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Happy First Contact Day!

Happy First Contact Day!

From all of us here at TrekNews.net, we’d like to wish you a happy First Contact Day.

Today, we honor the future flight of Dr. Zefram Cochrane, who in the Star Trek universe, will brake the warp barrier on April 5, 2063. That achievement will prompt the Vulcans to make first contact with the human race.

Just 49 years to go!

Below is a clip from Star Trek: First Contact, where Dr. Cochrane makes the fateful flight.


CLIPPY

Yesterday, William Shatner tweeted a photo of his “first contact” with Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher.

Photos: Paramount Pictures and Twitter

John Scalzi’s ‘Redshirts’ Coming To TV

John Scalzi’s 'Redshirts' Coming To TV

Redshirts, the 2012 sci-fi comedy novel written by JohnScalzi, is headed to the basic cable and satellite TV channel FX.

According to a report over at Deadline, producer Jon Shestack (Dan In Real Life) and producer-director Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and his partner Alexandra Beattie have been tasked with developing a limited series based on the book.

Set in the 25th century, Redshirts follows the adventures of five new recruits on the Starship Intrepid who come to realize that the ship’s crewmembers are dying at an alarming rate. Their investigation leads to the mind-bending discovery that a science fiction television show, produced in the early 21st century, has somehow “intruded” upon their reality and “warped” it. In other words, the lives of the crew are following the course of a television narrative over which they have no control.


THEWALL

“Redshirts is a madcap, hyper-meta tale,” Shestack told Deadline. “If Jorge Luis Borges had been a staff writer on the original Star Trek, he would no doubt have concocted a story like Redshirts.” Kwapis added.


THESHINING

‘Boldly Slice’ With The New Enterprise-D Pizza Cutter

Boldly Slice With The New Enterprise-D Pizza Cutter

Following in the footsteps of the original and incredibly popular Enterprise Pizza Cutter, ThinkGeek has unveiled an Enterprise-D version for fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The pizza cutter weighs in at 12 ounces and features a stainless steel blade and a solid, zinc-alloy, chromium-plated body. Measuring 7 inches long and 4.25 inches wide, the USS Enterprise-D Pizza Cutter is available now and is priced at $29.99.

ThinkGeek's Enterprise-D Pizza Cutter

ThinkGeek’s Enterprise-D Pizza Cutter

To purchase and for additional information, visit ThinkGeek.

George Takei Unveils New Unisex Perfume, ‘Eau My’

WATCH: George Takei Talks "To Be Takei"

Star Trek’s original Hikaru Sulu, George Takei has unveiled a new unisex fragrance which bears his signature phrase, “Eau My.”

The 1.7-oz cologne spray, available for preorder on Amazon, is described as “A Clean, Refreshing Fragrance for Men and Women” and will begin shipping in-time for the holidays, on December 15th.

George Takei's 'Eau My'

George Takei’s ‘Eau My’

Product description:

Set Phasers to Stunning. George Takei’s Eau My is a clean, refreshing fragrance for Men and Women. Subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger. Sensual woods, crystalized amber, soft skin musk, and vetiver will delight you when dry.

via @GeorgeTakei

WATCH: “Eat, Fry, Love” a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale By William Shatner

WATCH: "Eat, Fry, Love" a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale By William Shatner

William Shatner along with the folks at All Hands Fire and State Farm Insurance have released a video to explain the danger associated with frying turkeys.

Entitled “Eat, Fry, Love”, the video features the former Captain Kirk as he ignores the recommended precautions associated with safely frying a turkey.

Shatner warns “it’s a great taste, but you’ve got to be safe.”

Official description:

“Eat, Fry, Love” is presented by William Shatner and State Farm. It is a turkey fryer cautionary tale with excellent video of the dangers associated with using turkey fryers. It shows how fire can rapidly intensify, spread, destroy and cause serious injury. Enjoy this video, learn from it and stay safe.

Check out the video below.


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WATCH: New Xbox One Commercial Features Zachary Quinto As Spock

WATCH: New Xbox One Commercial Features Zachary Quinto As Spock

On Friday, Microsoft unveiled an all-new commercial to promote the upcoming release of the Xbox One, featuring Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto. The advertisement, dubbed “Xbox One: Invitation,” was directed by Bryan Buckley and also features Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard.

