Podcasts – Star Trek – I listen to many podcasts and one of the recent programs I heard is “The Tech of Star Trek” on Tech Stuff. I think that it did a good job of covering some of the Tech in Star Trek and how practical it is given what we know today. Their synopsis:
From transporters to replicators, we take a look at the technology of Star Trek. How much of it is based on real technology and how much of it is just plain old magic?
If you are a Star Trek fan this might be a podcast you want to listen to.
Star Trek – This short (3:49) collection of clips from the various Star Trek TV shows and movies is a great tribute to the whole franchise as well as an incentive to keep exploring the universe. As my son said after seeing this “It makes me want to watch the various TV series and movies all over again”.
Trailers – This latest look at the new Star Trek: Discovery program that will air on the CBS All Access streaming service beginning September 24 certainly looks good. This series is set 10 years before the Star Fleet of Spock and Kirk. From this (2:39) clip there certainly seems to be a lot of action in store.
Is this one TV series enough reason to subscribe to yet another streaming service? only time will tell.
Star Trek – I posted the trailer back in May for the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series. CBS has now announced that the series will premier on Sunday September 24.
While the series will be available only on CBS All Access (a premium service at $5.99 per month, $9.99 if you want advertising-free viewing), the premier episode will be aired on the CBS broadcast channel. At least we will all get a glimpse of what the series will be like.
The new Star Trek series is set 10 years before the familiar Enterprise of Kirk and Spock. A 15 episode first season has been ordered with the episodes to be shown in split fall-spring runs.
Trailers – It has been a long time since Star Trek themed show has been on TV. It looks like the wait will be over soon as StarTrek:Discovery looks like it will be airing this fall. Unfortunately it will be on a paid channel.
This series is set about 10 years before the original Star Trek series I grew up with. From the trailer it looks to be well done and interesting. We will see when it finally airs.
If you like Science Fiction in general, or “Blade Runner” in particular, you might like this. Or maybe you just need some noise in the background as you work or sleep.
The link above gives a 12 hour . . . YES a 12 hour loop of sounds from Blade Runner. This is just one of the sound loops YouTube user Crysknife007 has created. If you visit his YouTube channel you will find several other lengthy sound recordings. I liked the 24 hour Star Trek TNG Ambient engine noise. But there is a Battlestar Galactica Ambient Engine sound recording too if that is more to your taste.
While this seemed to have been published almost a year ago, I just came across this fan made Star Trek video this morning. This isn’t the best video, but for one that is fan made I thought it was an excellent effort.
I have been a Star Trek fan since the series first debuted on TV in 1966. I came across this video and thought that it gave a good look at the ‘science’ of the Star Trek universe. It also touches upon the desire the fiction of Star Trek has instilled in many to make it possible to literally ‘go where no man has gone before’.
I look back at the 50 years that have passed since the series began and see how the series has continued to give us a look at the possible technology of the future. During that same time we have seen our real science evolve. The cell phones, tablet computers, 3D printers, and voice computer UI all had affiliated tech in the 1966 Star Trek episodes. There is even an on-going competition (the Tricorder X prize) to see who can develop a working “Tricorder” for medical
If you are interested in the Star Trek universe or in technology and the possibility of interstellar travel, this video will be of interest.
Book Reviews – “Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Christopher L. Bennett (https://christopherlbennett.wordpress.com). Mr. Bennett has written several Science Fiction short stories, novellas and novels.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. The story is set in the future in the world of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Most of the action occurs at the Department of Temporal Investigations repository. Various objects and technology that have been discovered which threaten the time line are stored there.
Raiders attack the facility with the intent on stealing time altering devices. Agent Gariff Lucsly is caught inside the facility, along with the Director, Laarin Andos. To thwart the raiders, they set off the “Time Lock”. This device gradually slows down time in the facility on a geometric progression. After a few hours have past within the facility, weeks of time has past on the outside.
This time gives the Federation time to come up with a plan to rescue Lucsly and Andos, and to capture the raiders. Not all goes as planned.
This was an interesting, but short read of only 3+ hours for the 88 page novella. The story had an interesting premise, but I had a hard time getting into it. It reminded me more of a Star Trek TV episode. The cover art was OK. Difficult to find an image that shows how time is affected. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.
My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).
We are still months (January 2017) away from this next voyage into the Star Trek Universe. Star Trek: Discovery sounds interesting but the above trailer does not reveal much. Sadly the series will only be available on the CBS All Access network. A $5.99 (with commercials) or $9.99 (without) monthly paid service.
I will be glad to see Star Trek back with new content once again. How many program concepts have created enough interest to spawn five different TV series (Star Trek, Star Trek the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and now Discovery), 13 movies and span 50 years?