About 8of5

8of5, the writer, editor, and researcher of this blog, is a life long trekkie with a passion for all the Star Trek series, and a general fan of all things geeky; with particular passions for Lego, dinosaurs, and Stargate, alongside Star Trek.

8of5 is the name I used when I first started interacting with the online Star Trek community as an avid fan of the computer game Star Trek: Armada. It is a Borg designation based on my assumptions about the Borg naming system whereby I am drone number eight of unit number five (as opposed to drone number eight of a total of five drones). This makes perfect sense to me, but has sometimes caused confusion, and thus I dub myself, the "numerically challenged drone".

My Star Trek Sites

The Trek Collective
Dedicated to finding and reporting the latest news on Star Trek novels, comics, toys, games, and indeed any other Star Trek goodies I can discover. Originally known as 8of5's Guide to the Trek Collective, my recently less-of-a-mouthfulified Star Trek blog is the focus of my blogging activities.

Trek Collective Lists 
A site focused on listings of all things Star Trek, including reading lists, bibliographies, products lists for toys and homewares, and more.

Trek Collective Archives
My slowly growing collection of articles collecting information on Star Trek items and information of today and yesterday, including collections of book covers, data from lost websites, and other media.

8of5's Material Continuum 
A separate Twitter account listing the latest Star Trek sales, deals, and bargains.

Other Blogs

Trek Collective Multiverse
My place to explore my geeky interests outside of Star Trek: books, movies, toys, and whatever else I think is interesting and might interest others.

The Brickverse
Another of my passions is Lego, so I've got a place to blog about that too! News of new sets, Lego goodies, and the latest awesome MOCs, brick films, and cool projects from Lego Ideas.

On Social Media

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, where I relay information from The Trek Collective, and highlights from my other sites. You can also email me: 8of5@TheTrekCollective.com

Friends and Resources

An extra special thanks to my collaborators and guest contributors:

And check out these other great Star Trek websites and resources:


Now and then nice people from various Star Trek licensees have sent me stuff to review. So thanks to all those people! Mostly though I just gather Star Trek stuff on my own accord - You can find a list of all my reviews on my Reviews page. If you'd like to support my activities here, then please make your Star Trek purchases via these nice retailers, who make note of traffic sent their way via the links below :)


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adb said...

Not sure how to communicate this, but the three ebooks you just wrote about are not available for pre-order on Amazon--"no pricing information available".

8of5 said...

I'd have thought the comments section of that particular article might be a better place...

Anywho, the only Amazon I can see pricing information on is UK, and they're all available here. The links to all the other Amazon's will I'm sure all become orderable in due course :)

brenna coopersmith said...

Hi there, we just premiered a fantastic interview with Leonard Nimoy and Pharrell Williams, and would love to share it with fans of Star Trek. Do you have an email address I can use to get in touch and share the link to the show? Thx

8of5 said...

There's an email listed on this very page. Or you could share it on the startrek subreddit maybe?

Atruething said...

We have a fan film that countless fans of Trek and Wars would like to see and need help in touching them. There is a crowdsourcing campaign, despite the project happening regardless of outcome on some level. I hope you will help share its existence with your audience. Thank you!



Best Regards,

Kenny Carpenter, director of "Federation Force"

RAFAHELL said...

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Chadwick Adams said...

Just wanted to say I appreciate all the work you do posting on the trek collective. Along with trekcore, trekmovie, treknews, 1701news, and the star trek website yours is the other Star Trek website I frequent. I notice there are always little to no comments on your posts but I hope that does not discourage you. You post all kinds of random star trek news and info which is rarely found on other star trek sites. So once again, your site and posts are appreciated and please continue doing it!

All the best


The Runaway Organian said...


Your stewarship of the TREK COLLECTIVE and your associated sites is the best of the best. You distill the most relevant and interesting aspects of the Trek universe, and provide the most comprehensive overview of merchandise available in any medium.

Having said that, I recently viewed a piece on Wired, "What's All the Hate for Star Trek: Discovery?" The Wired piece focused on podcasts (that appeared on Geek's Guide to the Galaxy) in which respected writers rebutted Discovery haters who troll the Net with their criticisms. A casual glance at recent "YouTube" entries will suffice. The Wired article rightly called out the haters for their inane remarks. In a few words, the haters seek a carbon copy the 1960's Enterprise, 1960's uniforms, etc., etc. and loathe anything to the contrary. However, Star Trek has always been about change. Gene Roddenberry himself updated the whole look of the ST universe for The Motion Picture. Subsequent producers and directors such as Nicholas Meyer, Harve Bennett, Leonard Nimoy, Rick Berman, Jonathan Frakes and J.J. Abrams perpetuated this trend in the Trek movies. ST:The Next Generation rewrote the script with changes that reverberated into Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Sadly, the Enterprise prequel limited itself with the need to shoehorn its atory arc into canon.

While I do not believe new ST series or films should veer so far from established facts that they become unrecognizeable, every ST version should utilize the best of available tech, effects and writing. To that end, ST:Discovery is a masterful reinvention: new ships, new uniforms, new Klingons (my internal jury is still deliberating on that aspect), and a new perspective. I believe that The Original Series would have used the same sophisticated look seen in Discovery had the funds and indeed, technology, been available. The Discovery universe is gorgeous, with an attention to detail never seen in previous Trek, and a respectful nod to canon. I would be thrilled to see an Enterprise cameo on Discovery with NCC-1701 looking nothing like its 1960's incarnation: a similar but updated metallic design and a new look for Captain Pike and his redoubtable Number One. The clamor of self-appointed critics is shallow and lacking in vision. The point is: this is 2017, not 1966.

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