More Weird Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Original Star Trek

50 years ago, one of science fiction's greatest series was in development. The original Star Trek series was born out of desperation as much as inspiration, and a recent book called These Are The Voyages reveals tons of insane behind-the-scenes details. You think you know Star Trek? Here are tons of details you… » 9/16/14 3:11pm 9/16/14 3:11pm

Gene Roddenberry's 1968 memo on improving Star Trek's characters

As Star Trek embarked on its final season, creator Gene Roddenberry issued a memo directing the writers on how to approach the characters of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Chekov. It's a great peek into Roddenberry's management of the show. » 9/07/13 9:00am 9/07/13 9:00am

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek: The Original Series

Space may be the final frontier, but Star Trek is a well-explored universe by now. Captain Kirk, the Enterprise, transporters, phasers, tricorders and Klingons are part of our common language. But there's still tons of insane stuff you've never heard about Trek. » 9/08/12 12:30pm 9/08/12 12:30pm

What if Ernest Hemingway or Oscar Wilde wrote The Lord of the Rings?

Perhaps you've already read the Ayn Rand version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, but how might the epic change in the hands of Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, Ian Fleming, or Lewis Carroll? Or, for that matter, George Lucas or Gene Roddenbury? » 8/19/12 10:30am 8/19/12 10:30am

10 Things We Want From a New Star Trek TV Show

Two things happened in the past week or so: Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season came out in eye-popping high definition. And Roberto Orci said that talks about a new Star Trek TV show are "almost real." » 7/26/12 10:00am 7/26/12 10:00am

Read a lost Star Trek script by the writer of "The Doomsday Machine"

Prolific novelist Norman Spinrad wrote two scripts for the original Star Trek — but only one of them was produced, "The Doomsday Machine." The other one, "He Walked Among Us," was scrapped, and nobody's been able to read it — until now. » 2/22/12 11:02am 2/22/12 11:02am

Read the first drafts of the Star Trek opening monologue

In August 1966, Star Trek producers Bob Justman and John Black pressed Gene Roddenberry to finish the show's introductory monologue. Throughout the month, the three men exchanged several subtly different copies of the opening speech. Here are two of the scrapped drafts. » 12/04/11 12:15pm 12/04/11 12:15pm

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Original Star Trek

Space may be the final frontier, but Star Trek is a well-explored universe by now. Captain Kirk, the Enterprise, transporters, phasers, tricorders and Klingons are part of our common language. But there's still tons of insane stuff you've never heard about Trek. » 8/04/11 10:00am 8/04/11 10:00am

Gene Roddenberry Wouldn't Tolerate Prejudice Against Klingons

At the Hero Complex Film Festival, director Nicholas Meyer revealed a confrontation he'd had with Gene Roddenberry over Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. » 6/14/11 3:30pm 6/14/11 3:30pm

Read the first draft of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek pitch, starring…

On March 11, 1964, Gene Roddenberry handed in the first draft of his Star Trek proposal to NBC. The cast is almost entirely different, but the gist of the show is intact — truly a fascinating "what if." » 1/29/11 10:00am 1/29/11 10:00am

Ridley Scott pays tribute to "Prophets of Science Fiction"

For a guy who felt that science fiction was dead a few years ago, Ridley Scott seems to have renewed his interest in the genre of late. He's producing a show for the Science channel paying tribute to scifi's creators. » 1/06/11 5:30pm 1/06/11 5:30pm

Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this…

After the first pilot for Star Trek was on the verge being rejected by NBC, Gene Roddenberry sent this impassioned letter to his agent on February 12, 1965. It's a fascinating snapshot of Roddenberry with his back against the wall. » 11/27/10 8:30am 11/27/10 8:30am

Funniest and Star Trekkiest moments of Gene Roddenberry's Strange New…

Strange New World, a 1975 TV pilot that just hit DVD, is based on concepts from Gene Roddenberry. And this post-apocalyptic saga is full of amazing Seventies cheese, plus some fun nods to Star Trek. Check out our favorite moments. » 6/23/10 6:00pm 6/23/10 6:00pm

Gene Roddenberry's 1973 letter: Star Trek was about people, not hardware

A 1973 letter from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to a fan is worth reading. He explains that Trek had no "magic formula" other than focusing on people. And Spock looked like the Devil because it was "provocative to women." » 6/11/10 4:20pm 6/11/10 4:20pm

A blow-by-blow review of Earth: Final Conflict: "I only want to touch…

Having withdrawal symptoms from television aliens after V's season finale? Superblogger Kalinara is recapping every episode of Earth: Final Conflict in insane detail. Discover 90s hair, betrayals, brain needles and "women in underwear shooting things." Here's the first installment. [Kalinara] » 5/20/10 12:20pm 5/20/10 12:20pm

Trek Nation: Rod Roddenberry's Journey into the Father Frontier

How does a young man deal with his father's titanic legacy — one that defined a genre and affected a country? Gene Roddenberry's son looks for answers in a new documentary. » 4/30/10 6:30am 4/30/10 6:30am

Is "Science Fiction Humanism" A Contradiction In Terms?

People talk about science fiction as the literature of humanism. But actually, science fiction's explorations put it into conflict with humanism's tenets. The best science fiction questions the nature of humanity, and whether the universe will let us stay human. » 3/09/10 5:00pm 3/09/10 5:00pm

Tim Minear Producing An Android Journey Of Self-Discovery? Yes Please!

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are developing a new TV show based on Gene Roddenberry's scrapped android-angst show The Questor Tapes. Bland, preachy and insipid, Questor doesn't seem like a good template... unless it's true Tim Minear is on board. » 1/21/10 12:19pm 1/21/10 12:19pm

Help Me Become An Andromeda Fan!

So I admit it — I know very little about Andromeda, the Gene Roddenberry-inspired series that featured Kevin Sorbo in a tight uniform. I've seen a couple of episodes, years ago, and read bits and pieces here and there. But lately, I've gotten more curious — the show's writing staff includes Star Trek: Deep Space… » 10/13/09 2:00pm 10/13/09 2:00pm

A Sexy Lady With Two Navels Shows Dylan Hunt Her Agonizer

Long before Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda made it to the screen, the Star Trek creator made a show about Dylan Hunt, the man from the past. Here's an exclusive clip from Genesis II, which is finally appearing on DVD on Tuesday. » 10/02/09 12:00pm 10/02/09 12:00pm