Saturday, 29 May 2010

Movie Adaptation #4 preview

Comics Continuum have posted a six-page preview of the fourth issue of the movie adaptation comic (which makes the new Enterprise design look pretty good!). Here's one page:
You can see the rest, here. Or, on David Messina's blog, which has the first five pages pre-colouring.

Search For Spock soundtrack!

Following on from the release of the expanded The Wrath of Khan soundtrack Screen Archives Entertainment and Film Score Monthly will be releasing a new edition of the The Search For Spock soundtrack. The two-disc edition will feature the full score on disc one, and a newly refined version of the original soundtrack release (which features slightly different versions of some tracks).The soundtrack will be released in June, full details, here.

Ships of the Line ringship preview

Doug Drexler has posted a (rather shiny) preview from the 2011 Ships of the Line calendar on his blog. Mark Rademaker's completed: "Enterprise XCV – The Great Experiment":

The original post also includes a description of the ship from Mike Okuda!

Haynes previews

The official Star Trek facebook page has uploaded a few (awesome) images from the forthcoming Hayne's Enterprise Manual:

IDW August

ComicNewsi have posted IDW's solicitations for August, which includes two Star Trek comics and a rather large omnibus:

Star Trek Movie Adaptation #6
The official comics adaptation of the blockbuster film STAR TREK comes to an epic conclusion in this mini-series presented by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman! Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise fight to save Earth from Vulcan's fate! Brought to you by the creative team behind the best-selling STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN, this series includes scenes not included in the original film!Burden of Knowledge #3
When the Enterprise arrives too late to save another starship in distress, all evidence of guilt points to a shocking source: a fellow Federation member! Can Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock prevent all-out war with the Tellarites? From the creative team behind SPOCK: REFLECTIONS!

Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series
Blast off with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise on fantastic voyages through exciting worlds in this collection of Original Series era Star Trek comics. Collects Star Trek series Year Four, Enterprise Experiment, Klingons: Blood Will Tell, and The Original Series Alien Spotlights.

QUOGs got big

LTL Prints have announced a new addition to the Star Trek QUOGs range; a selection of stickers which will be "available in a range of customer-selected sizes (from laptop-sized up to seven feet tall!), are self-adhesive and will stick to almost anything (walls, windows, even ceilings!), and can be removed and re-hung 100 times without leaving a mark or damaging surfaces.

Prices start at $14.95 for laptop-sized graphics (NEW!), to LTL PRINTS' signature 7 foot tall 'larger-than-lifesize' premium wall graphics, for $149.95."

Here are a few of LTL's mockups:You can see the full range in their online store, here.

A little detail on the Starfleet Academy series

A recent CBS press release has given a brief synopsis of the new Starfleet Academy young adult series: "Set in 2250, six months after James Kirk joined Starfleet Academy, this young adult series will delve into the lives and relationships of Kirk and the other recruits at the Academy including their training, their missions and their romances."

The rest of the release makes note of other new formats coming soon in the Trek world (the Haynes manual, Star Trek 365, etc). The full report can be found, here on Trekweb.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Another page from Mr Woodward

J.K. Woodward has posted another page from Captain's Log: Jellico. Looks like this:
And you can see it pre-colours too, on the original blog post.

Latest from Round 2

The Round 2 blog has been updated with announcements of forthcoming model kit re-releases. These include:

1:1400 scale USS Enterprise-D, featuring new aztecing decals, and modelled in clear plastic so modellers can add lighting.1:537 scale USS Reliant, with modifications to the molds to make it more accurate, and the option to buy separate new aztecing decals.
1:350 scale Klingon Bird-of-Prey, with new landing gear parts!

STO updates

The latest Star Trek Online special task force mission has been released, here's how Cryptic describes it:

Our latest Special Task Force mission, "Undine Terradome," presents all new challenges and introduces a new menace to Admiral-ranked players.

It all starts simply enough: You're tasked with investigating a strange energy signature, but things quickly take a turn for the dangerous when you uncover an Undine terradome! As you investigate its exterior, you'll happen upon a Federation ship captained by none other than Akira Sulu, Admiral Quinn's stalwart officemate back on Earth Space Dock. Something seems off about him, though ....

