Thursday, September 28, 2006

Alien Critters From Outerspace

Since the turn of the 19th Century Earths Radio Waves have been monitored. What would you
think of someone saying that? Split your sides laughing perhaps?...On the other hand, who on earth can disprove it? Reflect...

"We know intelligent alien lifeforms live on Mars" announces Fred (the editor of a French Newspaper) to the world.
"Really, I thought aliens landed on earth in 1938 ?" laughs Joe.
"They did! and they had their war machines with them" counters Fred.
"Prove it, You can't, can you! keep taking the tablets, Fred" Joes still laughing.

"Listen you can laugh now but thats only because they're all hiding, the Mars Opportunity Rover will eventually flush them out from their hideout, in Mars. After scaring us with their invasion force and retreating fast, we'll find them again" Freds growing weary at being laughed at, so he departs.

Star Trek Aliens

If this was suggested in good spirits at a pub, then you'd probably get a round of laughs from all corners of the pub.

"Hey, mate you've had one ale too much , haven't you? here c'mon, this ones on us, why don't you come over and join in on the laughs."

- Theres negative Martian Activity here, over -

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The SETI Institute. ( Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence.) The Seti Institute have been searching for extraterrestrials for the last 40 years. Here is their website link, Enjoy.

So theoretically, it is possible new lifeforms are alive and well on a plentiful, peaceful, alien worlds in the far distant regions of the galaxy. They could be an advanced, extremely peaceful, intelligent, powerful, friendly race of alien critters.

Aliens of unknown origins and mysticism, with a curiousness for the unknown, as the driving force, engaged in Interstellar Space Flight, charting the boundries of space, monitoring less developed worlds. Theoretically.

B'rel Class, Klingon Bird of Prey, D - 12 Scout.

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The Voyage Home.

Reflect on the Bounty's Voyage Home in Star Trek IV. Captain James Tiberius Kirk ( the only Starfleet Admiral still in command of a Starship, I think) together with his galant Enterprise crewmates, they heroically return to Earth in a Klingon B'rel-class, Bird of Prey to face charges of theft, damage, saving Mr Spocks life, saving earth for that matter.

The odds of returning in a rundown, clapped out Klingon ship did little to inspire Dr Mc Coys confidence. The HMS Bounty so aptly named by the good doctor, had all the toys of the 23rd century, courtesy of the Klingon Empire.

The year was 2285 and it was the earliest known bird of prey, B'rel Class, D-12 Scout. Despite her chronic condition, it was a technologically advanced ship.

She was capable of carrying 12 to 36 crew, had a maximum speed of warp 9, was 109 metres long, the arnament defences included: 2 disruptor cannons, 1 photon torpedeo launcher, deflector sheilds and a cloaking device. This early bird of prey was retired from service due to faulty plasma coils. This was the most popular of the Star Trek movies and i enjoyed the wit and rhythm of the film.
In order for extraterrestrial lifeforms to make the journey over space to our little ball of beings on planet Earth, they would need the HMS Bounty's level of technology (I Know, the Klingon ship is only fiction, I haven't lost my marbels, but im suggesting this from a metaphysical view point.) in order to make it so.

Mankinds ability to trek the stars in the 21st century is advancing. Our abilities to reach the moon is adventurous and impressive, chart space phenomenon via space telescopes is trully exciting, satellites are in orbit busy as ever. Its safe to say that spaceflight is serious business, no easy stroke of the pen.

Earthling knowledge of advanced Interstellar Spaceships, Starships, Timetravel comes from Science Fiction: Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr Who etc So, how would we greet our alien visitors if they turned up someday in all their glory with ships we can only dream of as depicted in our science fiction movies?

Heres Commander Rikers final word in the episode "attached " in the TNG, after he had enough and loses patience with two squabling opposing representatives of the planet Kesprit. Each side is looking to gain admitance to the United Federation of Planets, but trust unfortunately is just something sadly lacking in the Prit and Kes officials.

Riker is rolling his eyes now.

"That's it. I can see that diplomacy is not going to get us anywhere today. I do not have time for negotiatiation, so let's put all our cards on the table. You're concerned that the Kes are going to be admitted to the Federation." states comander Riker telling the Pritt official


"As First Officer of the Enterprise, i think i can promise you that won't happen. The Kes will be denied membership" - Commander Riker

" You have no authority to make that decision. Despite whatever games you played with the Pritt when you arrived, we still plan to take our petition to the Federation Council. They'll listen." retorts the outraged Kes Official.

"They will also listen to the reports of the Enterprise and it's First Officer. I can tell you now, the First Officers report will go something like this:

" Kesprytt, a deeply troubled world. Social, political and military problems that they have yet to resolve. The Kes, while a friendly and democratic people, are driven by suspicion, deviousness and paranoia. It is the opinion of this first officer that they are not ready for membership" - Commander Riker

Thanks for reading this far, Live long and Prosper!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Star Trekker

This photograph was taken at a Star Trek Convention. Its not hard to figure out who the Trekker is! The caption read Ians brother Ross and his friend Ronin just happened to be in town. Its easy to tell who they all are, just by the expressions on their faces!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Vega Star System

For the last 350 million years the Vega Star has beamed in our night sky, in Constellation Lyra only 25 lightyears away. It has survived, its planets however, have not. An extraordinary swirling cloud of debris and dust surrounds Vega, as observed by the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope. This disk of dust encircles the star, where once planets orbited smoothly.

