Star Trek

History of the Future: Everything You Need to Know Before ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

June 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

Created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966, Star Trek has become a cultural icon that has spanned over five decades. Noted for its cultural influences and progressive civil rights acts, Trek included one of television’s first multiracial casts and the first onscreen interracial kiss. While the original show only aired for three seasons, Star Trek now spans over six syndicated television shows, 725 episodes, and 13 major motion pictures. Not to mention the hundreds of graphic novels, comics, //

VCR Wars: Why Do Star Trek and Star Wars Fans Talk So Much Trash?

May 24, 2017 // 5 Comments

Picard has that voice, but Han Solo has hair. Redshirts always die, but Stormtroopers can’t hit the broadside of a bantha. Tribbles took out a Klingon ship, but Ewoks helped destroy the Death Star. James T. Kirk shook things up with TV’s first interracial kiss. And, well, Luke Skywalker kinda made out with his sister. Both Star Trek and Star Wars are spectacular and space-shattering franchises, and both have spawned a new frontier of fanfiction writing, cosplaying, //

Fanfiction Writer and Literary Agent Leslie E. Owen on Star Trek, Reboots, and How to Write Great Characters

March 30, 2017 // 1 Comment

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our fourth interview, I talked to Leslie E. Owen, a literary agent and lifelong Star Trek fan. In the following interview, we discussed the emotional impact of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, why the J. J. Abrams reboots are “eminently forgettable,” and how talking to people at the fishmonger’s can help you write compelling //

Writing Magic: Politicizing Fan Culture

February 22, 2017 // 9 Comments

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“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable both of inflicting injury and remedying it.” ~ Albus Dumbledore Fans are no doubt aware that online fanfics and the communities in which they circulate house rich critiques about gender, sexuality, race and identity. In fact, many fan writers deliberately insert feminist discourse, gender theory, and class commentary into their stories to make complex academic theories accessible for all readers. //

Fic and Fan Blog Writer Mr_Picard on Star Trek, Homophobia, and True Love

December 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our third interview, I talked to Alexander (or Mr_Picard), a dedicated fanfiction writer and fan blogger who runs Patrick Stewart News. In the following interview, we discussed the Star Trek fandom, “low key homophobia” in comment sections, and falling in love with a fictional character. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: First of all, you refer //

Gates McFadden on Pranks, Sexism, and Spandex: Tales from Hal-Con

November 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

Last Sunday, FAN/FIC Magazine was granted a one-day pass to Hal-Con, the biggest, geekiest sci-fi convention in Atlantic Canada. Remarkably, it was also the first fan convention I’ve ever attended. So, armed with my con survival pack, I headed into the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre to get my geek on. First, I hit up the vendor floor, where hundreds of artists, craftsmen, jewellers, and sellers had set up shop. Crammed onto the exhibition floor in the Scotiabank Centre, there was //

REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond is a Fun and Familiar Homage to the Original Series

September 12, 2016 // 2 Comments

Likely the most common complaint about J.J. Abrams’ two Star Trek films (2009’s eponymous reboot and 2013’s Into Darkness) is that they felt more like Star Wars than Trek – perhaps signifying Abrams was actually auditioning to take the reigns of George Lucas’ beloved space opera franchise. That Abrams went on to direct 2015’s The Force Awakens, spurning this third entry in the reboot series he began, is not irrelevant information, but it begs the question of just how dissimilar //

New Star Trek Series Will Have to Push Boundaries to Succeed

December 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

This November, CBS announced a new Star Trek TV series, which will be available in 2017 on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service priced at $5.99 a month. When the new series premieres, it will be the first new Star Trek episode to broadcast on TV twelve years after Enterprise was cancelled in 2005 due to low ratings. But CBS President and CEO Les Moonves predicts the new series will “make all Star Trek fans very proud … We can see //