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Star Trek, B5, Dark Skies and Stephen Hawking
Bryce Zabel, among other things one of the smart heads behind the Dark Skies TV series that not just had a nice sixties-era scifi storyline about an alien invasion, but also introduced us to Jeri Ryan, just posted on his Blog about his an JMS' Star Trek Reimagining. It's a PDF you can get from there, and you can also read about a Stephen Hawking quote that puts the world-renowned physicist on the same page as Ray Bradbury and Gordon R. Dickson.
Lots of very interesting material. Must read if you're in any way a fan of Scifi. Let's just hope that J. J. Abrams does just as well with his idea for a Star Trek remake. And let's hope he kept the Prime Directive, because while it definitely started out as a throwaway plot device, I'm not really happy about the Crusade-esque "anything I have to" permission they want to give the Enterprise.
Update: I'd completely forgotten about this, but TrekWeb just ran a piece on it again, so let me also point you at the nifty Star Trek Reborn, which is a darn nice attempt by fans at doing something very similar to what Zabel and Straczynski were planning. Those fans are pretty good authors, too. One warning, though: The stories are in the form of TV scripts, not as regular prose.
|Jeremy Grunloh, Star Trek (Reborn) creator writes:|
Thanx for your kind words on ST(R). It was very strange for me when I learned the intent behind JMS's pitch. When I started talking about this back in late 2005, nobody had even mentioned the notion of doing a TOS reboot/remake/re-imagining (at least nobody I knew on Trekweb, and I know virtually everyone over there). However, when I did bring it up, I stirred up a hornet's nest; the more excitable canon-devoted sect fliped out on me. ;)
However, recently--due to Abrams plans for the next Trek movie and the scoop on exactly what JMS had pitched to Paramount--it seems that the idea of re-casting Kirk, Spock and Bones, and the TOS itself in some fashion, has started to gain acceptance.
What's that called when ideas, that are very similar, all occur around the same time?
Again, thanx for your recommendation. :)