Saturday, 25 September 2010

Aventine feature in next Star Trek Magazine

USS Aventine designer Mark Rademkaer has announced on his blog that the next issue of the Star Trek Magazine will have an extensive feature of the USS Aventine, written by Marco Palmieri and with lots of new images by Rademaker, including orthographic views and a mini-poster!!

Titan feature next issue? Vanguard after that? *fingers crossed*

Details on Starfleet Academy books has posted an interview with the Starfleet Academy book series editor, Kara Sargent. The article includes descriptions of the first two books in the series. The Delta Anomaly is: "a mystery about a serial killer. Early on in the book, the killer targets one of the Starfleet cadets—a friend of Kirk and Uhura, in fact—and the reader is immediately drawn in to this very fast-paced, very chilling mystery. All the while, there are fantastic side stories going on. One involves Uhura and a special assignment she gets from her favorite instructor, Commander Spock. I’ll just say there’s some serious chemistry between those two and leave it at that! Another side story involves a big Starfleet assignment Kirk is involved in that pits him against his nemesis at the Academy. There’s lots of adventure in that one. And, my favorite side story involves Kirk and a beautiful young co-ed he meets at a coffee shop. Her name is Hannah, and Kirk has his work cut out for him because Hannah actually doesn’t swoon at his feet the first time she meets him."

The second book, The Edge: "focuses on the stress of life at the Academy. The story opens with a competition and Kirk realizes that some cadets seem to have an edge that he doesn’t have. One of the cadets is the girl he’s interested in. Some mysterious events and even a death occur, leading Kirk to investigate what’s going on, and he uncovers a really dark world of illegal activity."

The article also provided a hint at the extent of this series, they hope to publish at least one book a season (ie, every three months or so). See the full article, here.

Cross Cult's take on New Frontier

Cross Cult have released, via their Star Trek books facebook page, a set of character illustrations for the New Frontier series. According to my regular German informant, Unreality SF's Jens Deffner, these will be used as spine or back-cover images, with new front covers still to come!

USS Enterprise engaging pizza seperation

The (previously announced) USS Enterprise pizza cutter is now on sale at ThinkGeek. You can see more pictures of this awesome product, and buy one, here.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

IDW December

Is another one issue month, plus an omnibus (c.o. Comics Continuum). I hope IDW are just holding something big back for the new year...

Khan: Ruling in Hell #3
As the situation on Ceti Alpha V rapidly deteriorates, Khan struggles to find a way to keep his people alive in the face of planetary waste and devastation. Meanwhile, forces conspire against Khan to remove him from power, mercilessly capitalizing on Khan's sole weakness: his beloved wife Marla.

Burden of Knowledge omnibus
The newest adventure of the classic Enterprise crew begins here! When a routine Federation diplomatic visit turns suddenly and unexpectedly violent, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy find themselves kidnapped and halfway across the galaxy. A new Original Series-era miniseries from the creative team behind Spock: Reflections!

Burden of Knowledge #4 preview have posted a five page preview of this week's fourth and final issue in the Burden of Knowledge series. Here's one page:
See the rest, at

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Khan covers

Chris Ryall has released the full set of Michael Stribling covers for the Khan: Ruling in Hell series. Here are the two new releases for the third and fourth issues:

You can see the entire quartet on Ryall's blog.

Weird and Wonderful

I sometimes wonder how on earth there is a market for some the Trek stuff out there, and sometimes I wonder how on earth other products don't get made. Like these:

The Weird: have announced the latest funeral product, a Star Trek urn, complete with the Enterprise, the Starfleet delta, and your name written in the Star Trek font!

The Wonderful: TrekMovie have produced a report on a prototype Nokia phone styled after a TOS communicator. Here's a video of it in action:

You can see more pictures an info at TrekMovie. How can there not be a market for this?!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

STO: Breen arc conclusion

The STO website has been updated with listings for the next two feature episodes, which bring Series 1: The Breen to a conclusion. They are:

#4: Cold Case
The crew must outrace the Breen in a hunt for information that stretches across the Orellius Sector Block.

#5: Cold Storage
In the story finale, the crew comes face-to-face with Thot Trel as they struggle to protect their amazing discovery.

Losing the Peace German cover

The German Star Trek books Facebook page has posted the latest new German cover art from Cross Cult, this time for Losing the Peace, and featuring the first ever image of Jasminder Choudhury!

