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You Can Be A Red Shirt In Star Trek

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Personally I’ve always wanted to wear Captain Kirk’s gold shirt of command, but like any good Trekkie I’ll take just about any opportunity to hang out on the bridge of the Enterprise, even if it means I end up as a quickly killed red shirt. For one lucky person, that dream could become a reality.

IDW Publishing and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are offering the cover of an upcoming Star Trek comic as a prize, in their new contest. The winner will be drawn as a red shirt crewman on the cover, and as red shirts so often do, be quickly killed off in the pages of the comic.

Want to enter? Here’s how you do it:

To enter the “Be A Redshirt” contest, fans must e-mail their explanation in 300 words or less about why their retailer is the best to IDW at with the subject: Save My Retailer. The winning fan and their retailer will be depicted on a limited-edition variant cover of STAR TREK. This special cover will be limited to only 300 copies: 100 each to the winning fan and their retailer, plus 100 to CBLDF to help them continue the important and challenging work of defending retailers everywhere. The winning fan will also receive the original art, by the Sharp Brothers.


Infographic Illustrates How Close Star Trek Is To Becoming Reality

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Science fiction has long predicted future innovations, in some cases it even inspires them. Star Trek has been a bigger influencer on modern technology than most. For instance, it’s no accident that flip phones look so much like the handheld communicators Captain Kirk and the crew used in the original series.

So how far away are we from making all of Star Trek’s sci-fi dreams come true>? When do we get our own replicators? How long until i can start packing a phaser? Here’s the answer in the form of a new infographic from Sortable


Feed Your Baby With Star Trek

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One of the most exciting things about becoming a parent was knowing that I had a really good excuse to purchase the toys and merchandise tied in with my favorite sci-fi shows and movies again. Although, inexplicably, the Darth Tater I bought for my oldest son’s first Christmas (he was seven days old) somehow ended up on the shelf behind my husband’s desk at work. The one bummer about the merchandising thing was that there was precious little sci-fi gear available for children younger than toddlers.

Well the geniuses at Think Geek have once again stepped in to fill the breach with this adorable little set…


After 45 Years It’s Time Women Embraced Star Trek, Starting With These 5 Episodes

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45-years ago today, the very first episode of Star Trek aired on television. By now it’s an institution, an icon, an indelible part of our culture. And yet… odds are you still have a hard time getting the women in your life to sit down and watch it with you. There’s a good chance that your girlfriend, wife, sister, friend, or significant female other has never even seen an episode, and if she’s seen any of the movies it’s probably only the one with the whales. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who’s managed to snatch up one of those infinitely cool chicks who get it, but there’s no denying that a rather large percentage of the people who show up to Trek conventions are generally unaccompanied dudes.

The thing is, many women have simply never watched it at all, or those who have, often find themselves roped into watching the wrong episodes. “Space Seed” is pretty cool for the whole Wrath of Khan connection, but as a standalone episode, to someone who’s pretty skeptical about the Star Trek thing to begin with, it’s kind of an epic bore. Voyager with all its over-reliance on technobabble is almost impenetrable to a non-fan and Enterprise as a prequel, is kind of pointless without everything that went before it. The key to getting your woman hooked on Trek with you, is in introducing her to the show the right way, with the right episodes.

Tired of watching Star Trek alone? Wish your wife would stop recording over your favorite episodes with hair-cutting reality shows? I’m here to help. The best way to nudge the woman in your life off Twilight and on to something substantive like Trek, is to first show her that Star Trek isn’t all lasers and transporters, to show her that it’s actually about a lot of the things she already loves.

To do that, try out these five Trek episodes on your Trek-skeptical, female significant other, and I guarantee she’ll be hooked.

Doomed Romance in Star Trek’s The City on the Edge of Forever

If I know anything at all about women, it’s that they’re complete suckers for romance. Don’t try and deny it, I’ve seen the box office numbers for those awful Twilight movies. When it comes to romance, you can’t beat “The City on the Edge of Forever”. It involves time travel, which might seem like an instant girl turnoff, but it’s really more about Captain Kirk meeting his one true love who, in a very Shakespeare like twist, he’s doomed to watch die… even though he could have saved her. It’s a gut-wrenching episode, written by a sci-fi master, and most of all it’s dripping with gooey, romantic, emotional stuff.

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Missing 3-Nippled Alien Hookers: Put The Sex Back In Sci-Fi!

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jcScience fiction hasn’t always been the nerdy endeavor of slick computer effects, transforming robots, and wise-cracking space ship captains. Just a couple of decades ago it had grit, it had style, it had tits. That’s the sci-fi I grew up loving, a world of imagination where men made out with apes, where alien lizards tortured women in the nude, and where green skin meant three tits and non-stop horniness.

Sex seeped into science fiction early. In 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs published the first in his John Carter of Mars series, featuring a powerful, sculpted alien princess with a disdain for the trappings of clothes. In the 30s sex and nudity in sci-fi continued and by 1960 it was soaked in it. All through the 60s, 70s, and 80s sci-fi paperbacks came emblazoned with men holding guns next to scantily clad, occasionally naked, pin-up girls. Outer space was a place where astronauts got laid and women cast off the sexually repressed mores of society to take control both of their lives and their libido. Writers like Robert A. Heinlein used their powers to write not just about new gadgets, but about a hopeful cultural shift which freed mankind from all of our hang-ups pushing us into a place where we all finally grew up and felt free to get busy. Once upon a time science fiction foretold not only a time where man mastered technological achievements beyond imagination, but also finally broke free of the cultural shackles of shame to build perfect societies of toned bodies and absent nudity taboos.

That carried over into sci-fi on television and on film too. In the 60s, every week Star Trek’s costume designers competed against themselves to come up with even more deceptively skimpy outfits to show off the female bodies of their guest stars while script writers worked on new reasons for Captain Kirk to rip off his shirt. Around the same time, Barbarella pranced on screen, teasing us with bikinis and laser guns. The late 70s and early 80s brought us movies like Total Recall and Alien, in which Sigourney Weaver, even in the midst of fighting acid-spitting assholes from space, finds time to strip down and show off her barely there underwear. In the 80s it seemed like we were really going somewhere, a place where maybe geeks might even start getting laid. Nerds subscribed to lusty sci-fi publications like Heavy Metal, full of depictions of female skin which were, even more fantastic than the stories they put them in.


William Shatner Wants To Rule Canada

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shatnerIf The Terminator can run California, then why not give Captain Kirk Canada? Especially when he seems willing. Come on, it can’t possibly be any worse than the crappy job done by normal politicians. At least he has experience pretending to be a leader of men.

According to Stuff, William Shatner says he’s planning to make his bid to be Canada’s new Prime Minister. Says the Shat: “My intention is to be Prime Minister of Canada, not Governor General, which is mainly a ceremonial position.”

Apparently that was a response to a letter from a fan, urging him to become Governor General. But only supreme authority works for the Shat. He says, “As Prime Minister I can lead Canada into even greater exploits.” Assuming of course, that he’s not just joking.