The commercial, which nods to Titanfall, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Dead Rising 3 in addition to Star Trek Into Darkness, is the first of Microsoft’s Xbox One global media campaign, scheduled to begin this weekend.

Check it out below.

Microsoft’s Xbox One is scheduled to be released on November 22.

Celebrating 47 Years of Star Trek

Celebrating Star Trek's 47th Anniversary

Today we celebrate the 47th anniversary of Star Trek, as the series’ first episode, “The Man Trap” aired on September 8, 1966.

Gene Roddenberry’s “wagon train to the stars” made virtually unknown actors at the time, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig, into household names across the United States and around the world.

In the years since the first episode aired, we’ve seen the franchise evolve and effect the lives of so many. Star Trek has changed the way many of us create, use and interact with technology. It has spurred exploration on land, in our oceans and towards the final frontier of space. The franchise has changed the way many of us interact with other races and those with beliefs different than our own. Star Trek has shown us that while mankind may not be perfect, we can–and should–strive to be better than we were yesterday.

Below is a brief summary of some of the most important moments in the history of Star Trek, throughout the last 47 years. We welcome you to leave your own Star Trek memories in the comments section below.

September 8, 1966: The first episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap” premiered on NBC.

June 3, 1969: The final original episode of Star Trek airs on NBC. The show was cancelled because of low ratings.

January 1972: The first Star Trek convention is held in New York City.

September 8, 1973: Star Trek: The Animated Series premiers.

May 15, 1975: Star Trek wins an Emmy Award for The Animated Seres.

1976: After a fan-driven letter writing campaign, President Gerald Ford names the first space shuttle Enterprise.

December 7, 1979: Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiers.

June 4, 1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is released.

June 1, 1984: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is released.

November 26, 1986: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is released.

September 28, 1987: Star Trek: The Next Generation debuts in syndication. The show would continue for seven seasons.

June 9, 1989: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is released.

October 24, 1991: Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry dies at the age of 70.

December 6, 1991: Star Trek: VI: The Undiscovered Country is released. This would be the final film to feature the entire original starring cast.

January 1993: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuts.

May 23, 1994: After seven seasons, the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, airs.

November 18, 1994: Star Trek: Generations is released.

January 16, 1995: Star Trek: Voyager debuts on the UPN television network.

November 22, 1996: Star Trek: First Contact is released.

January 1998: Star Trek: The Experience opens in Las Vegas.

December 11, 1998: Star Trek: Insurrection is released.

June 11, 1999: DeForest Kelley dies at the age of 79.

June 1999: After seven seasons, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine airs it’s final episode, “What We Leave Behind.”

May 23, 2001: The final episode of Star Trek: Voyager airs on UPN.

September 26, 2001: Star Trek: Enterprise debuts on UPN.

December 13, 2002: Star Trek: Nemesis is released to theaters.

May 13, 2005: UPN cancels Star Trek: Enterprise after four seasons.

July 20, 2005: James Doohan dies at the age of 85.

September 2008: Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas closes.

May 8, 2009: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is released in theaters.

May 16, 2013: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness is released in theaters.

Watch Gene Roddenberry’s message to Star Trek fans below.

Details On TrekNews.Net & Trekcast’s 2013 SPOCKSTAR PARTY In Las Vegas

Details On TrekNews.Net & Trekcast's SPOCKSTAR PARTY 2013 At STLV

Heading to this year’s Las Vegas Star Trek Convention? Well, listen up!

In celebration of the largest Star Trek convention in the world, TrekNews.net and Trekcast are happy to announce the 2013 Spockstar Party!

This year’s event will take place on Friday, August 9th from 8-10pm at the Masquerade Bar inside the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

We are thrilled to announce ThinkGeek and T-Shirt Bordello as out latinum-level sponsors, who will provide a variety of Star Trek-themed prizes. Attendees are encouraged to wear uniforms and costumes, as a special Star Trek prize pack will be given away to the most creative fan.

