Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kevin Dilmore shows Hallmark's new Trek ornaments —plus sneak peeks at the 2015s, AND his new book


Hey, it's that time of year again: Time to chat again with Trek novelist and Hallmark hangabout Kevin Dilmore...

Because it's THAT time of year again: Here's Hallmark's new Star Trek ornaments for 2014! And even 2015...

As usual, Kevin—my onetime Communicator magazine hire;ing—and I have way too much fun looking at all the new baubles and their subject matter, which find a way to get cooler and cooler each year. And what better backdrop than the raucous roar of Comic-Con #SDCC behind us?

What's more, hang on to the very end for a word about Kevin's latest Trek novel now out from Pocket Books with co-author Dayton Ward, whom I've caught at SDCC before as well. The new title is second in the Seekers series, Point of Divergence ... in stores now.

I'll give a prize if you can watch this and list off all 47 Star Trek riffs we took off on....!



BTW: Would you believe the gummy "RECORD" button on my HD cam? We actually did this entire bit once through before I realized it had not been captured—and thus our extra giddiness at diving back in for an even more brilliant chat.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brit-bound—Hello Destination: Star Trek London!

It's been 12 years in the making… but we're finally back in Londontown, U.K. 

And the third Destination: Star Trek show this weekend at the Excel Center is a big splash to have as a comeback event: 20 to 30 thousand hungry Brits—and all manner continentals. 

Including all those over-the-pond colleagues at the old Fact Files, and at Titan Magazines since 1996, that I've left so many IOUs for lifting a pint with over the years.  Can't wait to finally see them...

Not to mention the overdue meeting with so many great fans directly who have written to my Fistful of Data column and other writings in the official UK-turned-all Trek mag over that span.  Or those who have have found us via our Trekland CDs, podcast appearances, Star Trek Continues—and of course, the good ol' TNG Companion

What's more, we've arranged with Titan and Forbidden Planet stores to have 30 fresh in-country copies of Stellar Cartography on hand for sale and signing.

I can't wait to sample UK Fan opinions in our Trek forum format …and well, party in general. Sadly, the show is so massive, with so many guests, there's even more overlap conflict than Vegas/STLV … and yet, I know we'll get a lot of interaction. Sad to say, but I even hope sometime over the weekend I get a chance to actually catch up with some on-camera Treklanders that I missed in Vegas! 

We'll also have a "Dr. Trek" Crowdfunder party for "The Con of Wrath" Saturday night @ 11 pm-1 am…stay tuned.

Here's my own schedule—this is an update over even the titles and detail posted at the DST site.  I'm be at my table much of the rest of the time. Also, note I'm going to a judge at two of the quick costume contests as well:

—FRIDAY:

1430-1515:  Stage C: "Backstage at the NX-01": Q &A with Enterprise extra Jim Morehouse.

1900-2030: Stage A: Opening Ceremonies

—SATURDAY:

1345-14:30: Stage C: Costume Contest judging

1545-1630:  Stage C: "Trekland: Between the Cracks":  Yes, a it's a special Brit edition of our regular ribald traipsing through Trek headlines and my archives .

2300-0100: Crazy me! Doing a "Dr. Trek" crowdfunder meetup benefit for The Con of Wrath—site TBA but don't be surprised where it winds up...

—SUNDAY:

1400-1430: Stage C: Costume Contest judging

1645-1730:  Stage C: "The State of the Trek":  My fan forum, where I offer some food for thought and you offer fellow fans your opines and feedback.

I'm hanging on for an extra day to continue my overdue meet-ups.







Friday, September 26, 2014

Call in LIVE Sunday: We're on Question Reality radio


As this whirlwind summer dies down, this is a hoot:

Catch me live on an online radio show THIS Sunday night and call in... Priscilla Leona' s "Question Reality"—5-6 p.m. Pacific/ 8-9 p.m. Eastern on LA Talk Radio's Channel 1.


That includes YOU, you UK-ers getting ready for Destination: Star Trek London.