Less than a million years ago, doom hit the vega system, which was to signal the end of the embryonic planet formation process and Mankinds forebears incidentally, the human and apelike equivilent on Earth (australopithecines) were no longer swinging through the trees looking for lunch because they had gone extinct. The image below depicts two embryonic planets impacting. This one collision had dire consequences for the neighbouring planets around the Vega star.

Image Credit: NASA / JPL - Caltech

These young planets spent millions of years growing. All was well in Constellation Lyra, until that fateful day, when an embryonic planet fell out of orbit, or a number of them smashed together which astronomers believe, the end result being the most destructive, explosive, collision ever to defeat Vega's planetary System since its creation.

Scientists believe that the first smash, set off a casscade of collisions, which created the disk. The debris from the first impact, collided with the remaining planets. It was like a doomsday machine, which once started, there was no stopping it. Today with the help of the Spitzer Telescope and the Vega Star, we can see the aftermath of the remaining wrecked planet debris and dust, which will in time spread and dissipate into the vast expanse of darkness. What took millions of years to create, will dissapear forever into the mysterious jaws of space.

Thanks for reading this far, keep on Trekking!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Star Trek Women

Remember Star Treks TNG episode " The Host?"

Chief Medical officer, Dr Beverly Crusher gets the shock of her life when she falls in love with a trill humanoid who checks out rather unexpectedly. A gob smacked Beverly soon discovers that her sweetheart Ambassador has a weird creature entity called 'Odin' lurking inside him, ultimately in dire need of a new body. So a new replacement host body is duly ordered to join with the 'Odin creature' whose memories and wealth of experiences are shared and live on with the current trill host. Poor Dr Beverly can do little but wait desperately with rising hopes for the arrival of her lovers new Trill host body.

As time passes Beverly Crusher's heart sinks to the deckplates to learn that the new host is not exactly a dream come true. The new talking, walking trill receptacle is a female!!! Little time is wasted and an urgent operation inserts 'Odin' into the Trill female body whose face lights up when the joining is complete. Odin's memories are immediately shared with the Trill who trys to move in on Beverly, picking up where the previous Ambassador/Odin trill left off.

Em, No thanks. says Beverly politely, completely devastated, "maybe one day, humans will be capable of more." In other words, No chance, Mr or Miss whatever you are, you and I just ain't happening so forget it. Gates Mc Fadden is brilliant in this episode, Crusher took the news well don't you think?

TNG's episode "Booby Trap " is where Geordie does his best to get it on with Christy on the holodeck. He spends several hours perfecting the ideal lovenest holodeck programme only for it to end in disaster. - Yeah, I know, don't tell me, I'm the perfect nice guy.- says Geordie trying to save face. Why does Geordie have such bad luck with babes on the holodeck?

Later on the daft begger snogs a female hologram with surprising results. In The Next Generation, Susan Gibney plays Doctor Leah Brahms in episodes "Booby Trap" and "Galaxy's Child", appearing as a holographic character in the first, and as a "real" person in the second. Geordie the Chief engineer activates the hologram, Dr Leah Brahms in the holodeck and after talking to her, the Chief Engineer figures, ouch, freezer woman, we've got to make a few adjustments to her original programming. So, with the wizardry of the Enterprise, Geordie adds a few personal touches of his own to make her more receptive and affectionate to his needs. Of course the tweaks are all in the engineer's line of duty whos trying to save the Enterprise. So the daft beggar eventually gets to kiss his babe at long last! Sure it was just a goodbye present, right?

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In "Galaxy's Child the real Leah Brahms arrival causes quite a commotion. Geordie is so pleased with himself and can't wait to meet the real Leah in living color. He knew everything about Leah Brahms from her Starfleet records and believed the love magic was gonna happen. Great - I know her.

Like a lovesick teenager falling all over the place, hanging on to her every word, Engineer Geordi plans his big move. In real life Leah Brahms is the proverbial freezer woman and reacts angrily when she discovers what hes been doing to HER starship engines.(She originally designed them at the Utopia Planetia Shipyards) Later, on her own, Leah finds Geordie's hologram re-creation of her on the Enterprise holodeck and all hell breaks loose. Its so funny.

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In the "Naked Now" the Enterprise crew get infected and start acting real weird when they return from an away mission. Tash Yar, a real stunner in this episode and a sight for sore eyes, sets her sights on Data the android, adding him to her list of conquests. With a mischievous expression on her face, she corners Data and her eyes light up. Data is naturally baffled but doesn't resist her advances towards him. Tasha is in complete control of the situation.

