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TECHNOLOGY: Print Your Food

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I love to eat.  I even like cooking, although I don't do enough of it because it can be time consuming, and you have to clean and do dishes afterwards.  I've always been impressed by Star Trek's dining hall where Kirk and Spock punch in any type of food they want into a computer and a tray immediately slides out with the meal of their choice. 

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A Possible Justification and Moral Underpining for the Trek Reboot

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I don't talk about Trek much, for the same reason I don't really talk about Romper Room much. It's not that I have any ill will towards it, I certainly don't hate it, and it's not like I'm unaware of what's going on - indeed, it's hard not to be: Trek has deliberately positioned itself as the 500-pound-gorilla in the room for twenty years now, frequently beligerently. This cult-like mentality is a bit disappointing in a show that claims to be about free thought and diversity, but it's not like I'm intimidated by it or fearful of it.

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Why is Trek’s chronology so sloppy?

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Despite the nattering apologetics of the fans, Trek's near-future chronology has always been very inconsistent. TOS says that the Eugenics Wars happened from about 1992 to 1996, and expressly identifies them with World War III. Later, this was divided into two separate instances, with the Eugenics wars stuck in the '90s, and WWIII relegated to some nebulous 21st century date.

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BLUEPRINTS: Star Trek: “Excelsior”

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As we talked about last time, there’s a lot of fanfic blueprints out there, some of them painstakingly accurate, some painfully inaccurate, some of ships that never existed in any franchise, and those that take a lot of liberties with the subject matter. The interesting thing about the ‘liberty-taking’ ones is that sometimes they represent an improvement over the source material.

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Star Trek Spinoffs

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Thus far there have been five Star Trek spinoffs, four of which were essentially the same show with a new cast and modified sets, only one really departed from the format, and while it was the one with the most critical regard (Presumably based on being a ripoff of Babylon 5), Deep Space 9 was considered "Disappointing" to the fans. The Franchise never drifted far from the fold thereafter.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: Jarmo Puskala talks to us about "Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning" and "Iron Sky"

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Jarmo Interview

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. today we’ve got a huge treat for any fans of fan films: We’re talking with Jarmo Puskala, the co-writer of the first truly epic Fan Film, “Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning.” Jarmo, thank you very much for taking the time to be here today.

JARMO:
Thank you. Being Finnish I'm not quite sure what to say to such compliments :D I'm happy you enjoyed the film, for us that's the big idea behind making movies.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: "Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning"

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Ok, let's start the new year off right, shall we? As regular readers of this site will recall, I've long bemoaned the fact that there are no Babylon 5 Fan Films. I can't quite understand why, since it's such a ripe territory to mine, and there's no end of dangling threads from the various failed spinoffs. Alas, none. Well, actually, there *is* one partial exception, and that is the deservedly famous "Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning," a high quality feature-length comedy fan film released in 2005.

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SCRIPT REVIEW: “Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever,“ Part II: The Original Teleplay (1995)

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Yesterday we reviewed Harlan Ellison’s awkwardly titled 1995 tome, “Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Screenplay that Became the Classic Star Trek Episode, With an Expanded Introductory Essay by Harlan Ellison.” There were essentially *two* issues going on in that book - on the one hand we had the struggle between the Artist par excellence, and The Man Who Would Be God; and then you also had this script thing tossed in there.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay That Became The Classic Star Trek Episode

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Harlan Ellison is my hero. I just love the guy.

I’ve got no real illusions about that, mind you: I doubt he’d like me, I doubt it would take five minutes for me to run afoul of his famous rages, easily half the things the man has ever said piss me off, and I don’t even like a lot of his fiction all that much - but - my hero he remains.

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