The murder story takes place in a starship replica set where fans can have an experience with the actual star of a cult failed science fiction series. However this isn't a case of going where no TV series has gone before--CSI for one also investigated a murder on an Enterprise-like bridge at a convention. But both are as much homages to the movie Galaxy Quest, which of course was inspired by Star Trek and its fans.
Wil Wheaton was one of the Trek actors who did a Leverage episode, and he has since become a recurring guest on The Big Bang Theory. Wheaton is a remarkable story--from being often reviled by fans who hated Wesley Crusher to a much admired geek icon today.
Articulate, intelligent, sincere and funny, Wheaton engineered his rehabilitation largely through the Internet, but he's not the only Trek figure who has made a new name for himself in cyberspace. A recent American Prospect article is called:George Takei, Living Long and Prospering from Social Media, subtitled How the former Star Trek star has become internet’s funny, corny uncle and its moral compass.
Based on his role as Captain Picard as well as Professor X, Patrick Stewart (another Twitter star) became the first living actor to appear on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine (where I published a half dozen articles in what seems like a former life) for their s/f issue. Here's his interview. The issue also includes interesting observations by s/f authors on the apparently opposite utopia/dystopia trends for the future.
As space science continues to make discoveries suggesting possibilities of alien life (such as a liquid sea the size of Lake Superior on a Saturn moon, waves on a methane sea on Titan, but especially the discovery of a rocky planet close to the size of Earth, an "Earth cousin" that "may be capable of supporting life as we know it,") the New Yorker speculates on what alien intelligence might actually be like--and whether we would even recognize it. After all, we haven't been so astute on recognizing other intelligences on Earth.
Finally, a sad note: the death of Nancy Malone, who among her many accomplishments as an actor and director, directed several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. May she rest in peace. Her work lives on.