Sun, 18 December 2011
Larry Nemecek: The Con of Wrath.
Today, when someone mentions the word “convention” together with “Star Trek,” a certain image comes to mind. Record numbers of fans gathering in costume, huge productions in places like Las Vegas, and dozens of big-name stars headlining panel after panel. The conventions of today are slick productions, but it wasn’t always that way.
In this episode of Matter Stream we’re joined by renowned Star Trek historian Larry Nemecek to discuss Ultimate Fantasy 1982, his project to tell the story of one of the greatest debacles in fandom history, and what it meant for those involved and the future of conventions.
Sun, 11 December 2011
Athena Andreadis: 100-Year Starship Study.
When Star Trek premiered in 1966, the idea of traveling through space on a ship like the Enterprise was truly futuristic. Today, that same idea is accepted by many to be the inevitable outcome of our technological advancement. But is it really possible?
In this episode of Matter Stream we’re joined by Dr. Athena Andreadis, Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Andreadis is the author of the book To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek, and she spoke earlier this year at the 100-Year Starship Symposium.
Sun, 4 December 2011
Catherine Pooley: City of Vulcan.
Vulcan may have been destroyed in the 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek film, but never fear—you can still visit. And the best part is that you don’t even have to leave Earth to do it!
Imagine a landscape stretching from horizon to horizon, the scenery changing unexpectedly, highlighted by breathtaking sunsets. Only it’s not quite as far away as 40 Eridani, the real-world star system that is home to Spock’s birthplace. No, this Vulcan can be found right here on Earth. In this episode of Matter Stream we hop into our shuttle and make the short trip to the Canadian Badlands to talk to Catherine Pooley, Tourism Coordinator for the Town of Vulcan and Vulcan County in Alberta.