Tag Archives: Star Trek

Our favorite science fiction movies

The contributors to Contact-Infinite Futures talk about their favorite science fiction films. Timothy S. Johnston, writer of futuristic thrillers including The Furnace (2013), The Freezer (2014), and The Void (2015), says Planet of the Apes (1968), The Thing (1982), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) are his three favorite science fiction movies. “APES was […]

Redefining sexy with dwarves, demons and aliens

I’ve loved science fiction and fantasy my whole life. I saw the first STAR WARS in the 70s, played with the original Battlestar Galactica toys, wrote a fan letter to “Buck Rogers” Gil Gerard, and never missed a TWILIGHT ZONE or STAR TREK rerun. Some of my favorite movies were THE TIME MACHINE (1960), TIME […]

To boldly smooch where we haven’t smooched before

Speaking of sci-fi romance and anniversaries, we recently passed the 45th anniversary of the first scripted interracial kiss between a white man and a black woman on American television in the Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren.” The episode aired to U.S. audiences on November 22, 1968. The kiss between Uhura and Kirk wasn’t the first interracial […]

It’s all a bit silly… and that’s OK

Every single person reading this has a ridiculous skeleton somewhere in their closet. Whether it’s a complete collection of Batman Forever trading cards lovingly stored in plastic sleeves, an 8th-grade notebook of sincere but awful poetry that should be burned, or files of fanfic about you and Data. And Jayne Cobb. And Batman. At the […]

Documentary summer: SF/F, geeks and fandom

When I wasn’t attending steampunk conventions, working on novels or earning my platinum trophy in Skyrim, I spent my summertime watching documentaries about SF/F and fandom. Here are a few of my favorites. TREK NATION (2011) is Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry’s touching journey of discovery about Star Trek and his father, who died when Rod was […]

I’d better have seen Star Trek by now!

In case it wasn’t clear, I scheduled this post ahead of time, because I’m on a week-long cruise right now with my in-laws.  I’m also on a super crazy deadline, which means I need to spend at least half the cruise writing. Then again, most writers I know have a hard time turning it off […]

Top 10 favorite sci-fi moments

I’m not about to attempt a ranking of the best sci-fi moments of all time. If you want some of that, there’s Ultimate Top Ten Sci-Fi Moments, 20 Great “All Seems Lost” Moments in Sci-Fi/Fantasy or Classic Sci-fi Moments Recreated in Lego, among others. Or you could check out Top 10 Dumb Moments in Sci-Fi […]

Props, cosplay and sci-fi shamanism

I recently scored not one but TWO Cardassian kanar bottles on eBay for only $12. I’ve seen single bottles going for $50 or more if they’re labeled with the words “Star Trek,” even if they were never used as screen props in Deep Space Nine. Targeting Trekkies ups the bid war, I guess. Sort of […]

“Oh no, they’re all wearing beards!” …or travels in a parallel world

Beards are  evil. Especially goatees. That’s probably a fact you could take away from the original Star Trek series. That and Kirk breathed in a lot. Because of Star Trek’s influence, facial hair has become a trope for SF, signalling the divide between worlds. Apophis and Teal’C appear with the evil twin goatee in Stargate-SG1. […]

Sound can transport you. Really.

So, I was innocently waiting in the theater on the new Star Trek to start–way back in 2009–and the first glimmer of the movie starting? Not an image. Not a logo. Not jumping straight into an action sequence. It was a sound. Nothing but a sound. That little computer sound, a little beep-beep, was instantly […]