" Data, You are fully functional aren't you ?"
" I am functional" replies Data
" HOW fully functional ?" demands Yar, smiling eagerly like a hungry little cougar.
" In every way!" responds Data
" You little Jewel" responds an ecstatic Tasha leading the helpless android away to an adjoining bedroom. Lucky devil.

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In " Hollow Pursuits" Deanna Troi is programmed to respond affectionately by Reginald Barclay. Reg's fantasy holodeck re-creation characters are more real to him than the Enterprise crew. Hes having difficulty integrating with the Enterprise crew so the holodeck is the perfect diversion for him. Deanna's holocharacter is programmed as the Goddess of Empathy and is loving and caring. Indeed, as Barclay joins her, she says that she senses his confidence and arrogant resolve, and that it excites her. Feeling rejected and the need to get even at his crew mates, Reg creates the three musketeers.

We see a cheeky Captain Picard, a short, unimpressive, wandering Commander Riker, whom the real Deanna takes much pleasure in laughing at. "There's nothing wrong with a healthy fantasy life, as long as you don't let it take over," are her famous last words until Troi discovers the Goddess of Empathy. The real Deanna tries to deactivate her dopple ganger fast but Riker has other ideas. The grin soon vanishes from the Counsellor's smug face. Commander Riker, humiliated by the previous HoloRiker experience takes his time to enjoy a good belly laugh by watching Deanna squirm in front of The Goddess of Empathy.

No, no, this is part of Barclay's programme right? We can't delete her! Computer belay that order. Suffice to say, Reginald Barclay had allot of explaining to do.

Live Long and Prosper trekkers!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Star Trek Remastered Trailer -The Ship Hits The Fans!

Star Trek The Original Series has been given the green light for high definition transfer. Favourite episodes will be remastered first, aired for broadcast with Balance of Terror in September most likely in America. Paramount is waiting for stations to update their equipment, by which time the TOS episodes should be remastered in high definition transfer for future syndication by the networks.

I've watched Star Trek remastered comparisons and the most notable improvement is definitely the Corbomite Maneuver. I was moved. Paramount has improved the visual effects, starship maneuvers, laser shots and music etc. Even the actors look better. Pay attension to the Gorn now! Its doing something different which it never did before! Any guesses? I hope you enjoy Star Trek Remastered Comparisons and judge for yourself the special effects taking place in the timeline of Kirk, Spock, Dr McCoy, Lt. Uhura, Nurse Chapel, Sulu, Chekov and scotty!

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Monday, September 11, 2006

40 Years of Celebration

Going boldly where no man had gone before, Gene Roddenberry's cult tv show, Star Trek TOS, debuted in September 1966 and reflected an era of optimistic space travel which people love. Star Trek TOS has thrilled us with 79 cosmic adventures. Set in the 23rd century, the classic series has regaled us with the intergalactic voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701 on her five-year mission exploring the outer regions of federation space and beyond. Captain Kirk's USS Enterprise has encountered strange new alien life forms on its journeys with Klingons, Vulcans, Romulans, Tribbles and Khan Noonian Singh introducing himself in Space Seed.

The Enterprise crew made history on tv when they paved the way as front runners in multiculturalism: Most Trek fans remember Asian Helm Officer, Hikaru Sulu played by George Takei who made Captain of the Excelsior by Star Trek VI in The Undiscovered Country stardate 9521.6. Sulu can pilot anything although sometimes he goofs up by forgetting to disengage the USS Enterprise parking brake! He is good friends with Chekov and has a keen interest in old guns and fencing. The beautiful, technically minded, Communications Officer is African-American Nyota Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols who sits beside Mr Spock and Captain Kirk. She rises to the rank of commander in the Star Trek movies. Uhura is a role model for women across the globe. For over 40 years, she has succeeded to prove to audiences worldwide that women are as capable as men in their jobs. Uhura means "freedom" in Swahii. She is a talented singer, dancer, musician and loves tribbles. Uhura's best friends are Scotty, Chekov and Sulu. She is by no means a pushover and can be tough with men and women.

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Everybody knows the legendary Chief Engineer Scotsman, Montgomery Scott played by James Doohan. His nickname is "Scotty." The Master Engineer's abilities have saved the USS Enterprise on countless occasions because the guy uses his wits to chill the captain out and never loses his cool when the ship is about to blow up with only moments to spare. Scotty seems to have the uncanny ability to retrieve energy from the ships jaded engines just when the captain needs warp drive to turn tail and run from the baddies. Scottys favourite drink is Scotch Whiskey and he likes to read technical manuals to exercise his brain. Science Officer, Spock played by Leonard Nimoy is arguably the real star of the show and is still loved by the fans worldwide. He plays the Vulcan lyre and is renowned for his inspirational use of logic, green blood, pointy ears, vulcan mindmelds and sneaky neck pinch.

