My love affair with Star Trek started at a very early age. And like many from my generation it wasn’t actually the original series that drew me in but was in fact a certain bald headed Brit called Patrick Stewart. I was familiar with Kirk, Spock and McCoy and have a vague memory of watching the original series on Saturday mornings, because when I was younger they seemed to be on endless repeat thanks to BBC2.
I had certainly watched some of the movies but I cannot remember watching them at the time of the release, I suppose because I was too young. However in 1987 something wonderful happened, it was announced that Star Trek would be coming back to television with a show with the exotic sounding name (at least it was exotic to my 8 year old brain) Star Trek: The Next Generation, and my love affair commenced.
I avidly watched TNG and my favourite characters were Data, Picard and yes I’m sorry Wesley Crusher. The first ever episode even included a cameo by Doctor McCoy himself. From age 8 until the present day I was hooked, the adventures of Picard and co made me re-visit the original series and all the movies, really getting to know Kirk and crew.
At school my friend and I used to constantly re-enact the famous scene from Wrath of Khan where Spock dies. When I first watched that scene (the internet didn’t exist so I watched it spoiler free) I cried and genuinely thought that Spock had died, I was heartbroken, it still brings a tear to my eye.
Then in 1991 Undiscovered Country was released and for a brief shining moment, Picard and Kirk existed simultaneously with the Next Gen on TV and the original crew still alive and kicking (just about) in the cinematic universe.
I have continued to follow all things Trek and although I dabbled with Deep Space Nine, Voyager and really enjoyed Enterprise (there I said it) it is the original series and the Next Generation where my heart really belongs.
I thought Star Trek (2009) was brilliant and Into Darkness a solid action flick and I am intrigued as to where the franchise will go next but it is the characters that I am in love with. McCoy and Spock in particular, and it is the stories in the rich and vast universe of Trek that keep me invested in Star Trek and keep me championing the pioneering spirit of the Federation.
It has therefore been my great honour to be able to contribute my tiny part of Trek history by writing for Star Trek Magazine.
My regular contribution to the magazine has been “A Novel Approach” a column that delves into the expanded universe of the Star Trek novels.
I have been fortunate enough to speak with some great authors (including several New York Times Bestsellers) who have given me a behind the scenes glimpse into how these novels are created and how they keep finding new ways to deepen our love for our favourite characters.
My intention is for this page to act as a guide and news feed so you can find out about my latest assignments in the Star Trek universe, find out where to order the latest issues and to ask me any questions. Peace and Long Life.
Star Trek Magazine – A Novel Approach
Coming up in 2018 – Is there a Doctor in the house? I look at the ongoing adventures of Doctors Crusher and McCoy.
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Star Trek Discovery
I am pleased to announce that I am writing an episode by episode recap of the brand new Trek TV show, Star Trek Discovery. Even more exciting than that (if that’s even possible) is that the column called Discovering Trek is for the one of the best science fiction platforms in the universe, LSG Media. I have been following LSG for sometime and I am creatively thrilled to embark on this collaboration. The articles will act as a commentary and companion for each new episode, I may even dabble with reviewing other episodes and films from the franchise and see if I can rustle up the odd interview.