Saying goodbye to Nichelle in L.A.? Say hello to some real-life Trek locales too

UPDATE: Just added an added day, and combo pricing, for MONDAY, May 4— after Nichelle’s celebration. Are you one of the 2,000-some headed to Hollywood May 1-3 for a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Nichelle Nichols Farewell Celebration? Well, here’s some bonus fun! Because so many Trekfans may be in Los Angeles for the first time that weekend, I decided to offer …

Are you Who-ing in L.A. this weekend? Come do some side Trekking with me!

Yes, Gallifrey One (its 31st edition!) is perhaps the world’s best Who Con, but Shaun Lyon always invites me and Trek alike to be a part— and this year, several of the Trek onscreen family really are on hand to round things out. In fact, I have but one panel at noon Saturday— Trekking the Next Frontier — but it’s …

Hey, it’s the DeForest Kelley Centennial — De is 100, but there’s no stamp

Happy birthday, Jackson DeForest Kelley ! Treklanders of any tenure know that I call out De’s birthday every year—he’s my guy in Trek, among the icons. But lo and behold, 2020 marks De’s 100th birthday. A century! His centennial! And while there’s no postage stamp, or no historical marker anywhere — either in Hollywood, or in Georgia — there is …

Voyager at 25: The first Trek I saw in the birthing room, and it still affects me

Happy birthday, Voyager! Twenty-five years ago this week, (25 ?!?!) the “third spin-off series” of Trek debuted on Jan. 16, leading off the opening night of rookie new network UPN itself… and this very-90s billboard proclaimed it across the street from Paramount Studios (“TV” and “Pictures” back then, thankyouverymuch—as God intended). So glad I thought to snap it at the …

Going meta with Dorothy: why her passing leaves us so gobsmacked

You can’t talk about her obviously classic, huge contribution to all things Spock and Vulcans — creating Sarek and Amanda, too! — without putting Dorothy Fontana in the Top 3 or 4 or 5, at most, of who Made Star Trek What It Is Today. She died Dec. 3 after I mean, if Ron Moore became TNG‘s “Klingon guy” and …

Visit your Trek outdoor memories *live* with LA Away Days Sept. 14 & 15

We’re back with another shot at your real-life away mission — on a budget! There’s nothing like living your Trek memories of those iconic Hollywood locations first-hand. I always love seeing the joy of Trek fans when they come to L.A. and experience the unmistakable sight of their favorite Starfleet adventures, live and in person, for the very first time. …

Happy birthday, Gene — and Jonathan: What karma the way their paths crossed

It’s come that time of year again — not unlike mid-March — when Trekland enjoys a double whammy celebration— otherwise known as August 19. That’s the birthday of not only The Great Bird of the Galaxy, Gene Roddenberry … but also that of, increasingly, another major player in creating fresh Treks— Jonathan Frakes! Gene would have been 98 today — …

Trek Vegas #STLV gets bigger and funner —and here’s my deets, finally!

Whoosh! The big one in Trekland is back. Here’s a table of my own events — with a special off-grid shoutout to the T-Treks and Portal 47 special “Info-Dive” meetup on Saturday! I have my Trekland table and new swag!  I’ll be at the Roddenberry Podcasts booth with new swag!  I’ll be on with fellow RPNers … and on main …

I host “The Cage” 1964’s director—and other huge Treks at Comic-Con!

UPDATED with signing added for Robert Butler and I! WHAT a huge year this will be at San Diego Comic-Con for Trek, the largest ever— coming up July 17-21. We’ve come so far since the big modern catch-up for Trek at SDCC in 2016 with the 50th, Discovery‘s first peeks and Beyond‘s outdoor, live-orchestra’d world premiere. And this year I’m …

BookAuthority: “Star Trek: Stellar Cartography” a Top 12 book for 2019!

I must say I was pretty proud to get this news just today—in the cartography division. Thank you, BookAuthority.com! Although the first edition of Stellar Cartography was released in 2013 and the new UPDATED version with dozens of additions (and a few fixes!) came out last fall, I’m delighted that so many Trek fans, astronomy buffs, and fantasy map fanatics …

Happy 25th, “All Good Things!”: Here’s how OKC pre-covered the TNG finale

Almost overshadowed in the hoopla over the new Picard trailer May 23 was the reason for its timing: the 25th anniversary, in turn, of the finale of TNG, the Hugo-award-winning “All Good Things.” Which is where I always remind fans that May 23, as with all the syndicated, off-network TNG and DS9 episodes, was not a uniform premiere date— but …

LAlert: SciFi Sunday—Our Disco view party & The Improvised Generation too!

I know, I know—you have to be in the Los Angeles area for this. But just for the record: This weekend marks the next —and next-to-last— “SciFi Sunday” at ImproStudio, our master sponsor for this free viewing of the prior two Discovery episodes on a wall-sized “screen”  (and snackfests) at 9:45 pm every other Sunday at the Los Feliz improv …

WHO is human Isis?: 50-year mystery is over, thanks to “The Trek Files”

All it took was finding that one piece of paper. 50 years later. Finally, mystery solved: Who WAS Isis the cat in human form, from “Assignment: Earth”? Look, maybe you’re not a “podcast person.” But you should be! The best thing about my weekly podcast The Trek Files from Roddenberry Podcast Network is that, aside from just adding to the …

Going going gone! Old Portal 47 rate ends midnight Sunday—and this bonus

UPDATE: This may sound like last month’s news …. but it truly goes away at midnight Sunday Jan. 6, public Treklanders. Happy new year! (from prior post) Most of fall, why not gift a membership, or jump in yourself,  to Portal 47—your mini-con all year long no matter where you center seat is (where no savvy fan has gone before …