I love Spock and McCoys arguments because they're so entertaining. Lets not forget the emotionally unstable Chief Medical Officer, Leonard "Bones" McCoy played by DeForest Kelley who is the ships doctor and Spocks friendly adversary. He is also Kirks good friend. Bones is essentially a cynic with a good heart who keeps Kirk and Spock on the straight and narrow path when their egoes take off. He hates transporters and can't stand it when Spock logically ignores his flawed feeling friends, so he constantly reminds him that hes half human. I'm a doctor not a moonshuttle conductor!

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Lastly we come to our heroic space warrior, Captain James T. Kirk played by William Shatner. Kirk likes to fire phasers first and ask questions later. He is promoted to admiral when Star Trek the motion picture hits the cinemas stardate 7412.6 but is subsequently demoted to captain by the Voyage Home on stardate 8390. Why you ask? Because Kirk and the Enterprise crew rescued Mr Spock from that burning fire ball of a Genesis planet. Lets face it William Shatners acting is exaggerated but its widely accepted, his special talent combined with the compadres gave the series much of its charm.

Kirk's best friends are Spock and McCoy and his son David was conceived with Carol Marcus. David was slain on the orders of Lord Kruge in Star Trek III, The Search for Spock on stardate 8210.3 Captain Kirk is motivated by challenge and is extremely proficient in hand to hand combat. Star Trek TOS spawned such a following that it continues to sell Starfleet uniforms, DVDs, Trek Merchandise and toys, with Books, Tricorders, Communicators, and convention bookings making warpspeed record sales to this very day. Captain James T. Kirk has broken the prime directive on several occasions with General Order One but the guy has a great excuse. Get the USS Enterprise to safety and end oppression in the galaxy which makes him a Starfleet hero.

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Twenty years later after Gene Roddenberry's classic STAR TREK The Original Series, star trek fans witnessed a new beginning with Star Trek THE NEXT GENERATION. Its interstellar adventures established Captain Jean-Luc Picard played by Patrick Stewart, firmly in the driving seat. His brand new Starfleet crew took to their stations aboard the Galaxy class USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D.

This phenomenally successful spin off created by Roddenberry began airing in 1987 and ran for seven seasons until 1994. Although Mr Roddenberry was actively involved in the shows early production, he soon stepped back to a more supervisory role leaving day to day operations in the hands of Executive Producer, Rick Berman. The TNG Enterprise crew has a Klingon called Worf played by Michael Dorn. He is the first Klingon Warrior to serve the Federation and takes over as Chief of Security after Tasha Yars death.

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In 1991 it was decided by Paramount executives to estabish a show that would not run with a starship roaming the galaxy. Alot of speculation ran wild about the premise at the time. Some suggested using the Klingon Empire and I remember being excited about this prospect. Sadly makeup costs ruled this totally off the drawing board. Sulu's starship idea was shelved too. In the end Rick Berman and Michael decided to set the new series on a starbase and it was called Deep Space Nine. Gene Roddenberry died on 26th October, 1991. His death was a shock for us all. Genes vision of Star Trek lives on but Deep Space Nine is undoubtedly the darkest and grittest of all the Star Trek series. The starbase has a diverse culture and staff who don't always agree with each other.

I like how the show is plagued with conflict driven characters who visit the space station and threaten federation life in the "wild west frontier" which makes for interesting story arcs and interplay between the characters. Deep Space Nine orbits Bajor, a wartorn non federation world and as luck would have it, Starfleets interest peeks up when a stable wormhole is discovered nearby. A number of people travel through the starbase when the wormhole enables lucrative trade and exploration routes to be set up with the builders of the station, the Cardassians, soon regretting their decision to abandon it. When Worf joins the show in "the way of the warrior" and the threat of an evil empire looms in the distance with the Dominion on the other side of the wormhole, the Klingons breakout the bat'leths and end their alliance with the Federation of planets. What follows is the most spectacular space battle ever seen in Star Trek history......including the movies. Eat your hearts out trek fans.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek's very first female captain has thrilled us too. In Voyager's quest for survival, Janeway has more than once put her ship and her crew in danger. The Captain was the perfect Ahabe in the "Year of Hell" sacrificing half her crew and ship in a kamikaze bid against the Krenim Temporal Timeship. Star Trek Voyager was launched in 2371 and is the fourth spin-off for the Star Trek franchise. The USS Voyager NCC-74656 is propelled into the Delta Quadrant by a powerful force that kills half her crew. Captain Janeway is forced to make a pact with outlaws.

Voyagers crew unites with a group of Maquis rebels to increase the odds of returning home from the far-flung Delta Quadrant. Tensions increase when Starfleet Security Officer Tuvok, disappears aboard a vessel commandeered by a band of renegade Federation officers. The U.S.S. Voyager, under the guidance of Captain Kathryn Janeway is dispatched to find him. During hot pursuit, both ships are mysteriously transported to the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light years away. Now the only hope of getting back to Earth is an unlikely collaboration between the two crews.

" This is one year I'd like to forget" A firm haggard Janeway, states rather gloomily.