While the event is free and open to everyone (21+), we encourage you to RSVP on the Facebook event page, if you plan to attend.

We’ll see you there!

WHAT: TrekNews.net & Trekcast’s Spockstar Party
WHEN: Friday, August 9, 2013, 8-10PM
WHERE: Masquerade Bar (inside the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino)
WHO: You

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Prizes from ThinkGeek

Prizes from ThinkGeek

Prizes from T-Shirt Bordello

Prizes from T-Shirt Bordello

Spockstar Party 2013 presented by Treknews.net & Trekcast

Spockstar Party 2013 presented by Treknews.net & Trekcast

Photos from our 2011 party:

Spockstar Party

Spockstar Party

Spockstar Party

Spockstar Party

WATCH: Rod Roddenberry Shows Off Rare Star Trek Memorabilia

WATCH: Rod Roddenberry Shows Off Rare Star Trek Memorabilia

Host of Yahoo OMG!’s Yo Show, Michael Yo recently toured the headquarters of Roddenberry Entertainment. During his visit, Yo was shown some rare memorabilia by Rod Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

Check out the video below for a peek at the original IDIC symbol worn by Leonard Nimoy, a collection of dilithium crystals, Gene and Majel Roddenberry’s first flip phones and a replica of Captain Kirk’s Enterprise command chair.

A special edition version of Rod’s Trek Nation documentary was recently released on DVD.

via @MichaelYo

Qapla’! Bing Adds Klingon Language Translator

Qapla'! Bing Adds Klingon Language Translator

Arriving just in time for this week’s theatrical release of Star Trek Into Darkness, the Klingon language — occasionally referred to as “Klingonese” — has made its way to Bing’s online translator.

In partnership with CBS and Paramount, Bing allows users to translate multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Russian to Klingon.

According to a story on Mashable, Bing worked with Dr. Marc Okrand, the man responsible for developing the Klingon language for Star Trek.

Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist at Bing, discussed the process of bringing the language to the translator.

Although the new film is coming out soon, this is an idea we were kicking around for awhile,

Star Trek has always looked at the future of technology and it is the most widely spoken constructed language, even though only a handful of people are actually fluent.

Klingon has been widely publicized, discussed and practiced, first written about by Marc Okrand in 1984′s The Klingon Dictionary.

Wallaert went on to discuss the history of the language.

Although there have been dictionary efforts with Klingon, there hasn’t been a true translation service with full grammatical structure until now,

He also talked about the challenges and the unique patterns of the language.

This is a geeky thing for us to do, but it’s also a fun challenge of our own teams to enhance translations and work with a language with a distinctive pattern.

So, grab your bat’leth, tip back a tall glass of bloodwine and give it a try at bing.com/translator.

Qapla’!

Happy First Contact Day!

Happy First Contact Day!

From all of us here at TrekNews.net, we’d like to wish you a great First Contact Day.

Today, we honor the future flight of Dr. Zefram Cochrane, who in the Star Trek universe, will brake the warp barrier on April 5, 2063. That achievement will prompt the Vulcans to make first contact with the human race.

Just fifty years to go!

Below is a clip from Star Trek: First Contact, where Dr. Cochrane makes the fateful flight.

Photo: Paramount Pictures

WATCH: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Cast Goes To ‘The Next Generation’ On Thursday’s Episode

WATCH: 'Big Bang Theory' Cast Goes To The Next Generation

On Thursday’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, entitled “The Bakersfield Expedition,” Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj attend the Bakersfield Comic-Con dressed as characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

While the guys are at the con, Penny, Bernadette and Amy venture to the comic book shop.

This isn’t the first time Star Trek has shown it’s impact on the CBS hit comedy. Former TNG stars LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner and Wil Wheaton have all appeared in previous episodes. Last season, Leonard Nimoy lent his voice to an episode.

Big Bang Theory Goes Star Trek: The Next Generation

Big Bang Theory Goes Star Trek: The Next Generation

Big Bang Theory Goes Star Trek: The Next Generation

Check out a preview of Thursday’s episode “The Bakersfield Expedition” below.

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays on CBS at 8/7c.

Photos: CBS