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Celebrating A Great Achievement By Gene, Majel

Oh, and a happy birthday to Rod Roddenberry, too!

It's funny ... the first time I had a chance to interact with Rod Roddenberry, probably 15 years ago now, I didn't even realize Gene Roddenberry had a son. It's not that I didn't know. I mean, I remember when Gene got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he introduced his son, and I remember this small blond kid joining his dad at his side, and I remembered being a little jealous because I thought that kid got to see all the Star Trek movies before the rest of us. But Rod was out there, and as the Internet was finding its footing, so was he. Back then, he had a site ca ...
 | Feb-5-2015 | 
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Orci Says Trek Films Finally Past Origins

5-year mission will now begin

If there is one thing new "Star Trek 3" director Roberto Orci is doing differently from his predecessor, J.J. Abrams, it's being a little more open on what fans can expect from the newest film. And it seems like finally, after two films, the crew of the rebooted USS Enterprise is past the origins stage, and will finally head into deep space. "In this movie, they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen," Orci recently told Geoff Boucher in his "Humans From Earth" podcast. "They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adven ...
 | Jun-28-2014 | 
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Star Trek May Not Be Ready For 50th Anniversary

Can the franchise live up to James Bond, Doctor Who?

The Brits have proven that when it comes to anniversaries, they know how to celebrate it. When James Bond turned 50 in 2012, the writing team of Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan knew how to celebrate Ian Fleming's creation with "Skyfall." This past year, "Doctor Who" did the same, bringing all 13 Doctors together to make sure that "Gallifrey falls no more." But what about Star Trek? It will turn 50 in 2016 -- now just two years away. And although Paramount Pictures is planning to release the third film in the rebooted universe at the time, one longtime writer and ...
 | Jan-13-2014 | 
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Remembering Those We Lost In 2013

All 31 people who sought out new frontiers remembered here

With so many hours of Star Trek available in both television and movie form, it's almost impossible to keep up with all the people who worked both in front of and behind the cameras for the franchise, and who deserves at least one last remembrance when they pass on. Sure, we get some of the big names, like Michael Ansara, and more recently, Joseph Ruskin. But what about Katherine Woodville? Buddy Garion? Or even Nicole DeFrancesco? Our researchers here at 1701News looked for those who may have been overlooked this past year, and are hoping you will take a moment to read a l ...
 | Jan-3-2014 | 
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Author Ann Crispin Succumbs To Cancer, 63

Posted a farewell note to fans earlier this week

She opened the door for Star Trek novels to appear on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and has dazzled readers for decades with her stories, characters and tie-ins. But on Friday, fans were forced to say their own farewell to Ann Crispin, who succumbed to cancer. She was 63. The announcement was made by Jim MacDonald, a moderator with Making Light. It had no details, just that she had died in the early morning hours of Sept. 6. However, the news hit the author and fan community hard -- even though Cr ...
 | Sep-6-2013 | 
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Another Original Klingon Passes, Michael Ansara, 91

Would play Kang in the original series, DS9 and 'Voyager'

Star Trek has lost yet another original Klingon with the passing of actor Michael Ansara on July 31 at the age of 91. Ansara, who played Kang in three different versions of Star Trek, had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ansara's career dates back to the 1940s when he had small roles in films like "Intrigue" and "Queen Esther." He would move into television in the 1950s, appearing in shows like "China Smith," "Terry and the Pirates," "Dangerous Assignment" and "The Lone Ranger." By the time he made it to "Star Trek" in ...
 | Aug-3-2013 | 
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7 Ways To Bring Star Trek Into 21st Century

The franchise is great, but things could be a little better

In the original "Star Trek," it was the chaos of small sounds we believed to be emanating from everywhere on the bridge. For "Star Trek: The Next Generation," it was the background rumble we would hear that would remind us that drama was unfolding onboard a large starship. Realism is part of the reason we've all fallen in love with Star Trek over the decades. And if there are efforts underway to bring Star Trek back, then what has become much more sophisticated audiences are going to demand even more realism than ever before. Star Trek can't lose sight of that if it wants ...
 | Jul-6-2013 | 
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Big Galileo Question: Restored Or Replica?

'Star Trek' prop, heading to Houston, is about 15 percent original

You buy a house, replace the roof, put up new siding, maybe even replace all the windows. But it's still the same house, right? That's the analogy Adam Schneider uses when talking about one of his most public "Star Trek" memorabilia buys of all time -- the purchase of the Shuttlecraft Galileo exterior prop from the 1960s television series. "It's a very complicated question," Schneider told 1701News as he readied the Galileo for its debut at Space Center Houston. "When I was born, I weighed 5 pounds and 2 ounces. I had 195 pounds added to my frame since then, but I'm still t ...
 | Jul-3-2013 | 
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Trekdom Celebrates Gay Marriage Supreme Court Ruling

George Takei, Zachary Quinto among those expressing pride

After months of waiting. the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down key provisions of two laws that had plagued gay civil rights proponents for many years. And the Star Trek community -- where there is infinite diversity in infinite combinations -- celebrated. "Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality," actor George Takei from the original "Star Trek" series told his followers on Facebook. "The 5-4 decision by our Supreme Court striking down DOMA affirms the universality of love -- the desire of all people not ...
 | Jun-26-2013 | 
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Settled: Star Trek Owners, Axanar Avoid Copyright Trial

Axanar admits to crossing 'boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law.'

Just days after a federal judge appeared to open the door for the release of financial records behind a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film, the studios that own the 50-year-old franchise and the people behind Star Trek: Axanar have settled. CBS Studios Inc. and Paramount Pictures, who sued Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters in December 2015 for copyright infringement, issued a joint statement early Friday to GeekNation saying the lawsuit was now over and that Axanar was admitting it "crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright ...
 | Jan-20-2017 | 
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