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Stardate 95120.91 through 95140.06

July 09, 2017 – July 15, 2017

Welcome to the second edition of GGA Ready Room! While we’re gearing up for SDCC, 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 9 through July 15 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.


Featured Summary


What have our favorite Star Trek players been up to? 

  • Kirk Thatcher is probably most known for his work as director on Muppets shows and movies, but for Star Trek, he is known as Assistant/Associate Producer for and plays “Punk on Bus” in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. It has been revealed that he plays a small role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, too! As an homage / easter egg, even! Thatcher reprises his role as The Punk and is credited as “Punk on Street”, boombox included! His appearance is toward the beginning of the film, so keep your eyes out!





A Look Back This Week in Star Trek History  

What episodes of what shows aired this time in history? What movies were released? If these are questions you constantly ask, you’ll find the answer here!

  • ST:TNG, Season 2, Episode 22, “Shades of Gray”, July 15, 1989


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.

  • Ever dream of visiting Qo’noS, the Klingon home world, but don’t speak Klingon? Well, Dayton Ward has what you need! Published under Insight Editions’ Hidden Universe Travel Guide series, Star Trek: The Klingon Empire is your guide to everything from Klingon history to where to go while you visit – and how to not accidentally find yourself on the wrong end of a Bat’leth! The travel guide can be purchased directly from Insight Editions as well as other major market book dealers.
Insight Editions' Star Trek: Klingon Empire - A Klingon Travel Guide

  • Photography has come a long way since it was first commercially available in 1839. Photographers seem to find ways to put their own unique spin on the art, whether it be by using digital manipulation or multiple exposure or some secret process. Photographer Rory Lewis has created an homage to the Renaissance painter Caravaggio, and has been fortunate enough to photograph Sir Patrick Stewart. The artful image can be seen in the tweet below but do check out Mr. Lewis’ website for more information and to see others in the series!


  • Did you know that Apple iOS supports the Klingon language? This may be a way for you to learn the language before taking advantage of Dayton Ward’s travel guide!


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.
  • July 23, 2017 – Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Concert in London, United Kingdom. This is another symphonic event, but it showcases all the music of the fifty years of Star Trek.


En Memorium 

Red shirts are not the only crew members lost in Star Trek. We pay our respects to the following men and women that served their time with Starfleet, the Federation, or touched some form of the Star Trek universe:

  • Star Trek Beyond production designer, Thomas E. Sanders (1953 – 2017), passed away at the age of 63 on July 06, 2017, following a battle with cancer. reported his passing on July 13. In addition to his work on Star Trek Beyond, Sanders worked as Production Designer on many notable films, including Secretariat, Mission: Impossible II, and Braveheart. Sanders also provided his skills as Art Director for films, including the Robin William’s story of Peter Pan, Hook. As part of the Art Department, he is credited with work on the Michael Crichton film adaptation of Timeline. For a look at what the world lost with Sanders’ passing, his resume website, Tom’s Projects, has a small gallery of his work as well as conceptual designs.
Thomas E Sanders "On Phone" from Toms Projects Net

The Neutral Fan Zone

Congratulations to Ben Roethig on being this week’s Fan of the Week!

GGA Ready Room Fan Zone Ben Roethig July 16 2017

How to submit yourself for the GGA Ready Room Fan Zone: Follow @geekgirlauth and tweet any GGA Star Trek article with the tags #GGANews #FanZone. That’s it! 


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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