BY Holiday Black
on Nov 03, 2015
As sci-fi geeks and unknowing civilians world over are aware, Star Trek has left a seismic cultural imprint. I thought that this cult classic was a thing of the past, an awesome heirloom available for nostalgia-induced Netflix streaming.
Not so fast! CBS Studios announced yesterday that a new season will be released in January of 2017. The series will feature new characters and new far-out civilizations, and as always will explore explosive contemporary themes. In the past, Star Trek has been credited with provoking thoughtful discussion about race, gender, and the environment. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Feb 24, 2015
A Dutch nonprofit called the Mars One Project announced in 2013 that they were accepting applications for a one-way ticket to—wait for it—Mars. Over 200,000 people jumped at the opportunity, putting together their audition tapes and answering questions. Many of them were surely under the impression they wouldn’t make it through the first couple of rounds.
Now there is a small pool of just one hundred applicants, and Sonia Van Meter is one of them. Read More
BY Ada Guzman
on Jan 16, 2015
Great news, trekkies: Voyager celebrates its 20th anniversary today! January 16th of 1995 marked the first episode of this intrepid series. This is especially exciting as it also marks the anniversary of the appearance of Star Trek’s first female captain and star of Voyager, Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew.
Star Trek has had female captains before Janeway, but she was the only woman to serve as the lead character in a series. She later went on to become a Starfleet Admiral. Read More
BY Rebecca Peterson
on Sep 22, 2014
Last week, New York Magazine published a near-comprehensive list, “The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-Fi History.” As author Devon Maloney mentions, science fiction has always been a relatively safe space to explore outlandish ideas like alternative gender roles or anti-racism. So cheers to that!
We’ve pulled some of our favorites, but check out the original article for enough femspiration to get you through the rest of the work week. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Mar 31, 2014
At 2013’s Denver Comic Con, a young lady dared to ask a very important question of Wil Wheaton, star of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory: “When you were a kid, were you called a nerd, and if so, how did you deal with it? And his answer was perfect.
Without an ounce of condescension, he addressed to difficult topic with grace and compassion. Read More
BY Christian Detres
on May 15, 2013
I never really connected with Star Trek as a kid. I grew up with a Luke Skywalker action figure firmly gripped in one chubby hand and Darth Vader hectoring him from the other. The schism between the two sci-fi camps, Wars vs Trek, has been joked about forever. For me, the dashing heroism, the witty (to an eight-year-old) banter and sense of adventure in the Star Wars films made the stilted pseudo-science committee-meeting blather of Trek seem like a roomful of nerds being nerdy just waiting for their next wedgie. I didn't want to grow up to be Kirk. Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on Mar 12, 2012
Now, I’m no Trekker – I was raised on Star Wars – but I do love me some George Takei. Whether he’s sassily taking on basketball player Tim Hardaway’s homophobic comments or brokering Star Peace and ridiculing Twilight, he’s proven himself over and over again to be a (fabulous) man among men.
And he has done it yet again, posting a video of his “happy dance” in celebration of over $158,000 raised for Allegiance, his star-studded, Broadway-bound musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Read More