrite of a story Gerrold had planned for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in its early years, which ended up being shelved -- likely because of its controversial themes at the time depicting homosexuality and the AIDS crisis.
Gerrold had always intended to have "Star Wolf" made into a series, even as he was publishing the first book more than 20 years ago. But getting any television series off the ground is difficult, especially one set in space that requires a sizable special effects budget (and the large audience to help pay for it).
The story focuses on Korie, the captain of a new starship called the LS-1187, but is quickly bumped down to second-in-command when Capt. Lowell takes over for his last mission. However, Lowell makes a big mistake which ignites war, badly damaging the ship, and killing him in the process. Korie then has to rebuild the ship and its crew as he tries to bring everyone home safely -- even as a war brews just beyond its bulkheads.
"This is a story of the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances," the campaign site says. "It's about the strength of human beings in an impossible situation. It's about war and revenge, hope and triumph. It's about us."
The campaign has a lofty goal -- raise $650,000. Although the project, to date, has drawn more than 450 backers, they have pledged an average of $91, and so far the campaign has sputtered to just under $42,000.
Gerrold is joined by longtime Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana, and both were instrumental in helping form "The Next Generation" and turn it into a full-fledged series.
Donors are being offered some interesting incentives. Pledging as little as $30 earns a magnetic bumper sticker for the project. However, donate $10,000, and you can be one of two people who die a gory death in the show -- a walk-on cameo. And you get to keep your costume, too.
For more information, check out the official Kickstarter campaign by clicking here. Please note, however, that crowdfunding is not an investment. Even if the project reaches its goal and you pay in money, there is no guarantee that the project will ever be completed, and there is nothing requiring producers to refund any money raised. Also, pledging money is a pure donation, which means you will not see any financial returns for the money you give.