Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Results 1 - 10 of about 7,960 for "i'd like to thank the academy".

Back in 2000, the regulars at David Henderson's Psi Phi Star Trek Books Board voted on the first annual Star Trek books awards. You can see the full list of awards at There's a surprising little item there that I missed when the awards were first announced. My dirty little secret is that I'm way behind in reading Star Trek books now, so I didn't vote and consequently didn't look at the results for a couple of days. So I was surprised by the appearance of Psi Phi Awards 2003 - Award for Outstanding Achievements in Trek Book Fandom. And more surprised to see that this year's awards organizers, Steve Mollmann and Michael Schuster, had named me as the first recipient of this new award, complete with award speech by Ian McLean. Thank you very much, gentlemen.

A look at the nominations page for the awards shows just what a wide variety of choices voters had to make this year. In the best novel category, there were nominees in nine different series. And some of the ones I did actually read, like the Deep Space Nine and Lost Era books, were darn good. There have been good and bad times in Star Trek publishing in the past. I think we're in one of the better ones, as far as fiction is concerned.

Nonfiction, however, is another story. Pocket has almost completely given up on nonfiction, for the simple reason that the books they've done in recent years aren't selling well enough to justify the cost of producing them. Other publishers, meanwhile, are still pretty much staying away, years after Viacom went after Citadel and Sam Ramer for copyright violation in The Joy of Trek. Here's hoping the nonfiction books make a comeback soon.

(Now playing: the Only Ones, "City of Fun," The Big Sleep)

Monday, March 29, 2004

Another day, another Star Trek-related book

Just got my copy of Wil Wheaton's book Dancing Barefoot from It's a short book, 115 pages of large print. From everything I've read, Wil Wheaton is a darn fine guy, but whichever O'Reilly employee priced this at $21.95 Canadian was reaching. Anyway, there's four little life stories in the first 25 or so pages, and the rest is a selection of memories of Star Trek experiences. Looks like fun.

Also in the Amazon package: the DVD of Second Coming. It's written and executive produced by Russell T. Davies and stars Christopher Eccleston. Davies will be producing and writing the new Doctor Who series, and Eccleston will be the new Doctor, so it's hard not to think of this as something of a sneak preview.

(Now playing: Coil, "Theme from Blue II: The Hills Are Alive," Unnatural History 2)

Friday, March 26, 2004

Meanwhile, over at the website...

I've uploaded some slightly updated pages. There's a lot more work to be done, incorporating info provided by Jason Odom and Ian McLean, so stay tuned.

Obscurity of the month:

Well, I can't guarantee an obscurity every month, but this is the sort of thing the Complete Starfleet Library is for: a paperback reprint of a master's thesis on Star Trek. It's available through Amazon, so it isn't totally obscure, and it's not really new, either, but you probably won't see it in your local bookstore. See the site for more information (you'll have to scroll down a little).

Also, inspired by the coming Gold Key Star Trek comic reprints from Checker, I've punched up the entries on the old 1970s reprint editions, with cover scans and back cover blurbs. Check the 1976 and 1977 pages (and scroll down).

(Now playing: Ute Lemper, "Gesetzt den Fall," Berlin Cabaret Songs)

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Well, so far so good. Our top stories today...

Everybody knows about the Checker reprints of the old Gold Key comics, right? The more recent news, as reported in various places online, is the Trek manga coming from Tokyopop. Anime on DVD News Archive reports that "TOKYOPOP will be teaming up with a Japanese publisher to release an original manga anthology based on the Star Trek franchise (Next Gen continuity)," attributing the info to a Tokyopop employee. I have some Tokyopop Cowboy Bebop books, so I'm intrigued as to what they might be able to do with Trek.

(Now playing: Glenn Branca, "Third Movement," Symphony No. 5 (Describing Planes of an Expanding Hypersphere))