We've watched transporter accidents, Orion Slave Women, Vidiian raiders who snatch body parts and leave you to take your chances, kidnappings, superior emergency medical holograms, alien race encounters, time travel, war-like Kazon, beserk computers, females that drain the life out of humans in order to propagate their species,(lovely lot they were!) red alert-all hands man your battle stations! technology thieves/criminals from the past and the future, attempting and obtaining technology for their own ill gotten gains.

"History records that Picard destroyed the Tox Uthat" replied one of two mournful, weird shiney, Vorgon criminals from the future. The Tox Uthat was a quantum phase inhibitor with the ability to halt all nuclear reaction within a star.

Lets not forget Q, the omnipotent entity and Captain Picards nemesis, who troubles the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D with his strange sense of humor and jokes, often causing them harm in the process. Q appears in many TNG episodes Voyager and DS9 episodes. He has a vague passing regard in humans stating openly, he is a Klingon at heart gifted with an I.Q. of 2005. Q is a constant thorn in Picard's side who appears out of no-where from the Q continuum. Captain Picard used to get so worked up about it which made for very entertaining watching.

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"What'd you want Q" demands a Picard rudely.
" State your business and get on with it!"

John De Lancie shared a moment he had with Gene Roddenberry, (Creator of Star Trek) that I watched on dvd. Gene approached John and heaped praise on the actor.

"You know, you make my lines sound so much better than they read from script" said G. R. but as I've got to know Gene from afar at the conventions and watching Star Trek dvds, you can count on one thing. Gene spoke softly in his kind fatherly gentle voice.

So John De Lancie answered -
-Well I'm glad so who are you?

" I'm Gene Roddenberry."

"So you must be the writer" replied John innocently.

John asked someone later,
" Well, who is Gene Roddenberry?"

-He's the creator of Star Trek.-

You Goofed up John! Big Style, but we forgive you!

Star Trek has reached such heights that during the reign of U.S. President Gerald Ford, Trekkies of the time sent a flood of letters in. The official line was that the shuttle was going to be named after the world war II carrier Enterprise anyway, but it was really the Star Trek Fans determination that made it so.

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Gene Roddenberry is the creator of Star Trek. Gene campaigned for Star Trek, he mixed with the fans, writers, he attended conventions and made speeches, in sept 1966 he aired Star Trek TOS pilot "where no man" at the Sci-fi convention in Cleveland.

It was his hope to gain publicity and gauge whether people liked it. Isaac Asimov was there and has always been a supporter of the show. The audience loved the pilot and gave a standing ovation. Star Trek made its debut on Thursday, Sept., 8th 1966 at 8.30pm. Gene made a lot of people happy and he got a standing ovation from the fans.

"Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs that there is a tomorrow. It's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb. The human race is improving, we have things to be proud of as humans. No astronauts, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids, human beings did, because we are clever and work hard and Star Trek is about those things" -Gene Roddenberry.

Gene Roddenberry saved Star Trek, while NBC were getting ready to cancel it during the first season. He did this by rallying well known sci-fi writers. Harlan Ellison (sci-fi writer) spearheaded the first letter writing campaign sending out 5000 letters using Genes established committee.

The committee of sci-fi notables included Ellison, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, Poul Anderson, Lester Del Rey and Philip Jose Farmer. In the second season Star trek was facing the axe again. Gene, armed with his letterhead of names from the previous campaign, hired Bjo and John Trimble. (Well known science fiction fans!)

It was their job to put together a campaign, using the writing committee, to convince sci-fi fans to write letters to NBC and Paramount. When the Studio and the Network received 75000 letters pleading that Star Trek continue, it knocked them for six and hit the news of the time. NBC executives were buried in a mountain of mail, I wish I could have seen their faces.

Despite unimpressive Nielsens ratings, which were later proved unreliable, the Original Series lasted for three seasons. Nielsen's Network loser "Star Trek" was still being watched by millions of people every week, years later and 40 years later finding new life in re-runs and syndication television. Star Trek's stories and characters has reached mass cultures across the world with its vision of a hopeful future where people belong and live in peace.

"It's the Human condition to improve and to improve" - Gene Roddenberry.
Thanks to Genes and Majel's hard work, the committee, the Science Fiction writers, The Fans, Film Crew, Production Staff, The Actors, Paramount/Viacom/CBS and everyone who works on the lot. Star Trek wouldn't be what it is today.

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Congratulations! I guess you deserve a prize for reading all of this! Live Long and Prosper! Trekkers.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Where No-Man Has Ever Gone Before.

"Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech"
Merging Galaxies.

"Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech"

Sometimes, the best way to understand how something works is to take it apart. The same is true for galaxies like NGC 300, which NASA'S Spitzers space telescope divided into various parts. NGC 300 is a face-on spiral galaxy located 7.5 million light years away in the southern
constellation sculptor.

In Star Trek, mankind has explored the Galaxy aboard warp driven starships with fans experiencing the thrill of space adventure in its faster than light spaceships but do we really know whats out in space? Do we know whats on its way to earth? How did life begin? How will it end? It has been theorized that the birth of our Universe came into existence fifteen billion years ago in what is referred today as "The Big Bang." The brain boxes speculate this happened in a single second, one hellulva cosmic explosion spreading two billion kilometers, from where there was nothing before or was there? Mysterious isn't it?