Captain's Log: Pike preview

Comics Continuum have posted a six page preview of this/last week's Captain's Log: Pike. Here's one (Very Nice!) page:

You can see more, here.

Want to see the Haynes Enterprise Manual cover in glorious high resolution?

Ok then (click to make big):

From the listing on Haynes' website. Which also gives this description:
The Starship Enterprise gets the Haynes treatment! This fascinating Haynes Manual features cutaway drawings, technical illustrations and photographs along with comprehensive background information and specifications on the technology used on board the USS Enterprise, in all its various incarnations. Seasoned Star Trek writers lift the lid on the most iconic spaceship of all time, while accuracy and authority are guaranteed by Technical Consultant Michael Okuda. This is one book no Star Trek fan should be without.

I love the I Love Tribbles T-shirt! have launched a range of new custom print Star Trek clothing, featuring QUOGs, various Star Trek emblems, IDW and Haynes artwork, and lots of (frankly awful) combinations of promo photos. A couple of the highlights, I Love Tribbles:

And an advert for the Haynes manual...:

Friday, 3 September 2010

IDW reprints in Brazil

If like me you're fascinated and intrigued by the international reprints of all things Star Trek then you're in luck, as thanks to TrekWeb's Gustavo Leao (who posted an image of the most recent reprint in question on the IDW forums) I've been finding out about the Brazilian reprints (in Portuguese of course) of IDW titles coming from the publisher Devir. They're a little behind and a little slow, having started in 2008 and so far only just got to the first Alien Spotlight series. Here's what they've done so far:

Klingons: Blood Will Tell, aka Klingons: Herança de Sangue
-Published in November 2008
-Translated by Antônio C. Neto, with Portuguese lettering by Reinaldo Fraga
-If google's translations are cirrect this book included some sort of technical manual for the D7 class in addition to the comic series!

Year Four, aka Ano Quatro
-Published in May 2009
-Translated by Anthony C. Grandson

The Space Between, aka Interlúdios
-Published in July 2009
-Translated by Anthony C. Grandson, with Portuguese lettering by Reinaldo Fraga
Alien Spotlight, aka Raças Alienígenas (Alien Races)
-Published in August 2010

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Mondo Borg

io9 have posted up a much better quality preview (than the previous tease) of Mondo's next Star Trek poster, a First Contact Borg Queen image:

The poster goes on sale tomorrow (Thursday 2nd September) with a run of 220 standard prints and 80 with glow in the dark inks!!! Good luck getting a copy! io9's article also has a gallery with pretty decent resolution versions of the previous Mondo posters too, well worth a download for those of us who've not managed to purchase one of the elusive prints!

Movie Adaptation #6 preview

Comics Continuum have posted a five page preview of this week's sixth and final issue in the Movie Adaptation comic. Here's one page:

See the rest, here.

New Seize the Fire blurb

The Simon and Schuster website has been updated with a new blurb for the Titan Typhon Pact book, Seize the Fire:

Shortly after revealing its union with the Federation's newest adversary—a coalition of galactic powers known as the Typhon Pact—the Gorn Hegemony suffers an ecological disaster that destroys the hatchery world of their critically important warrior caste. Fortunately, the Gorn had already been investigating traces of an ancient but powerful "quick terraforming" technology left behind by a long-vanished civilization. This technology, should it prove controllable, promises to restore their delicate biological and social status quo. But when a Gorn soldier prepares to use the technology to reshape the planet Hranrar into a new warrior-caste spawning ground, threatening to extinguish the native Hranrarii, he draws the unwanted attention of a mad Gorn trooper determined to bring the military caste into dominance.

Meanwhile, as the U.S.S. Titan embarks upon a search for this potent technology in the hope of using it to heal the wounds the Federation sustained during the recent Borg crisis, Captain Riker must balance his responsibility for his crew's safety against the welfare of the Hranrarii and his duty to the Prime Directive. With a menacing Typhon Pact fleet nipping at his heels, Riker must not only stop the Gorn warriors but also plumb the secrets of an ancient terraforming artifact. But of everyone serving aboard Titan, Commander Tuvok may be the only one who understands how dangerous such planet-altering technology can be, even when used with the best of intentions. . . .

Thanks to TrekBBS user JD, who pointed this out.

More TNG soundtrack details

TrekMovie have done a large preview of the forthcoming TNG soundtrack collection from Film Score Monthly. Here's a look at the whole package:

You can see lots more at TrekMovie.