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USS Enterprise Earns New Dock At Smithsonian

Milestones of Flight exhibit to feature iconic model from the original series

“Star Trek’s” original filming model of the USS Enterprise will join the Milestones of Flight exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Currently displayed at the museum store, the starship will make its move in time for the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek,” which premiered on NBC in September 1966. It’s the first time the museum will include science fiction in the exhibit. The model’s relocation is part of the museum’s extensive two-year renovation funded by Boeing, which recently donated $30 million to upgrade exhibits and education pr …
 | Apr-9-2014 | 
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William Shatner Set For Florida Convention

Leonard Nimoy, Alice Eve, John de Lancie also participate

William Shatner, “Star Trek’s” legendary first captain, will headline Away Mission, a Florida sci-fi convention also featuring such franchise alumni as Leonard Nimoy, Alice Eve and John de Lancie. With an array of stars, artists and authors, Away Mission will run April 11-13 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Fla. Event organizers plan an intimate atmosphere where fans can mingle with stars and enjoy such convention activities as autograph and photo opportunities, panel discussions, auctions, special events for children and more. “We may look like geeks in r …
 | Mar-26-2014 | 
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IDW Adapts Classic Harlan Ellison Script

Unaltered ‘Star Trek’ teleplay of ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ to become IDW comic

Harlan Ellison’s classic “Star Trek” episode “City on the Edge of Forever” will receive a comic adaption presenting his original, unaltered teleplay. IDW Publishing is launching the all-new, five-part miniseries in June, with Ellison joining the project as a guide for its writers, brothers Scott and David Tipton. Readers will find Ellison’s intended story very different from the televised version. “Presenting Harlan Ellison’s brilliant original script for ‘City on the Edge’ has been a goal of ours since IDW first began publishing Star Trek comics in 2007,” said Chris R …
 | Mar-7-2014 | 
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Star Trek: Film Vs. Television

Franchise should warp back to the small screen

In my December column “’Star Trek 3’ Holiday Wish List,” I spoke about several improvements the sequel’s screenwriters could make. But one nagging reality overshadowed my list from the beginning — Star Trek’s true home is television. Small screen entertainment has enjoyed significant strides in recent years. Many series on cable are particularly impressive. Even special effects on television can produce remarkable results. Star Trek was good long before this television renaissance, but it’s ha …
 | Jan-29-2014 | 
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‘Star Trek,’ Shatner Helped Inspire Generations

A look back at the foundation of a sci-fi sensation

Star Trek is one of the most famous fictional universes ever created. Not only has it influenced virtually every piece of mainstream science fiction since its debut in 1966, it’s helped inspire three generations worth of fans to become doctors, engineers, lawyers, scientists, ships captains — the list goes on.    It also has made its owners untold millions of dollars and its cast into household names. Star Trek has even added to the lexicon, with “Beam me up Scotty,” “engage,” “warp drive” and “phasers” being just a short sampling of how the show changed the way people talk. Wh …
 | Jan-13-2014 | 
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Joseph Ruskin Dies At 89

‘The Gamesters of Triskelion’ actor made several Star Trek appearances

Joseph Ruskin, who starred as the villain Galt in the “Star Trek” episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” has died. He was 89. Ruskin died Dec. 28 from natural causes at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Calif. Appearing in 25 films and numerous television shows, Ruskin returned to the Star Trek franchise several times, including playing a Klingon in the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” episodes “The House of Quark” and “Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places,” a Cardassian in the “Deep Space Nine” episode “Improbable Cause,” a Vulcan in the “Star Trek: Voyager” episode ” …
 | Jan-1-2014 | 
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Get In Tune With Vulcan Harp iPad App

Shiverware’s new software simulates traditional, 23rd century tones

Musicians dreaming of mastering a Vulcan harp can now rival Mr. Spock’s expertise thanks to a new iPad app. Featuring a replica of the unique musical instrument that first appeared on “Star Trek: The Original Series,” the new iOS app produces a wide range of sounds, including traditional to 23rd century harp tones. Shiverware, which specializes in interactive software development, developed the app and licensed it through CBS Interactive Inc. “What sets this app apart from the other musical apps we’ve built is the application’s pure beauty and fan following,” said Brett …
 | Dec-6-2013 | 
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Star Trek’s Color Addiction Reflects Future

Why the franchise’s rainbow palette may live on (sorry red shirts)

When Star Trek first hit the airwaves in 1967, one could not help but notice the show’s expansive use of color. The sets, costumes and lighting all used bright, vibrant colors whenever possible. Of course the main reason for this was to get people who had just bought new high-tech color televisions to tune in, yet even in this regard, “Star Trek” was on the money. More modern, “realistic” depictions of space tend to show spaceships bathed in primarily white metal. Everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Alien,” “Sunshine” and “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” all have shi …
 | Aug-24-2013 | 
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Ohio Man’s Mancave Turned Into Starship Bridge

J.R. Brooks is in command of his own USS Bainbridge

It’s doubtful that Capt. Kirk watched a lot of movies from the bridge of the USS Enterprise. But then again, he didn’t have J.R. Brooks as his designer. Brooks turned his basement in his Bainbridge, Ohio, home into what he considers the bridge of his own starship. And it’s great to watch movies — especially those from the Star Trek universe. He began the work in 2008, according to the Coshocton Tribune, converting what was once a concrete storage room. He added lights, sounds effects and more to recreate his own space-filled experience. “I usually have four or f …
 | May-19-2013 | 
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