Star Trek Corn Maze

Richardson Farms, located in Spring Grove, IL, near the border with Wisconsin, claims to have the world’s largest corn maze and each year the maze is planted with a theme. This year’s maze will be themed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The maze contains more than 11 miles of trails and will feature the likenesses of Kirk, Spock, the Enterprise, and the Star Trek logo. The maze will be open from September 3 to October 31.

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Wild Cards Coming to TV

George R. R. Martin has announced that his long-running anthology series Wild Cards has been acquired for television adaptation by Universal Cable Productions.

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Star Trek Stamps

The United States Post Office has announced that they will release a series of four stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of the debut of the original Star Trek television series. The designs show the starship Enterprise within the Starfleet insignia, the silhouette of a crewman caught in a transporter beam, the Enterprise shown from above, and the Vulcan hand salute often used by one of the show’s leading characters, Mr. Spock, framing a view of the Enterprise in orbit around a planet.

Several stamps with space themes, including a series commemorating the exploration of Pluto, a series focusing on the other 8 planets in the solar system, and a stamp with an image of the moon will also be issued in 2016.

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Batmobile Sold

The original Batmobile designed by George Barris for the 1966 television show Batman sold at auction on January 19 for $4.2 million. The car, which was built on the chassis of the Lincoln Futura concept car, has been in Barris’s possession since it was created, although there are other copies of the car that have been sold. The name of the purchaser has not been disclosed.

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First Non-Human Jeopardy! Contestant

The American game show Jeopardy! will feature a series of three games between champion players Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and an IBM computer, named Watson, from February 14-16, 2011. IBM has been in talks with the show’s producers for two years for the match-up, which IBM sees as a major test for their computer. Before the show’s producers would agree, the computer had to pass the same test human have to take. The purse for the three-day tournament will be $1,000,000, with the entire amount going to charity if Watson wins and 50% going to charity if one of the humans wins.

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The Science Fiction Museum in Seattle has announced that it will host an exhibit on Battlestar Galactica in cooperation with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy. The display will open on October 23 and will include props from the recently aired show, including three full sized spaceships and costumes. The exhibit will run through March 4, 2012.

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Doctor Who Museum to Close

The Doctor Who Museum in Blackpool, England, is scheduled to close on November 8. First opened in 2004, the museum will remain open from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm every day until then. The museum’s collection of Doctor Who props and costumes will be redistributed to other Doctor Who exhibitions throughout the United Kingdom.

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Auction Galactica

Props and costumes from Battlestar Galactica are being auctioned off on E-bay. Some of the items include a full size raptor, various chairs from the ships, rank pins, and photographs of President Roslin and her family.

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Fan on Jeopardy

In the current Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, finalist Larissa Kelly is the author of the short story “Engines of Survival,” published in Strange Horizons in December 2008. In Kelly’s previous run, she set an initial five day record, beating the initial five day record set by Ken Jennings, and set a record for the most money won on Jeopardy! by a woman. The finals air on March 23 & 24.

Sci Fi Channel Changes Name

The SciFi Channel has announced plans to change their name to SyFy. The rebranding is an attempt to more fully own the channel’s name, which can’t be done with the current “Sci Fi Channel” name since sci fi is in too widespread use to be trademarked. According to new Sci Fi President Dave Howe, Sci Fi was too limiting and didn’t include fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, action, or superheroes.