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Stardate 95140.07 through 95159.22

July 16, 2017 – July 22, 2017

Welcome to the third edition of GGA Ready Room! While we’re coming down from a SDCC high, let’s take a look at what Star Trek news we missed last week. As a reminder: the standard date for the post will be shown in the title  but the week being recapped (July 16 through July 22 in this case) will be shown in the main header in Stardate format as calculated by ST:Online – this calculator will be used since there is not a standard format across all the television shows and feature films and it is easily accessible.


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What have our favorite Star Trek players been up to? 

  • The new ST:Discovery crew was all over SDCC – and some even made time for a surprise visit to the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery to meet fans attending the Discovery Gallery! Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham), Jason Isaacs (Captain Lorca), Doug Jones (Lieutenant Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lieutenant Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Tilly) and James Frain (Sarek) greeted fans and goofed around the gallery, taking pictures with lucky gallery attendees in line and in the U.S.S. Discovery’s captain’s chair.
GGA Star Trek Ready Room Discovery Cast On PediCab SDCC 2017

Star Trek Discovery cast on a pedicab at SDCC 2017,

  • Karl Urban (“Kelvin Timeline” Doctor “Bones” McCoy, Star Trek 2009) was at San Diego Comic Con for his new movie: Thor: Ragnarok! Urban will play Skurge, an Asgardian warrior nicknamed “The Executioner”, who aligns with Hela and fights against Thor. Watch his interview below, courtesy of IGN:

  • LeVar Burton (Geordie LaForge, ST:TNG) has only reached Episode 6 of his Reading Rainbow-like podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, but he is already reaching out for fan suggestions. I don’t think this is because he has run out of stories to tell; it sounds to me like he wants to make sure he provides a well rounded literary experience for his fans. While he is reading and suggesting authors to us, he is by no means an expert in the literary world and it would be a disservice to us for him to assume that there is nothing he hasn’t read. Take him up on his offer and shoot him a reply with an author or a short story – and don’t forget your reasoning for the pick! 

  • An Englishman, an Irishman and A Scotsman walk into a joke… Robert Picardo (The Doctor, ST:Voyager) is co-starring in a new play by Dan Freeman called “A Joke” this coming August! The play has a small cast of three, Picardo, Sylvester McCoy, and Richard Oliver, and is “an existential comedy exploring the commonalities of structure between jokes, stories, music and life”. The crowdfunded play follows three characters that “try to work out where, when, who they are and whether the joke is, in fact, on them.” People that back the play can choose which “goodies” they receive, including signed memorabilia and worn costume pieces. If you live in the area and want to attend, tickets are available now for the rehearsals in Windsford and the final production at the Edinburgh Festival (sponsored by SpaceUK).
GGA Star Trek Ready Room A Joke Play by Dan Freeman

A Joke: a play by Dan Freeman


Real Life Trek Tech

It is no secret that Star Trek inspired an entire generation to seek STEM careers and that technology on the shows has prompted invention and innovation in real life. Whenever progress happens, we’ll try to document it right here!

  • NPR reports that hypospray-like devices are currently being developed by several companies. A previous version existed in the 1960s, when ST:TOS first aired, but those often left patients feeling “as if they had been punched.” New research and device development have knocked that pain level down to “snapped with a rubber band”, though some patients feel nothing at all since the entire process is one tenth of a second and the injection the size of a mosquito bite. If you had the option of a needle for your annual flu shot or this new technology, which would you choose? Me, I have a strange fascination with needles and half enjoy watching the metal pierce my skin. But for something of this level of Trek? Count me in!
GGA Star Trek Ready Room HypoSpray Technology via PharmaJet

Needle-free jet injector by PharmaJet



Mixed Media

Whether it be fan art, a mash-up music video, music from the series, game related news, or just recently discovered concept art, below you will find all the arts of Star Trek from this week.



Official Federation Sanctioned Events

If you are lucky enough to live near enough, one of the following events coming up this month may be of interest to you. If you do attend, take pictures and let us know how it went!

  • May 21, 2016 – December 31, 2017Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds in Seattle, Washington. This event is an exhibition showcasing the impact that Star Trek has had on every day life from culture and arts to technology and even sports.
  • July 08, 2016 – November 05, 2017Star Trek: The Exhibition – Blackpool in Blackpool, United Kingdom. Tour Star Trek’s fifty years of history! Andrew Edwards, stage designer, designed the exhibition with originals from the shows and movies for your viewing pleasure.
  • May 02, 2017 – July 30, 2017 Star Trek: Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga, New York. From Experience the iconic franchise with this meticulously designed TOS set tour that brings memories to life.
  • August 09, 2017 – August 12, 2017 Star Trek: Las Vegas 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual, official Star Trek convention is expected to be very ST:Discovery news heavy this year with an emphasis on real-life science and technology as it relates to Star Trek.


The Neutral Fan Zone

With SDCC going on this past week, a lot of attention was focused there and not much on the Fan Zone. Let’s change that for next week! Becoming the Fan of the Week is a simple two step process:

  1. Follow @geekgirlauth and
  2. Tweet any GGA Star Trek article with the tags #GGANews FanZone.

That’s it! Hope to see you in the twitter timeline for next week! 


Boldly Go On Your Way

This wraps up this week’s GGA Ready Room! Thank you for joining us as we explore the universe of Star Trek, one week at a time. If I missed anything, please let me know and it’ll be included in next week’s news round up! Until next time, boldly go on your way, in your own way, and report back your findings.

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