Klingon to Run for House

John Hertzler, a Ulysses (NY) Town Board member, has announced that he will run as a Democrat hoping to win New York’s 23rd Congressional district from incumbent Tom Reed (R). Hertzler previously appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Klingon Martok. Making his run stranger, Hertzler has stated that he will run for Congress partly in the persona of Mark Twain, who spent several years living in Elmira, which is located in the district.
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Anaxar Lawsuit Allowed to Continue

Federal Judge R. Gary Klausner has ruled that the Axanar fan film was the type of “derivative work” which is barred by copyright law and has declared that Paramount’s lawsuit against the producers of Axanar can move forward. His ruling paves the way for a jury trial on whether Axanar is an infringement on Paramount’s copyrights. Klausner rejected the Axanar creators’ claims that their work was transformative parody or criticism.
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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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Obituary: Anton Yelchin

Actor Anton Yelchin (b.1989) died on June 16 when his car accidentally rolled backwards, crushing him against a brick piller. Yelchin is best known for portraying Chekov in the recent Star Trek movies. He also appeared in the movie Terminator Salvation and the miniseries Taken. He provided the voice of Clumsy Smurf in The Smurfs movies.

Obituary: Anthony Fredrickson

Scenic artist Anthony Fredrickson died on February 16. Fredrickson’s work appeared in Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: Insurrection as well as the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise. He also worked on make-up for the film Dick Tracy.

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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To Boldly Go…

CBS has announced that a new Star Trek series will debut in January 2017. Little information is being released about the series, but CBS has noted that it will be debut on their broadcast channel, but most of the episodes will be available on their streaming VOD service, CBS All Access.
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Obituary: Howard Anderson

Special effects artist Howard Anderson (b.1920) died on September 27. Anderson created special effects for the original Star Trek series as well as the 1960 The Time Machine and Phantom from Space. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the non-genre Tobruk.

Obituary: Bruce Hyde

Actor Bruce Hyde (b.1941) died on October 13. Hyde, who taught at St. Cloud State University, appeared in two episodes of Star Trek in 1966 as Kevin Riley. The majority of Hyde’s screen credits date to 1965 and 1966.

Strange New Worlds Contest

Simon & Schuster has announced that they will be running the Strange New Worlds Writing Contest in 2016 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek. Ten selections will be published in an official Star Trek anthology and two winners will also receive a Self-Publishing Package from Archway Publishing. Submission deadline is January 15, 2016.
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