William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Lost Friendships

William Shatner published a new autobiography this week, Live Long and… What I Learned Along the Way. In the book, Shatner reveals that, when Leonard Nimoy died in 2015, he didn’t attend Nimoy’s funeral because of a Red Cross fundraiser in Florida scheduled for the same night as the funeral but because he had beenContinue reading “William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Lost Friendships”

On Sweetening the Farpoint Rewards Pot

Author extraordinare Dayton Ward can’t be at the Farpoint convention this weekend. He does, however, have a mission for congoers attending. One that, to some small degree, involves me. I’ll let Dayton explain fully, but here’s the gist. There are certain authors, myself among them, that he wants pictures taken of with a sign thatContinue reading “On Sweetening the Farpoint Rewards Pot”

On Ranking the Star Trek Directors

Science-fiction author John Scalzi ranks the Star Trek film directors for American Movie Classics’ website. Who’s best, who’s worst? Here’s Scalzi’s list (though without his commentary): Nick Meyer Leonard Nimoy Jonathan Frakes J.J. Abrams Robert Wise David Carson William Shatner Stuart Baird The problem I have with Scalzi’s list is that he’s confusing whether orContinue reading “On Ranking the Star Trek Directors”

On Talking With William Shatner

Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview William Shatner. He has a line of comics coming out from Bluewater Productions, an up-and-coming comic book company. Bluewater is adapting some of his science-fiction novels including TekWar and Quest for Tomorrow — and launching a new original-to-comics property — beginning with the William Shatner PresentsContinue reading “On Talking With William Shatner”

On William Shatner’s New Ambition

William Shatner wants to be the next PM of Canada. Okay, there’s a campaign I can support. I don’t know what his policies are. I don’t really care. It’s William Shatner! Canadian politico! Prime Minister! And what’s his position on Gundam Kim Jong-Il? Betcha Shatner can take him! That’s too awesome for words. Go, Shatner,Continue reading “On William Shatner’s New Ambition”

On William Shatner's Big Win

William Shatner received an Emmy Award tonight, his second in the past two years for his role as Denny Crane on Boston Legal. Shatner’s co-star, James Spader, also received an Emmy for his work on the series. Shatner’s Emmy is well-deserved. He’s done superlative work as Denny Crane, keeping the audience guessing as to whetherContinue reading “On William Shatner's Big Win”

On Shore Leave IV

Mystery Trekkie Theatre. It’s an annual tradition–Peter David, Mike Friedman, and Bob Greenberger play Mike and the ‘bots picking nits and making fun of Star Trek episodes. This year, they didn’t do a Trek episode. They dug up the 1964 Alexander the Great pilot, starring William Shatner and Adam West. Oh, the horror! The horror!Continue reading “On Shore Leave IV”