Earthlings in the 21st century have limited space vessel capability. Space is a big place for humans, as it remains largely uncharted. Warp Power and Impulse speed haven't been invented in our timeline, yet. Federation starships like the Enterprise are incredible achievements to strive towards. Seeking out new life on new civilizations is the ultimate challenge for Earth because theres only so far you can travel with humans in rocket technology. Picard has referred to humans as having grown out of their infancy in the 24th century. I suspect the galactic core our of galaxy will unfold gradually as the keen eyes of space get better at seeking out and discovering its mysteries.
"Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech"

The images you see above represent galaxies. The first one is an artists impression of a pair of colliding galaxies which will eventually merge into one. The NASA Photojournal describes this in interesting detail.

The second image is the NGC 300 Galaxy. This galaxy hasn't yet merged but over time probably will. This galaxy is located just 7.5 million light years away. The face-on spiral galaxy has a fascinating array of stars illustrated in red and blue burning at different temperatures which I'll discuss in a later post. Spitzers keen infrared eyes, relays a data stream of interesting space discoveries like this face-on spiral galaxy, back to earths happy ball of beings for scientific analysis and further deep space interpretation of the universe. Thank you so much Spitzer!

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Commander Kruge Is a Dynamic,Powerthirsty,Merciless Klingon Warrior.

Commander Kruge is a dynamic, roughneck klingon warrior thirsty for power of Genesis. His subordinates address the Klingon as "Lord Kruge or "My Lord" however lives were of little value to him and like an empty fire extinguisher were discarded unceremoniously when their usefulness ran out.

Kruge is a fierce, combative, easily aggravated, powerthirsty klingon and owns a scarey, crocodile looking pet dog. The perfect mean klingon. Kruge's second in command called Kirks ship a " Federationship Battlecruiser" Relishing the thought of a victorious battle with the starship, Kruge must have felt triumphant with this discovery. His ship was cloaked ready for battle.

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The Enterprise you see here is NCC 1701-A. She was refitted after her historic five year space flight. Virtually rebuilt from scratch using the shell of the old Enterprise, the differences are visible. You can see new warp nacelles, new impulse engines, the deflector dish has been replaced, new photon torpedo tubes, new running lights, new phaser banks even the hub of the saucer section, the bridge looks redesigned.

The Enterprise is armed to the teeth with firepower and has a crew ready at a moments notice for engagement with a hostile force. Lets not forget however, that the federations flagship of this era was a vessel of exploration and peace interested in seeking out new life and making first contact, with warp technological worlds.

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This meant absolutely nothing to Commander Kruge. Kruge was a klingon from an earlier era of thinking. Even though there was a treaty signed in good faith currently in effect keeping the peace between Klingon and earthling, Kruge had his own ideas and peace sure was not one of them.

" I've come a long way for the power of Genesis and what do I find? A weakling human, a Vulcan boy, and a woman!" disappointment is written all over Kruge's face.
Savic bravely grovels for their lives and tells Lord Kruge that the Genesis device is a failure.
"A failure. The most powerful destructive force ever created."

Unconvinced Kruge beams up to his ship. In his usual forceful style he demands a report.
"We are cloaked, Enemy vessel approaching "
Delighted the klingon commander settles into his command seat with his wet crocodile pet growling for attension at his side.

"Good this is just the turn of luck I've been waiting for."

Kruge had no respect for treaty agreements between the Federation and his klingon home planet. Snuffing out lives was routine stuff for our likeable Klingon, a bit like Picard having Earl Grey for tea. Kruge was an interesting character from an entertainment point of view and Christopher Lloyd did a great job playing the brutal rogue klingon.

The Enterprise was a formidable starship. However her age and damaged ship systems meant Scotty much needed "Magic Miracle Worker Touch" was vital to get the ship rigged for spaceflight. On approach to his cloaked vessel, Kruge figured, here she is !the flagship of my enemies. The mere sight of the USS Enterprise approaching slowly must have been an electrifying moment of near victory for him.

"Admiral Kirk, this is your opponent speaking"

Kirk huffs and puffs about treaty violations and war.
Kruge is fearless and continues, outraged by Kirks bluff.
"Do not lecture me about treaty violations. The federation in creating an ultimate weapon has become a gang of intergalactic criminals. It is not I who will surrender it is you. On the planet below I have three prisoners from the team who developed your doomsday weapon. If you do not surrender, I will exe---- them, one at a time as enemies of galactic peace."

Kirk is furious and demands,

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"Who is this? How dare you take prisioners!

" Who I am is not important, that I have them is" Kruge allows Kirk to speak to the prisoners.
Unimpressed by Davids last remark , Kruge is defiant.
"And now to prove my intensions are sincere, I shall k--- one of the prisoners."
Star Trek 3 " The Search For Spock" to use our klingons words was an " exhilarating" movie. Kruge lived for battle and the conquest of power.

