TrekMovie: The Roddenberry Archive Recreates Sets From First ‘Star Trek’ Pilot “The Cage”

TrekMovie: The Roddenberry Archive Recreates Sets From First ‘Star Trek’ Pilot “The Cage”. “The Gene Roddenberry estate is developing ‘The Roddenberry Archive,’ which is a multi-decade collaboration to collect and preserve Gene Roddenberry’s legacy at the highest levels of fidelity and historical accuracy. A number of Star Trek veterans are involved in the project, including artists Denise and Mike Okuda, Doug Drexler, and Daren Dochterman who are all working with the cloud graphics company OTOY. Their first project is to create a 1:1 virtual experience of The Motion Picture USS Enterprise.”

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Production Paused After More Than 50 Test Positive for COVID-19 (Exclusive) (Hollywood Reporter)

Hollywood Reporter: ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Production Paused After More Than 50 Test Positive for COVID-19 (Exclusive). “Sources say more than 50 members of the large production tested positive on Monday, which was the first day of work after the Christmas break. The Patrick Stewart-led series has one of television’s biggest crews, numbering more than 450 staffers. The infections impacted multiple zones, including cast in zone A.”

The Verge: Today I learned that the Death Star is the size of the Olympic Peninsula

The Verge: Today I learned that the Death Star is the size of the Olympic Peninsula. “Park My Spaceship is the simple, extremely amusing app I didn’t know I needed. It allows you to superimpose to-scale images of notable spacecraft from sci-fi shows and movies over Google Maps. That’s it. It’s great. You can check to see if Serenity would fit in your backyard or if the Millennium Falcon could land in your neighborhood park.” Not new, but new-to-me.

‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry’s Estate Brokers Sweeping Digital Archive Deal With OTOY (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)

Variety: ‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry’s Estate Brokers Sweeping Digital Archive Deal With OTOY (EXCLUSIVE). “The project will include key texts and documents from Roddenberry’s career (the show predicted tablet computers among many other gadgets, after all), as well as images, blueprints and models. The archive will span the flagship ‘Star Trek’ series, original films, and subsequent spinoffs. The immediate benefit of the archive will be the ability to generate NFTs from the collection for Trek diehards, as well as offer the public life-sized hologram installations that promise to be “indistinguishable from reality” via Light Field Lab.”

CNET: William Shatner turns 90, AI version of him will live on indefinitely

CNET: William Shatner turns 90, AI version of him will live on indefinitely. “Captain James T. Kirk, 90 years old? The flirtatious caption of Star Trek’s Enterprise will always be young on screen, but the actor who played him, William Shatner, turned 90 on Monday. And he announced that he’s creating an interactive AI-powered video ‘so family and friends can interact with him for years to come.’”

TrekMovie: Frugal Trekkies’ Guide To Enjoying Star Trek For Free

TrekMovie: Frugal Trekkies’ Guide To Enjoying Star Trek For Free. “These are difficult times with many tightening their belts, yet at the same time finding themselves with more free time. But even if you are on a strict budget there are many ways to enjoy Star Trek without actually spending any money, including some new limited time free offers from companies looking to help during the pandemic that is keeping so many of us under quarantine. So, we have put together a number of ways Star Trek fans can watch, read, listen, and more without leaving home or spending any money at all.”

Engadget: Fan uses AI to remaster ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ in HD

Engadget: Fan uses AI to remaster ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ in HD. “Unfortunately, you’re highly unlikely to see an official remaster of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Its special effects were shot on video rather than added to film, making an already daunting remastering process that much more difficult — and since it’s not a tentpole show like The Next Generation, CBS might not consider it worth the effort. Machine learning might make it easier for fans to fill the gap, however.”

A New Database of Star Trek Books

Via Reddit, I learned about a new database of Star Trek books. From the About page: “The purpose of this website is to provide a searchable database of Star Trek novels to make it easier for fans of written Star Trek fiction to find books to read. This unofficial database allows you to find books by keyword, author, series, captain, starship, TV show and year. I have attempted to sort all books in chronological order using the various sources listed below, but there were some contradictions and inconsistencies.”

VR Focus: Learn Star Trek’s 52-Year History At The Roddenberry Nexus

VR Focus: Learn Star Trek’s 52-Year History At The Roddenberry Nexus. “Star Trek fans might be enjoying some gameplay sessions on Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation DLC at the moment but those interested in learning about its history can do so in a new immersive way today. Sansar and Roddenberry Entertainment have collaborated on the Roddenberry Nexus, a portal into the Star Trek universe where fans can see the best of Roddenberry’s science fiction properties.”