News Roundup: Browse the Starlog Catalog, Enter the Best Buy Sweepstakes, RIP Real-Life Porthos, and More!
by Mariel Keeran
For the week of April 5-11, 2013
Starlog Magazine now available through Internet Archive
Source: Subspace Communique
Back in the days before the Internet, Trek fans had to get their fix through traditional media, better known as magazines. One of the best places to get the latest sci-fi updates was Starlog Magazine and, if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can now browse through 20 years of issues on The Internet Archive. The archive spans the years 1976-1996 and is a veritable treasure trove of sci-fi history. Although the magazine covered all sci-fi content, Starlog Magazine did more than its fair share of covering Star Trek news and happenings. In fact, it was in Starlog Magazine that Dan Madsen placed an ad to start a Star Trek fan club — a fan club that eventually evolved into the officially licensed Star Trek fan club. Starlog ceased operations in April 2009.
Rare Star Trek prop sold at auction
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Do you remember the phaser rifle William Shatner used in Where No Man Has Gone Before? Now, do you remember ever seeing it used again? That’s because you didn’t. This prop, which was recently sold at an auction for $231,000, was created by toy designer Reuben Klamer and used by Shatner only once in the series. There are publicity photos of Shatner as Kirk which feature the rifle, as well as an early lunchbox, but the rifle was returned to Klamer after the episode was completed. Where No Man Has Gone Before was filmed as a second pilot but then used as the third episode of the show.
Into Darkness advance ticket sales crash website
Source: Total Film
On Wednesday, UK Trek fans looking to purchase advance tickets to see Into Darkness at BFI IMAX in London crashed the website booking system. BFI and ODEON both tweeted reassurances that the system would be back up and running quickly, while Paramount’s tweet provided a phone number to call and buy tickets. The only other movie to generate more traffic than the site could handle (in the case of Into Darkness, ten times more traffic) was The Dark Knight Rises.
Best Buy offers Into Darkness sweepstakes
Source: Best Buy
Best Buy is offering their own Into Darkness sweepstakes for Reward Zone members. Three grand prize winners will receive two tickets to the L.A. premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness. The prize also includes airfare, hotel, and transportation for the winner and one guest.
Ten first prize winners will receive an Into Darkness fan pack, and three second prize winners will receive an Into Darkness movie poster signed by J.J. Abrams. Members can enter to win under their Reward Zone ID and can enter once per day during the entry period, which ends on April 21. Entrants must be 21 years of age and older to enter.
Second book announced for Rise of the Federation series
Source: The Trek Collective
Although the Enterprise novel Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures is still months from release, author Christopher L. Bennett has announced that he has already started the next novel in the series, Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel. According to Bennett, the next book will move forward to the year 2164 and start laying the groundwork for the world of The Original Series. Tower of Babel has no release date yet, but look for the first book, A Choice of Futures, to hit shelves June 25.
Cumberbatch cast in Crimson Peak
Source: Geeks of Doom
If Star Trek Into Darkness and the hit series Sherlock on BBC aren’t enough to quench your need for Benedict Cumberbatch, stay tuned for Crimson Peak, a “haunted-house movie” directed by Guillermo Del Toros. Said to be a “Gothic horror about a woman whose husband may not be who he appears to be,” the movie will also star Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam. Production is set to begin in February 2014, although no release date is set.
Real-life Porthos passes away
The real Porthos, who inspired Brannon Braga to give the same name to Captain Archer’s prized beagle, has passed away. Braga tweeted the news on Tuesday night. “The real life Porthos — my nephew’s dog — passed away last week.” We here at Trek.fm extend our condolences to Braga’s nephew and his family for their loss.