The Almighty Federation had unlimited resources and Kirk wielded the power. He had the Enterprise and the "secrets" of the Genesis torpedo. Kruge saw the Federation and Kirk as his enemies and himself as the heroic undefeated opponent. Seizing the moment of opportunity whenever the devil smiled in his direction, Kruge sought for only one thing. To defeat his powerful opponent. In doing this, he could seize the power of the Genesis Device for himself and rule the galaxy.

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Universe Is Gigantic And Planet Earth Is Tiny

Courtesy: NASA /JPL-Caltech

Hyper giant Star located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. 100 times wider than Earths Sun.

The USS voyager was stranded 70,000 lightyears away in the Delta Quadrant. Even at warp nine it would have taken a life time to get back to earth. In my earlier post i described the amazing power of our sun.

In this image you can see the suns planets in our solar system. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and the coldest Pluto. Look at our planet. Its the third nearest and its only a tiny speck! It makes you realise how tiny we really are just by looking at this image. Next look at the gigantic star above and compare it to our sun!

This image gives you an idea of whats in the universe. So what else is out there? Scientists now believe that wherever life sustaining planetary conditions exist, then plants, animals, even intelligent alien beings should exist in our universe! The universe is probably teeming with life and we've yet to discover it. If only NASA could figure out how to construct a ship like the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D. Now what a dream come true that would be!

Stars and Galaxies

It is believed that the disk surrounding the massive star above is composed of organic molecules necessary for life to evolve. The artists concept of the dust molecules surrounding the star above clearly demonstrates how big the spread of the disk is. Although this is an artists illustration, two such disks have been discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around two stars like the one above, which do exist.

These stars (like the one above) are one hundred times wider each than our earths sun and the sun is 109 times wider than earth. People get lost on earth, imagine having starship capability and losing your way in the stellar systems of space. Better make sure your cb's working because the Galactic Democracy isn't sign posted!

The Voyage Home using the Sun's Magic.

Shining Brightly Where Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, chekov and Scotty have boldly gone before. The core temperature of the sun is 15 million'c with a visible photosphere temperature of less than 6000'c. Its safe to say humanoids react badly to radiation, so if your planning a little space adventure....stay away from the sun! Unless you're equipped with a starship thats got forcefields and shields. Brilliant! Now engage the impulse engines with scanners on maximum intensity. Your scientific data will confirm it takes 10 million years for the heat generated in the suns core to reach the photosphere. Our star is 109 times wider than earth and 1.4 million km wide. The sun's gravity is 38 times that of earth! A million sized earths could fit inside this magnificent hot ball of fire which will radiate for another five billion years!

Remember the unfortunate ferengi scientist Dr Rega? Here was a guy on a mission. He was so eager to prove to his scientific peers that he was not just another dumb ferengi greedy for gold. "Metaphasic shielding is a reality" boomed Dr Rega to his scientific colleagues. Hmm We'll see......was their attitude. But he was determined to prove his scientific theories and make them a reality. The ferengi proposed to fly a ship into the corona of a star by using Metaphasic shielding developed by Dr Rega to protect any ship adapted to use it. Only as luck had it he never lived to see the fruits of his labour. What a tragedy.

The Voyage Home

The Voyage Home is exciting adventure that involves an ingenious piece of timetravel using a star and rescuing whales from extinction. The original crew from the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, go back in time on a clapped out Klingon Bird of Prey. The crews faith rests with Mr Spock time computations after the vulcan is reunited with his katra who makes the best guess possible. Bones is doubtful so he demands of kirk,

" Are you sure this is such s bright idea?"
"What do you mean?" answers Kirk calmly
"I mean him, back at his post like nothing happened. I don't know if you've got the whole picture but Spocks not exactly working on all thrusters!!" retorts a worked up McCoy

"It'll come back to him" reassures Kirk with doubt written all over his face.
"Are you sure?" presses McCoy
Kirks looking lost now.
"Thats what i thought." An anguished McCoy leaves Kirks side.

Kirk seemed to take Mc Coys antics in his stride. Its a pity McCoy didn't prescribe himself some of his own medicine! A hypospray or two is good for you! Doc! It would have done wonders for his stress levels. Uhuru which means freedom in Swahili was at her communications station.

Sulu was at the helm and Chekov was at the weapons station.The plan was to warp the Bounty around the sun accounting for time computation, warp capability acceleration and deceleration, ship mass, etc and of course most important of all,

" making the best guess that i can." explained Spock earnestly to Dr McCoy at a critical moment. Scotty held the ship together in the engine room with the re-energized Klingon crystals. One of his funniest lines in Star Trek IV is when he informs Kirk,

" Admiral I have replaced the Klingon food packs, they were giving me a sour stomach!"
" O, Is that what it was?" Clearly Kirk was miles away only he didn't care for the details.
One solar flare colliding with the Bounty could have sent them off course but the ship survived. The slingshot as Dr McCoy aptly put it was successful and so too was the movie. It was a hit! Its been hailed as one of the most popular and successful of the movies.

