Tom Calen Tom Calen is the author of the bestselling horror series, The Pandemic Sequence (comprised of The Tilian Virus, The Tilian Effect and The Tilian Cure), as well as the science-fiction series, Scars of Tomorrow (comprised of Torrance and The Ignota). A New York City native, Tom holds a degree in English and spent several years toiling in the world of business before abandoning all reason and deciding to write full-time. He finds the worlds in his novels far less frightening than the corporate world. His books The Tilian Virus and The Tilian Effect both reached #1 on Amazon’s Bestselling Science-Fiction Series list, and both were the #1 Hot New Release in horror and science-fiction.From Castle Rock to Arakis, Middle Earth to Westeros, Tom eagerly devours as many science-fiction, fantasy, and horror novels as time allows. He credits George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, and Stephen King as the major influences on his style. Tom is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers, Inc. He is currently living in Nicaragua, where he is working on his seventh book.

Goodbye to Our Star Trek Future

by Tom Calen

Robotic limbs? Check. Cloned mammals? Check. Tablet devices? Check. Holographic touchscreens? Genetic engineering? Check. Nearly every gadget and doohickey in Star Trek? Check, check, check.

There’s no denying that real-life technology has made drastic surges forward over the last fifty years. Tech that was once only available in episodes of The Jetsons and Star Trek are now found in homes around the world. We carry it in our pockets (iPhones), on our wrists (smart watches), and on our faces (Google Glass). We use it to shop (credit cards, and now Apple Pay) and to go to war (stealth bombers and unmanned aerial drones). These technological advances have undoubtedly made our lives more convenient. But, as a writer who has recently dabbled in penning science fiction, I politely ask: Please STOP! You’re making my job more difficult.
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“Spock’s Brain” is widely believed to be the worst episode of the original Star Trek ever. One would think that a condensed version could only be better. One would be right.
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This toungue-in-cheek video is a greta way to punk Star Trek noobs…

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Friday YouTube: Star Trek / Odd Couple Mashup

What fans really wanna know, can two Star Fleet offciers share a starship…without driving each other crazy?

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Star Trek: Axanar

Here’s a treat for Star Trek fans…

The kickstarted film Star Trek: Axanar shows an early chapter in Federation history. The documentary style of this trailer, titled Prelude To Axanar, highlights the beginnings of the first peace between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. Star Trek Axanar stars Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Gary Graham and Kate Vernon.

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Oh My! It’s the Trailer for the George Takei Documentary “To Be Takei”

Here’s the trailer for To Be Takei, a documentary about Star Trek‘s George Takei and what led him to become a geek icon.

To Be Takei premieres August 22 in theaters and on iTunes.

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Judging by this video, it appears that Worf was completely useless.

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While much of the U.S. is experiencing a cold front (thanks, Canada!), the timing seemed right to hear Captain Picard *almost* sing “Let It Snow”….

Beyond the entertainment value of this, I am always amazed at the effort it must take to troll hours of footage to find the right words for the song. Nice job, James Covenant!

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In the TED Talks video, educator John McWhorter asks: Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi real languages? as he discusses conlangs (fantasy constructed languages).

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How “Star Trek Into Darkness” Should Have Ended

You don’t have to have seen Star Trek Into Darkness to enjoy this video, but if you haven’t, be warned that it spoils one of genre film’s worst-kept secrets.

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Captain Kirk Watches Miley Cyrus Perform

Pretty much does as advertised…
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BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz

REVIEW SUMMARY: A fun way to relive and remember the episodes of the original Star Trek series.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A collection of 80 retro-style Star Trek episode posters from Juan Ortiz, plus illustration notes and an interview with the artist.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Fantastic illustrations; 1960s retro style captures the era of the original series; variety keeps viewing experience interesting; illustrations more often than not reflect episode elements; illustration notes offer keen insight into the design process; just plain fun to look at.
CONS: Some illustrations seem to have no connection with the episodes, leaning more heavily on capturing the design style of the 60s.
BOTTOM LINE: A wonderful art book for Trek fans and art lovers.
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Cookie Monsters and Other Edible Literary Figures

Hi guys!  I’m new here and, while I will rarely ever write reviews,* I plan on putting pen to paper (figuratively speaking of course) to share all sorts of geeky and genre related goodies with you beginning today.  So, I thought I’d break the ice with some amazing cookie cutters based on a few of our favorite bookish fandoms.  Who doesn’t like cookies, right?**

Here goes nothin’…

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Nichelle Nichols on Filming The First Interracial Kiss On Television

Most Star Trek fans know that the original series episode “Plato’s Stepchildren” featured television’s first interracial kiss, between Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols).

Here is Nichelle Nichols telling the story of how it happened in her own words.

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Breaking Bad is yet another one of those shows that everyone recommends and I never have the time to watch. If I was watching it, I would have seen the bit where one of the characters is talking about his idea for a Star Trek that sounds like that pie-eating scene in Stand By Me…if it were directed by Paul Verhoeven.

Now someone has taken that audio snippet from the show and animated it. God, I loves the Internets…
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I’ve been watching Archer on Netflix, so this mashup between Archer and Star Trek is particularly timely.

Thanks, Eddie!

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Sit back and enjoy Howard Koch’s radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds as performed by various members of various Star Trek shows. This L.A. Theatre Works performance features John de Lancie (who also directed), Meagan Fay, Jerry Hardin, Gates McFadden, Leonard Nimoy, Daryl Dwight Schultz, Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, Tom Virtue, and Wil Wheaton.

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In episode 196 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester invites Daniel Haight and Stephen Haffner to talk about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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Friday YouTube: Every Time Spock Says “Fascinating”

Spock may use the word “fascinating” to indicate something that’s unexpected, but this video properly reflects the Merriam-Webster definition of the word: captivating…
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Star Trek in 90 Seconds (and 8-bits)

A short retro-game-style animation tailored for the short attention span of the Twitter generation. Or, just a cool video. You decide!
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