Once you've sufficiently pacified the space surrounding the terradome, you'll beam down to its decks and discover some familiar surroundings: Inside, it looks very similar to DS9. The Undine are planning to invade Federation space!

As you make your way through the Undine DS9, you'll rescue captured Federation officers, eventually moving to the bowels of the terradome to engage the Undine mastermind behind the invasion plan. Can you prevent the invasion from occurring? Play "Special Task Force: Undine Terradome" to find out!

Cryptic have also announced their plans for future updates, these include a bunch of little updates in the near future, and plans for "season 2" (coming before the end of July) including:
-Federation Diplomatic Corps
-Faction-free episodes
-Klingon-exclusive episodes
-Bumping the cap
-Ship interiors
-Weekly content, with new missions coming on a regular basis.

Full details, here.

Hallmark 2010 ornaments

Toy News International have posted listings for Hallmark's 2010 range of Keepsake Christmas tree ornaments, which this year includes three Star Trek items:

The new movie USS Enterprise, with light features.

A diorama featuring Kirk and Spock from Amok Time, with a music feature.

And a figure of James Kirk, the first in a series, Star Trek Legends.

Latest Star Trek Magazine

TrekMovie posted previews of the latest Star Trek Magazine, out now in the US and soon in the UK, which this issue focuses on Star Trek movies. Here are a couple of page samples:You can read extracts from the issue at the original report, here.

Allyn Gibson provided a listing of some of the issues contributors on his blog:
-Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Larry Nemecek
-Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan — David R. George III
-Star Trek III: The Search for Spock — Jill Sherwin
-Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home — Andy Mangels
-Star Trek V: The Final Frontier — David A. McIntee
-Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country — Greg Cox
-Star Trek Generations — Allyn Gibson
-Star Trek First Contact — William Leisner
-Star Trek Insurrection — Paula Block & Terry Erdmann
-Star Trek Nemesis — Scott Pearson
-Star Trek (2009) — Chris Bennett
Plus Kevin Dilmore & Dayton Ward, and Howard Weinstein on the movie-era comics, an article by David McIntee on the movie-era Klingons, and an interview with David Warner. Gibson also posted an extract from a draft of her own article.

Paths of Disharmony blurb

The Simon and Schuster website has been updated with a new blurb for The Typhon Pact novel Paths of Disharmony:

On a diplomatic mission to the planet Andor, Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E bear witness to the rank devastation resulting from the Borg invasion. With the reproductive issues that have long plagued the Andorian people reaching crisis level, avenues of research that at first held great promise have proven largely unhelpful, and may well indeed be worsening the problem.

Despite the Federation's seeming inability to provide assistance and growing doubt over its commitment to a staunch, longtime ally, Andorian scientists now offer renewed hope for a solution. However, many segments of Andorian society are protesting this controversial new approach, and more radical sects are beginning to make their displeasure known by any means available. In response, President Nanietta Bacco has sent the Enterprise crew and a team of diplomats and scientists to Andor to convene a summit, in the hope of demonstrating that the Federation's pledge to helping Andor is sincere.

But the Typhon Pact is watching, and their interests may very well lead the Andorian people down an even more treacherous path. . . .

They also have an updated version of the Zero Sum Game blurb.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Frontier Doctor #4 page

John Byrne has posted the first page from the fourth and final issue in the Frontier Doctor series. Looks like this:

Starfleet Academy Untitled #2, now with title!

The second of the young adult Starfleet Academy novels out this year, written by Rick Barba, has now been given a working title in Simon and Schuster’s digital catalogue: The Delta Anomaly

Although another anomaly seems to have formed, as the catalogue no longer lists Starfleet Academy Untitled #1!

UPDATE: What was formaly Starfleet Academy Untitled #1, by Rudy Josephs, seems to have become the second book in the series, as Simon and Schuster's main website now lists it for release in January 2011, and a working title of The Competitive Edge.

Thanks to Michael, the reader who pointed out the second title to me in the comment below!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Captain's Log: Jellico and Pike updates!

