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Noting that Netflix isn't doing business inside mainland China, but they are offering their services in Traditional and Simplified Chinese langages anyway in assorted other markets.

Also noting that Star Trek: Discovery is being carried outside of the US and Canada by Netflix.

One of the supporting cast ships in the new series is USS Shenzhou NCC-1227.

Wondering if the dedication plaque will credit the Dalian Yards in mainland China for that starship. Dalian is where mainland China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaonang, was refitted to their navy's requirements.
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...that I just finished up the DS9 novel Enigma Tales by Una McCormack. Garak and Pulaski crossing paths, and...occasionally, metaphorical swords as well. Worth a few hours and a few dollars, I'd say.
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Am I really the first Dreamwidth user to list Treknology as an interest?
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Previously, we had Margaret Atwood finally getting into writing for comics with Angel Catbird. Now this.

Can we get a deal between Hayden Taylor and Pocket Books re: Trek novels?

From Q's YouTube page: Growing up, Drew Hayden Taylor immersed himself in science fiction books yet he often felt left out. Unable to see his own Ojibway experiences reflected in these works of literature, Taylor has since written a number of books through the perspective and lens of Indigenous people. He joins guest host Candy Palmater to discuss his collection of indigenous sci-fi stories in his new book "Take Us to Your Chief".
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Today, here in Ottawa-Gatineau, we got thoroughly soaked. Rainfall warning, thunderstorm warning, special weather statement...you get the idea here.

Rewatched Star Trek XIII (AKA "Beyond") today in 2D format while the lightning played outside. Compliments again to designer Sean Hargreaves for their part in that movie.

If there's one question I'd put to Messrs. Pegg and Jung in their role as writers, it's this: if you were using ST: Star Charts as your reference maps, where would you want the Yorktown Base/Altamid neighbourhood to fit into those maps?

Job search note: despite currently being employed, I am still actively looking. Alerts subscribed to via the federal job bank, indeed.ca, Workopolis, glassdoor.com and a few other outfits.
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So this is what's been unveiled about what I call "the Toronto Project today". Hero ship design recalls work from Ralph McQuarrie's studio, and the name makes me expect an Arthur C. Clarke quotation on its dedication plaque.

http://www.startrek.com/article/introducing-the-u-s-s-discovery
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Inspired by the Axanar arguments.

"Star Trek fans have always had a developed sense of ownership in the series and its elements. It is a core aspect of Star Trek, and one that Roddenberry himself constantly nurtured."

I fear this will not end well for anyone involved, if it continues in any of several ways threatened.

Also I consider this: it is now demonstrated as a matter of historical fact that CBS/Paramount cannot hope to meet the demand for product by its own devices. And that range of devices is considerable. That they wish to do so, that they wish to be able to do so, is also beyond dispute. But it's not practically possible.

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I've seen the first trailers for Independence Day: Resurgence and Star Trek: Beyond.

The former gets the "high spectacle" vote from me, but the latter? I don't know yet. The characters I know from the last two installments of that version seem pretty much in character, of course, but I didn't see enough to really get a feel for wherever it's going.

Back to the former for a moment: I had a look at the tie-in website, warof1996.com as well. Seems to cover most of the questions people were likely to ask about "where has that version of the world gone since those three days", to be sure. One minor disappointment: lack of deep background on each of the cities attacked as identified. We got a number: 108. We got the locations, and someone's certainly going to write up a complete listing of them so that people won't have to mess around with the website interface. And while I understand that to dig into that level of detail would likely take a couple of hardcover novels or a few seasons' worth of TV...ah well.

Chalk all of that up as being in the "nice to have" column, I suppose.
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...and I'm not thrilled because of the paywall plan CBS has in the works for the States. Also, I suspect they'll insist that every international partner conduct themselves in similar fashion. So, in Canada, that will mean Netflix, Shomi or Crave.

Am I wrong?
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Two of my friendlisters are celebrating such today, and have already been messaged on Facebook accordingly. I note they share that day with the anniversary of the first airdate of the first aired episode of Star Trek's original series on NBC!

Warp Factor Four, everyone!
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Found out over the radio this afternoon.
He had a long life and prosperity of several kinds.
May he now know peace and satisfaction.
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Many happy returns of the day to you!

Also, thanks for DS9: The Missing! Seeing Beverly, Katherine, and others through different eyes like this>? Worth the money at the bookstore!

Wondering what Elim Garak might make of Cohen's song "Democracy"...?
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On a more positive note...stumbled across this on YouTube tonight...



Getting the sense that this is what Drexler, Okuda and company were aiming for in their work on the 2150's travel pod cockpit designs for Enterprise.

Trouble is, I worry that such design choices could backfire on the crews of Orion-type mission vehicles. One sufficiently nasty solar flare...? But surely, the designers of this real-'verse cockpit have already anticipated such things?
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You remember this posting?

Well, I've got some disappointing news linkage for you.

To be honest, I'd prefer that the fund-raising go ahead for real. As I said earlier, better to cure that petro-dependency now than later.

But it's not up to me, right?
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I was just reading up on an interview with Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz in today's Toronto Star.

And for some reason as yet unclear to me, I find myself wondering if she's ever been a Star Trek fan to any degree at all.

Because I'd like to see her try her hand at writing a novel set in those worlds.

Looking forward to reading her memoirs ASAP, because I've been reading good things about that particular book in several quarters...
dewline: (Canadian spaceflight)
CBC Music's Tom Allen gives us a bit of musical history...presented in a somewhat unorthodox yet still logical fashion. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] robertjsawyer via his Facebook postings for this one.

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Picked up a couple of books yesterday.

1. Space: 1999 - Aftershock and Awe by Andrew Gaska, Grey Morrow, Miki and David Hueso

Collected edition from Archaia Black Label, featuring old and new material in the "Awe" story - a retelling of "Breakaway" with elements from several sources, including an earlier script for the pilot of that TV series, and older material from Power Records and Charlton Comics as well...and characters from later episodes thrown into the mix as well.

And then there's "Aftershock", telling the tale as experienced by those left behind on Earth. As you might guess, catastrophe physics has its way with the lives of millions. Also mildly surprising was the decision to go straight to "alternative history" as well, with elements like John F. Kennedy surviving all the way from 1963 as a driving political force behind the organization(s) that built Moonbase Alpha.

Recommended.

2. Star Trek: The Fall - Peaceable Kingdoms by [livejournal.com profile] daytonward.

This wraps up the pentalogy begun with Revelation and Dust four months ago. It ends pretty much as I hoped it would, with consequences meet for many future writers in this particular Trek novel-'verse to play with for years to come. At least one character ends up in a place where there's hope for many political adventures to occupy more nights.

(Yes, I do believe politics can be an adventure. If practiced well, in fiction or reality. Sometimes, it can even be inspiring and in several good ways. But I digress...)

There was one revelation that I considered a false note - not sure I want to get into details yet - in what was otherwise a very good yarn indeed.

Recommended.

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