Posts Tagged ‘Star Trek’

Library Addition: Three Signed K.W. Jeter Books

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

More purchases from the estate of Fred Duarte, in this case three inscribed K.W. Jeter media tie-in novels:

  • Jeter, K.W. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Bloodletter. Pocket Books, 1993. First edition paperback original, a Near Fine+ copy with slight wear along spine edges and points. Inscribed by Jeter: “For Fred +/Meschke/Signed @/Confrancisco/Best/Wishes/K.W. Jeter.” Karen Meschke was then Fred’s wife (they later divorced) and con chair of the 1997 San Antonio Worldcon. The proceeds of the sale of Fred’s books went to their son, Matthew Duarte.

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  • Jeter, K.W. Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars. SFBC, 1999. First edition hardback thus (omnibus edition containing The Mandalorian Armor, Slave Ship, and Hard Merchandise), first hardback editions of all titles, and first edition of Hard Merchandise (as per ISFDB), a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, inscribed by Jeter.
  • Jeter, K.W. Star Wars: The Mandalorian Armor. Bantam Spectra, 1998. First edition paperback original, a Near Fine+ copy with crease at front bottom right corner and wear at points, inscribed by Jeter.

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  • Interesting Essay on Acting in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Monday, June 13th, 2016

    Here’s an interesting piece on the acting in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

    You could study Wrath of Khan as a portrait of different performing styles. Consider William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and a central paradox of their chemistry. Spock is the alien – a being who strives to rid himself of all emotion – but past a certain point, you notice how Nimoy is a much more natural performer, communicating so much with droll phrasing lilts and micro-gestures. Whereas the human Kirk is played by Shatner, one of Hollywood’s great experts in hyperbole. (Khan is Shatner at his most wide-eyed.) As a young actor, Nimoy learned the Method and idolized Brando; Shatner came up performing energetic Shakespeare. That doesn’t make one better nor one worse – the dissonance is the key – but it adds layers to their pairing. You associate Spock with explicit stiffness – he’s a freaking Vulcan – but Nimoy’s acting is maybe more “cinematic,” eye-focused, while Shatner is more “theatrical,” full-bodied.

    Plus a lot about how director Nicholas Meyer sets up shots for maximum effect.

    It’s a very interesting essay on the best Star Trek movie. Read the whole thing.

    (Hat tip: Derek Johnson.)

    Leonard Nimoy, RIP

    Friday, February 27th, 2015

    Super brief because I need to be back at work, but I wanted to note the passing of Leonard Nimoy at age 83. He was great as Spock, perhaps the best actor in a very fine ensemble cast, and also extremely good in several other roles. A good actor and, by all accounts, a classy, stand-up guy.

    Shatner vs. Gorn II

    Thursday, March 28th, 2013

    Brilliant on a whole lot of levels:

    One funny thing: The video game obviously has Kirk 2.0 rather than the Shatner version.

    I suspect that someday Shatner’s later commercials may come to be seen as one of his most substantial bodies of work…

    Attention German TV: Star Trek Forces Were Not Involved in the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

    “Yesterday a German news station had a major image fail. While covering the US Navy SEALs operation to kill Osama bin Laden they mistook a Star Trek fan-made emblem for the Maquis for the actual SEAL Team Six emblem.”

    Evidently the Klingon skull and bat’leth blades simply weren’t a sufficient giveaway…

    Vaguely related: Star Wars Propaganda posters.

    (Hat tip: Instapundit.)

    Shatner Update: Shatner Sings Again!

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

    You may have noticed that I’m a fan of William Shatner. I’m not so much of a fan of his music (or his direction; William Shatner still owes me $3.50 for Star Trek V); in fact, putting on a copy of The Transformed Man is a good way to clear out a room after a party. But Shatner being Shatner, that hasn’t stopped him, and he’s now putting out a new album.

    A few notes:

    He can’t sing, but Shatner has pretty good taste in music. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and Peter Shilling’s “Major Tom,” “Iron Man,” tasty tracks one and all.

    He also has lined up some pretty big names to help him out. Check out this list:

  • Peter Frampton
  • Steve Howe
  • Bootsy Collins
  • Alan Parsons
  • Johnny Winter
  • Patrick Moraz of Yes
  • Edgar Froese from Tangerine Dream
  • Dave Davies from The Kinks
  • Toots of Toots and the Maytals
  • John Wetton (of King Crimson, UK, and Asia)
  • Carmine Appice
  • Steve Hillage
  • Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourn’s guitarist)
  • Half of Deep Purple
  • That’s not a lineup of sidemen, that’s the roster of a major benefit concert.

    This is pretty much obligatory:

    Playboy Playmate, Star Trek Actress Charged With Murder

    Thursday, October 21st, 2010

    Dwight mentioned this but didn’t blog about it: Former 1968 Palyboy Playmate of the Year Angela Dorian (AKA Victoria Rathgeb, AKA Victoria Vetri) has been charged with attempted murder for shooting her boyfriend during an argument.

    What he didn’t mention was that she also appeared on an episode of Star Trek, among other shows. (She even appeared in Rosemary’s Baby.)

    Hat tip: Ace of Spades‘s newsfeed.

    Shatner! In! The! New! York! Times!

    Saturday, September 4th, 2010

    Because I know you just can’t get enough Shatner in your diet, here’s a long New York Times interview/profile with the man, the myth, the legend himself, Mr.! William! Shatner!

    (And yes, he does the one word thing himself…)

    And now for something vaguely Star Trek-related

    Friday, December 11th, 2009

    I have a co-worker with a number of Spock sketches up on his whiteboard (which I actually started), with Evil Spock (with beard), Vincent van Spock (one ear), etc.

    Today he said he had to erasing some of the more obscure Spocks (like one that was evidently a Babylon 5 reference) with Spocks people would be more likely to recognize.

    I asked him: “Who are you going to give the money to?”

    Him: “What do you mean?”

    Me: “Don’t you know that there’s a hefty re-Spocking fee?”

    /True story
    //I’ll be here all week
    ///Try the veal
    ////Slashies usage blatantly lifted from Fark