Star Trek Generations starred the next generation crew, the Duras sisters, Captain Kirk, Scotty and Chekov. There was also a mad El Aurian physicist called Soran. We all know Geordi. For such a smart guy, Geordi visor actually betrayed him and the Enterprise NCC 1701-D. Soran removed his visor and ingeniously rigged it during the film. When Geordi returned to the Enterprise his vision was restored only the Chief Engineer was now a spy for the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D's enemies! It was so weird seeing him going around the ship like this.

" Human females are so ugly, Uggh how repulsive" replied the duras sisters completely nauseated.
" He must be the only engineer in starfleet that doesn't go to engineering"

The hotblooded Duras Sisters were truly angry now. Georgi's wanderings eventually lead him to Main Engineering much to the bloodthirsty delight of the sisters. His visor transmits the Enterprises shield modulation of 257.4 and like a hot knife through butter, the poor Enterprise is wrecked by the Klingon bird of preys torpedoes. This movie was clever in its use of technology against stars with their orbiting planets being wiped out in the aftershock. The fact Soran rationalised massacring millions to Captain Picard proved the El Aurian was quite mad.

Soran's objective was to alter the gravitational pull of a star which would then redirect an interstellar space phenomena which Guinan called the nexus or energy ribbon. This nexus was a heavenly place to live in where time couldn't creep up on you. Time simply had no meaning in the Nexus. By launching a rocket into the suns core, the direction of the energy ribbon was altered to a neighbouring planet or location, in time to carry the El Aurian to a new plain of happy existence. Killing a star did have an unfortunate side effect though..... In its aftermath followed a level 12 shockwave wiping out every living entity on neighbouring planets, blowing entire worlds to stardust. Lovely chap, Soran.

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

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Greetings! curious and eager fans of Science Fiction. Welcome to Star Trek Sci Fi Blog. Escape with me to my world of science and fiction. What does Science Fiction mean in our lives? Star Trek has a positive influence in peoples lives, It explores a hopeful future, as opposed to gloom and doom, and general mayhem. Its story arcs do have their fair share of shape shifters and con artists, murderers and madmen, powerful beings, a giant lizard and tribble critters.

I have always treasured the "science" and detail in the fiction of Star trek. While I realise this is tv entertainment, alot happens in space. Astronauts work in space carrying out scientific research, satellites and the International Space station require maintenance. Space exploration probes are launched from earth into the uncharted parameters of the universe to visit other planets which help scientists make new discoveries.

Along the way space data and images are transmitted back to earth. Interstellar space bodies, expanding stars and collapsing stars, merging galaxies, timetravel etc are all related cosmic components of science. Lets not forget the technology used to observe the cosmos, like the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek (hehe) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

Star Trek and Cosmology will motivate man today and far into the future. Scotty, Geordi, O'Brien, B'Elanna and Trip are always busy in engineering. Its a known fact, Star Trek fans inspired to become engineers and scientists have studied up on their technical journals just like their heroes Mr Spock and Scotty of course!

In The Paradise Syndrome in Star Trek TOS, Stardate 4842.6 the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 managed to hold off an approaching asteroid threatening a planet long enough for them to fix the technology on the planet and save the day. Kirk is found by local natives suffering from amnesia who believe hes their God, Kirok. Wouldn't it be great if Earth had a deflector oblelisk to steer trouble away from our little world? As it turns out Kirok weds the beautiful Miramanee native with Spock returning having deciphered how the malfunctioning deflector works. Good old Spocky restores Kirks mind but the sad news is Miramanee dies from the stoning when things turned ugly with the upset villagers on the Preservers planet below. Star Trek has touched on these exhilarating wonders of the universe in a positive, unified and remarkable fashion.

The technology used is awe inspiring. Just look at that mighty federation starship, the USS Enterprise returning to spacedock. The second of her kind to bear the name USS Enterprise NCC 1701. Well armed and fast, the first Enterprise is famous and was launched in 2245 from the San Francisco yards orbiting Earth. She was commanded by Captain Robert April and then Christopher Pike. This starship achieved legendary heights under the stewardship of Captain James Tiberius Kirk during its five year mission which lasted for three seasons. Gene Roddenberry's classic Star Trek gave us 79 voyages of unique cosmic science fiction, going boldly with fun, imagination with aliens in the depts of space. Imagine being a passenger looking out and wondering, whats going to happen next. Will we fall out of the sky or hit the spacedock? Will my Romulan Ale spill? On the other hand you could be quite relaxed and looking forward to meeting your relatives or friends.

The crew are probably excited about shoreleave, Scott's happy to let the starfleet core of engineers takeover and retune the engines leaving him in peace to study his technical manuals. Kirks getting ready to become one with a rock. Uhura is meeting secretly with Mr Spock! Naughty little devils! Hunger and starvation are no more. People seek to better themselves through education and not by the Ferengi way. The accumulation of wealth. To quote the Ferengi's First Rule of Acquisition. "Once you have their money, you never give it back"!

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