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Grace Lee Whitney Dies At 85

Actress played Yeoman Janice Rand in ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Janice Rand on the original “Star Trek” series, has died. She was 85. Whitney died of natural causes Friday at her home in Coarsegold, California, according to her son Jonathan Dweck. Appearing in eight “Star Trek” episodes, Whitney would reprise her role in the franchise films “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” She also returned as Rand in the 1996 “Star Trek: Voyager” episode “Flashback.” Rand initially served as a roma …
 | May-4-2015 | 
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Nimoy Served As Hero To Millions Of Dreamers

Actor brought remarkable dimension to Spock role

It has been over a month now since Leonard Nimoy passed to the Great Beyond, and it’s still difficult to accept that Spock is gone. In the days and weeks that passed, it became apparent that it was not only Star Trek fans and those who worked on the show who mourned his passing, but veritably the whole world. And with good reason. Nimoy was the first — and still perhaps the only — actor to become a sex symbol for playing an alien. That the alien he played had pointed ears, pale skin and green blood made that phenomenon even more unlikely — except to those who watched the or …
 | Apr-15-2015 | 
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‘The City On The Edge Of Forever’ Entices Again

Graphic novel creates something new from something classic

The classic Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” remains one of the most iconic episodes when fans recollect their list of favorites. There are many reasons why: greater insight into the nature of Spock and Kirk’s relationship, the appearance of one of Joan Collins’ earliest television roles and that legendary science-fiction author Harlan Ellison wrote the original script. However, what Ellison originally wrote was not exactly what was broadcast. IDW Publishing has rectified this oversight by reproducing the teleplay as it was originally intended in an incredi …
 | Mar-18-2015 | 
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‘Star Trek’ Meets ‘Planet Of The Apes’ In Enjoyable Comic

IDW, BOOM! Studios team for ‘The Primate Directive’

This is a mash-up that has to be seen to be believed. And enjoyed. A collaboration between IDW and BOOM! Studios, “Star Trek – Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive” is a return to classic “The Original Series” adventuring with a twist as the crew of the Enterprise visit the alternate Earth of the Planet of the Apes. Without giving too much away, the USS Enterprise is called upon to investigate Klingon clandestine activities that may threaten the Organian Peace Treaty. What they discover sets them up for one of the strangest sci-fi mash-ups conceived.  Oddly enough …
 | Jan-13-2015 | 
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Photonovels Recapture ‘Star Trek’ Magic

Comic artist John Byrne creates new original series stories

Remember the “Star Trek: The Original Series” photonovels from the late 70s? Originally published by Bantam Books (in conjunction with Mandala Productions), they were a collection of paperbacks that retailed for about $5 and graced drugstore book racks and spinners across North America. They were essentially photographs of the original series, organized and summarized into a comic structure, complete with speech balloons and text boxes. They were great. If you grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, you probably remember seeing them. In fact, pre-VCR technology, this was a great way to …
 | Dec-8-2014 | 
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Jerome Bixby Stories Spotlighted In New Book

‘Mirror, Mirror’ collection features magazine tales that inspired ‘Star Trek’ episodes

Stories used by writer Jerome Bixby to create two “Star Trek: The Original Series” episodes are featured in a new book compiling his science fiction work. Titled “Mirror, Mirror: Classic SF by the Famed Star Trek and Fantastic Voyage Writer,” the book from Digital Parchment Services includes the never-before-reprinted novelettes “One-Way Street,” “Mirror, Mirror” and “Cargo to Callisto.” Bixby molded the first two novelettes into a script for his famous 1967 Season 2 episode “Mirror, Mirror” — which went on to earn a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation — and the last f …
 | Dec-2-2014 | 
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Star Trek Actors Come Together For ‘War Of The Worlds’

Event will benefit Sci-Fest LA in a one-night performance

Through their Star Trek characters, they have battled their own wars of the worlds. But for the first time, they will take on the original. Series regulars from all five of the Star Trek television series are getting together for a one-night only performance of Orson Welles’ iconic 1938 radio drama, “War of the Worlds,” on Jan. 17. The broadcast would earn a place in history for inciting a scare among many listeners who thought a Martian attack was real, and not just a recreation of the popular H.G. Wells novel. And now it will have a chance to raise money for Sci-Fest LA: …
 | Dec-1-2014 | 
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‘Star Trek: Attack Wing’ Offers Engaging Gaming Challenge

Test your mettle as a starship commander in Gene Roddenberry’s universe

Tell the truth: Haven’t you dreamed of commanding a starship? Does the thought of maneuvering a Constitution-class heavy cruiser into combat against the enemies of the Federation make you want to quiver like a tribble with a stomach full of quadrotriticale? If so, then you need to check this game out and prepare to shout “engage” in an English accent after every die roll. “Star Trek: Attack Wing” is a combined effort from two great gaming companies: WizKids, known for its incredible miniature models in the superhero game “Heroclix”; and Fantasy Flight Games, which created the …
 | Nov-3-2014 | 
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