Keith R.A. DeCandido has posted some remarks on his Jellico Captain's Log issue; it will take place before Chain of Command, featuring Jellico's command of the USS Cairo, and "will please both people who think that Jellico was a pretty darned good captain and the ones who think he's a flaming asshole".

And it looks like Gordon Purcell is out of the picture for Captain's Log, as J.K. Woodward is doing both the Jellico and Pike issues! Between his blog and facebook he's posted several pages from both. Here's a couple from Jellico:And a cover and page from the Pike issue:You can see a lot more (of this incredible work!) on facebook and these blog posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, which also shed some light on the processes Woodward used to create them.

Thanks to Unreality SF's Jens Deffner for pointing me towards much of this!

Frontier Doctor: Error preview

TrekMovie have posted a five-page preview for next week's second issue of the Frontier Doctor series, titled "Error". Here's one page:See the rest, here.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Captain's Logs

TrekMovie have announced the final selection of captains for IDW's Captain's Log series. They are:

-Pike (September), by Stuart Moore, with art by J. K. Woodward.
-Jellico (October/November), by Keith R. A. DeCandido, art by Gordon Purcell.
-Garrett (November/December) by Robert Greenberger, art by George Freeman

A nice mix of creators and captains I think (especially another Pike story), although disappointing to see we're still not getting a Titan comic! And notable that J.K. Woodward seems to have switched, from his previously announced work with KRAD on the Jellico issue to doing the Pike issue.

UPDATE: KRAD has commented on this very blog-post, and elsewhere, that TrekMovie have been misinformed and his Jellico issue is still being illustrated by J.K. Woodward. With the obvious assumption being that Gordon Purcell gets the Pike issue. Robert Greenberger has also noted on his blog that his Enterprise-C crew is derived from the novel Well of Souls, which gives me continuity pleasure.

UPDATE 2: Woodward is doing both the Pike and Jellico issues, see more, here.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Cover extravaganza

New covers, loads of them!

From David Mack's blog, is this new and final cover for Zero Sum Game:From the Simon and Schuster digital catalogue is this for Out of the Cacoon:From Joe Corroney's facebook page is this cover for Burden of Knowledge issue 3 (Andorians, yay!):And from are a whole bunch of new Cross Cult covers:UPDATE: Higher res version of the Stitch in Time cover on Cross Cult's facebook.

Thanks to my regular informant Jens Deffner (of Unreality SF) for the German cover tip.

Catastrophe: A new TOS novel!

Michael Schuster has announced on the TrekBBS that he and Steve Mollmann will be writing a new TOS novel for release in 2011. A Choice of Catastrophes will focus on McCoy as well as featuring the other regulars and a selection of new and familiar minor characters. The book will also feature "a strange new alien race, a survey mission gone awry, a dangerous space phenomenon, doctors, nurses, Scottish curses, [and] a specific number of Enterprise shuttles"

Star Trek Online updates

Cryptic have announced the details of their latest update "Season One Update One" which has been available for a few days. New features include a difficulty slider, allowing players to set the game to be more challenging, and an accompanying damage system for the harder levels of play. The game also adds auto-fire and new weapons. Plus new items in the C-store, the Dervish class variant, Maelstrom class:

And Pakleds as a playable species:

Cryptic have also set up several promotions. This coming weekend will be the first trial weekend, allowing players who have the game but not an active account to play again for the weekend and be tempted back. They have also added a referral scheme, and will soon launch a demo version of the game. And for rewarding players who have stuck at it they will be introducing veterans rewards. Full details, here. update on the way

CBS has released a press release announcing will be relaunching in the coming months the redesigned site will "feature breaking news, rare interviews, a robust online community, online store and the official Star Trek database.

Designed to incorporate the very best of Star Trek content across the web, the site will showcase top fan sites and blogs including TrekMovie, TrekToday and TrekWeb. is being designed by award-winning graphic design and content production web developer Funny Garbage."

The full press release can be found on TrekMovie, TrekWeb and TrekToday.

Captain's Log: Harriman preview

TrekMovie have posted a five-page-preview of this week's Captain's Log issue, featuring Captain Harriman of the Enterprise-B. Here's one page:See the rest, here.