There's the new movie in production, of course, watched avidly by the general Trek fan sites like Trek Core, Trek Today and Trek Movie. There have been a few interview comments by Simon Pegg, one of the movie's writers, in which his confidence and enthusiasm seem to vary. Apparently there's a lot of re-writing going on, even during production?
There were also the first statements by Justin Lin, the new movie's director, indicating that he actually did grow up with Star Trek. So deciding to direct the movie was a "very personal and emotional decision."
As for Star Trek stars, there's the new video by William Shatner about the first years of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Chaos on the Bridge," which seems to entail a lot of anti-GR promotional hype, regardless of the video's contents. Adam Nimoy conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign for the documentary he's making about his father Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek called For the Love of Spock. (That's Adam and dad on the Trek set in the top photo.)
helped the Japanese American Museum of Los Angeles acquire artifacts that illustrate and document the internments. Now if he--or the media he feeds--could just get over his anti-Shatner schtick.
Even after suffering a mild stroke, Nichelle Nichols announced she will fly on a NASA mission--not quite into space, but close. Publicizing his new series "Blunt Talk" Patrick Stewart said that he wished politicians would spend more time watching Star Trek: Next Generation, because Jean-Luc Picard showed that "people don't have to die to achieve a satisfactory solution to anything...I believe that we reach for the weapons far too quickly."
Speaking of Doctor Who (wasn't I?), two pieces caught my eye: one that interested me because it expressed some of my misgivings about the Steven Moffat era, and about the last Sherlock series as well. However the piece also made me want to immediately defend Moffat, especially as an amazing writer. I guess that means I have misgivings but not as many or much as reported in that article.
The other was on the apparently hot topic of whether the next Doctor should be a woman. Among those saying "no" is a woman author, AL Kennedy. This Guardian piece is fascinating not only for her point of view on this element but on the Doctor in general.
Back to Trek: Slate has a podcast with Manu Saadia, author of a book entitled Trekonomics. It links to a site with an "amusing" clips video about it. What I've heard and read is not as impressive as the Rick Webb article I cited in a post here that I called, oddly enough, "Trekonomics." And some of what he says on the podcast about the characters is completely wrongheaded. But it's interesting that people are seriously examining Trekonomics, particularly at this historical moment, for reasons I begin to suggest in my earlier post.
Slate also republished an essay-answer to the question "Which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek?" by Jon Ferreira. He came out in favor of Star Trek as the more substantive. One of the factors he named was "The Soul of Star Trek." Now I know I was the first with that one.
Billions and Billions of Earths?
latest Earth.2) has led a NASA scientist to estimate (or exclaim) that our single galaxy is host to at least "a billion Earths."
Like a lot of the extra-solar planet news, you need to go beyond the headlines. It doesn't mean a billion Earth duplicates, even physically. But it does evoke the "similar worlds" theory that provided so many Star Trek stories in the original series, when budgets precluded more than atmospheric coloring, old movie style props and some makeup for "alien" actors.
So at least for the moment, Charon has craters named after Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and other Star Trek characters, as well as names from Star Wars, Doctor Who and Serenity.