I love the feel of live radio, and call-in is so much more immediate than even chat rooms. You LISTEN at the LA Talk Radio Channel 1 site, but the number is (323) 203-0815 when calls are taken at the bottom of the hour—5:30-5:45 PT, and so on.

I ran into host Priscilla at the recent Burbank International Film Festival—where Star Trek Continues won for "Best New Media, Drama, Short"—and she practically grabbed me to come on her show. Being so close, I had to go over and do it live, of course.

Please listen in and razz me —we'll be talking about my projects, our recent Con of Wrath  shoot, Enterprise in Space, and of course the latest rumors in Trekland.

By the way, here's two recent podcast appearances of note: 

I was just on trek.fm's Commentary Trek Stars Ep. 99, during their Robert Wise career series, to talk about the fan intangibles around The Motion Picture—the stuff that does not survives on a disk or a box.  Max and Mke were their usual inquisitive and acquiescent selves!

Plus, I was just invited on an actual experimental podcast with visuals, Star Trek Greece, co-hosted by my friend Dimitri from our 2010 trip to Terraformers II in Sounion. It's a bit long, posyed on YouTube and simple on graphics—but those Greeks, they love to indulge. And list the sidebar links!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LA ALERT: This Friday FREE in Glendale: Celebrate "Mirror" past and present with Star Trek Continues and author Marc Cushman


And all of this is free, with lots of parking!:

For you SoCal Treklanders, here's a chance THIS FRIDAY NIGHT in Glendale for a big-screen viewing of both the original HUgo-niminated "Mirror, Mirror" and the Star Trek Continues' inspired follow-up, "Fairest of Them All," with a chunk of the STC cast on hand and hosted by author Marc Cushman.

The event is actually titled "Star Trek: Past, Present and Future" and has a Facebook page; it starts at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard in Glendale.  Marc will share notes on the TOS version from his "These Are The Voyages" book on Season 2, and then it's all capped off with a Q&A with STC cast and crew.

Unfortunately for my STC family feels, I will be in El-Paso for EP-Con—a wonderful opportunity to be with fans there and screen it—but  slated to be on hand in Glendale (check the poster (left)!) are Vic Mignogna, Todd Haberkorn, Chris Doohan, Kim Stinger, Michele Specht, Asia DeMarcos, Kipleigh Brown, and co-writer/director James Kerwin — plus guests stars past and present Bobby "The Gorn" Clark and Michael "Apollo" Forrest. And "more"….in surprise...

In case you didn't hear, this is my first chance to blog it and boast like a proud uncle: STC just won "Best Web Series" at the live-streamed Geekie Awards, and only last weekend took home the festival win in New Media—Drama at the Burbank International FIlm Festival after its World Theatrical Premiere…check it out here (at left)!  




Hello, El Paso: Trekland comes to EP-Con



Hey, a quick note to everyone in the Rio Grande Border Corner of Texas/ New Mexico! The birthplace of Gene Roddenberry!

Julian and the fine folks at EPCon in El Paso are having me back THIS weekend at this multi-genre extravaganza. It's my third time in El Paso in the last three years, and the second time at EPCon.

If you're in the region, would love to see you out at the Wyndham Airport Hotel: I'm the only Trek-related guest at all, and we need to represent! Here's what I've got planned:



I'll be at my table all three days, when I'm not at these away missions:

FRIDAY:

8:30 pm: A combo of our "Trekland: Between the Cracks" show of in-jokes and insight, and the State of the Trek franchise forum for fans to vent and opine.... plus some new headlines from my Trekland projects. 



SATURDAY:

Afternoon: Some kind of hosting mischief TBA... better watch out, casue it's a mystery to me, too!

9 p.m., film program: I'll be helping to close out the weekend with a BONUS big-screen screening and post-panel Q&A: audience choice of Star Trek Continues— episode 1, 2 or 3!

10:30 pm: Another edition of the Dr. Trek Show! Crowdfunding meetup to benefit The Con of Wrath documentary—prize trivia, rare Trek clips, doc sneak peeks, and two hours to wrangle tales out of me...


Hope all Treklanders in the Rio Grande/BIg Bend country can make it out. 





Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy 48th, Star Trek: How they sold it in '66


No— I was not there at 7:30 p.m. Central Time on Sept. 8, 1966, breathlessly awaiting the premiere of the most adult attempt at episodic, non-anthology science fiction ever on American TV.

I was just a kid, you know, and one who didn't control the TV —which was by a rotary knob...that got you to three networks and "NET". But I had heard vaguely about a show with a guy with pointed ears, and it sounded scary.  Far scarier than the Lost in Space robot that I loved to imitate on the playground at recess.

No, it took my ninth grade science teacher to "shame" me into watching Trek reruns, finally.

But it IS official Star Trek "Birth" Day today (even though, as I always point out, you can make a case for marking it from some date in 1964 related to "The Cage" as first pilot—a subject coming up in a big feature I just did for the next official Star Trek magazine from Titan, Issue 51.)

So, amid all the cool documents coming out for the 9-8-66 anniversary—I loved seeing this one, thanks to theinvisibleagent.wordpress.com—and I'll just celebrate with it.

Look below that for a little personal add-on:  the re-run of my first-ever Star Trek T-shirt, made with a Lincoln Enterprises iron-on scene!  






Friday, September 5, 2014

A map of distant galaxies? This puts it in perspective!

Whoa, and I remember when the "little blue dot" used to refer to EARTH.  Nope, here the blue dot is the entire MILKY WAY GALAXY. But this really puts all the quadrant rivalries into perspective!

(Though I hope you still find this little reference to be of help…)



By Ken Croswell at ScienceMag.org ...

If aliens ever abduct you to a galaxy far, far away, this map might help you find your way back home. Presented online today in Naturethe map spans more than 1.5 billion light-years, coloring the densest concentrations of observed galaxies red and areas with the fewest galaxies blue. 
Your home galaxy, the Milky Way, is the blue dot at the center. The red region above the Milky Way includes Virgo, the closest galaxy cluster, about 55 million light-years from Earth. The orange curve illustrates the key finding of the new work: It encircles galaxies that would fall toward one another along the curved white lines if space weren't expanding; the astronomers have named this huge assemblage Laniakea, after Hawaiian words for "spacious heaven." It is 100 quadrillion times as massive as the sun—equivalent to 100,000 Milky Ways—and stretches across more than half a billion light-years of space. 
… more...



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Niners take note: New 'On Speaker' CD #3 is now out!




The Vegas Trek sneak-peek debut is over—and Volume 3 of "Trekland: On Speaker" is here for good!

As our buds at trekmovie.com have noted, this is the archival series that shares my long-stored, long-form audio interviews with Trek creators from back in the day—fresh from the work, and remastered from old analog cassette tape to digital files.

And as a bookend to last year's edition marking 20 years since the
TNG finale, for 2014's debut at Vegas Khhaaann we are celebrating in like fashion the 15th anniversary of "What You Leave Behind," the two-hour final chapter of DS9.

For "What They Left Behind" you get an hour and 18 minutes of revealing conversations from back in 1999-2000 with writer-producer Ron D. Moore, visual FX producer Dan Curry and supervisor Gary Hutzel, and some 25 minutes with show runner Ira Steven Behr—with not a shallow sound bite in sight. Plus, as an actual CD in jewel case, you get my three-panel liner notes, photos and context, along with my brief audio intros to the album and each guest. 

I'll even sign it for you! 

On my website, you can get yours—or check out the two-fer special if you get the new issue and Vol. 2 as well: the  similar disc celebrating  "All Good Things…," TNG's glorious ending.  (At the moment, Vol. 1 —"Future Voices, Passed"—is not available in hard copy, but will soon be downloadable; stay tuned.)

Once again, hats off to buddy Chris Jones at trek.fm/Stellar Debris for both his graphics on the case liner design and for the audio remastering project (and for the nice shout-out on "The Ready Room" news). And kudos to QBT Media in Monrovia, all the CDs I now have in stock are professionally printed and pressed. Many thanks also to everyone at Vegas Khhaaan who snapped one up, including everyone on the LA2Vegas Trek Tour who took me up on my special just for them!