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Science Saturday: Diamond Planet + Star-Swallowing Black Hole + Super Supernova + NASA Sci-Fi Novels August 27, 2011

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Science/Technology , trackback

Welcome back to a long overdue edition of Science Saturday. This week: make three ground-breaking astronomical discoveries including a diamond planet, a star-swallowing black hole, and the supernova of a generation. Also, team up with NASA and Tor/Forge Books to create NASA-inspired sci-fi novels.


Three Amazing Astronomic Discoveries: A Planet Made of Diamond, A Star Swallowed by a Black Hole, and the Supernova of a Generation!
This week, astronomy telescopes of all sorts have been busy collecting data. And, what they’ve found is three ground-breaking discoveries both inside and outside of the Milky Way.

Astronomers Discover Planet Made of Diamond

Only 4,000 light years away (or about one eighth of the way to the center of our galaxy) lies a small and extremely dense planet orbiting a neutron star. The newly discovered planet is far denser than any other known so far, and it appears to be composed almost entirely of carbon. Because of it’s evolutionary history and extreme density, that carbon is likely crystalline, aka diamond. The planet is probably the remnant of a previously massive star that has since shed its outermost layers. No one can say for sure what the diamond planet looks like close up, so we’ll leave that to the sci-fi writers. Diamond mountains and beaches of diamond sands?

An exotic diamond planet

First Ever Glimpse of a Supermassive Black Hole Swallowing a Star
Scientists have, for the first time, witnessed a black hole tear apart and swallow a star that got just a little too close. Until now, astronomers had only seen the aftermath of these events. The Swift satellite observed a set of extremely bright gamma ray bursts originating from outside of our galaxy. Scientists say that these bursts are nothing like those seen before. Based on additional radio telescope observations, scientists concluded that the gamma rays were emitted from a nearby galaxy after the black hole in its center ripped apart a star named Swift J1644+57. Results were published in the August 25 issue of Nature.

The “Supernova of a Genration” Discovered in Nearby Galaxy
Yesterday, a supernova was seen closer to Earth than any other of its kind — just around the corner in the Pinwheel Galaxy located in the Big Dipper. Astronomers are excited at the indications that the supernova was discovered just hours after it exploded. Astronomers at UC Berkeley who made the discovery say that this will be the most-studied supernova in history. As the supernova gets brighter, it might even be noticeable with binoculars in 10 days from now. The best time to see the exploding star is just after evening twilight in about a week. You’ll need dark skies, but it’s said to be brighter than any other supernova of its kind in the last 30 years, so a pair of good binoculars should do the trick.

The supernova of a generation in the nearby Pinwheel galaxy

NASA to Publish Science Fiction Book Series
In another melding of science and science fiction, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has teamed up with Tor/Forge Books to develop and publish a series of “NASA-inspired works of fiction”. Scientists and engineers will work with writers to help raise awareness of the role that NASA plays in people’s everyday lives and to help inspire the next generation of American scientists and engineers.

NASA and Tor/Forge Books team up for sci-fi series

Science Bytes
Not enough science for you? Here’s a warp-speed look at some more science tid-bits that are worth a peek.



1. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2011

I claim the Diamond Planet for the Terran Empire. Any others who try to enter into orbit will be Blown Up!!!

2. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2011

So sad for that Galexy for being torn apart by the Black Hole.
Hmm. Supernova. Could that be the one where Romulas is Destroyed.
Yeah. Still a couple of hundred years away.

3. Buzz Cagney - August 27, 2011

Fact even more remarkable than (science) fiction!
Amazing stuff.

4. Red Dead Ryan - August 27, 2011

I think we might have just found Superman’s home planet! ;-)

Very cool article. I just hope we don’t have to wait another couple of months for the next one!

5. dmduncan - August 27, 2011

Would make one hell of a wedding ring.

6. Dee - lvs moon' surface - August 27, 2011

OMG! … a diamond planet …everyone wants, right? …LOL

:-) :-)

7. Red Dead Ryan - August 27, 2011

(sings, Shatner-style)

“Lucy……. inthesky………… with diamonds!”

8. weyoun_9 - August 27, 2011

Hmm….I know this is a Star Trek site…but wasn’t Midnight (Doctor Who) a diamond planet? Interesting…

9. somethoughts - August 27, 2011

The Frost Giants await on Planet Bling Bling, I bet this planet is used by the Klingons to harvent Dialithium for their birds of prey

10. C Mosenko - August 27, 2011

Maybe a diamond planet can motivate some space travel. If anything will motivate space travel it will be proffit. We are more like ferengi than anything else in Star Trek.

11. Buzz Cagney - August 27, 2011

#5 to show true love on Diamond World they use lumps of concrete on wedding rings. ;-)

12. Commander - August 27, 2011

The diamond planet will be claimed by the Ferengi before humans develop real Warp travel I guess.

13. Jonboc - August 27, 2011

..gonna have to try and check out that supernova, thanks for the heads-up!

14. Shunnabunich - August 27, 2011

It’s not that you couldn’t make stuff like the diamond planet up, it more that you wouldn’t take the idea seriously if it *were* just made up. “Haw, haw! What else did you find? A gold planet with a moon made o’ cheesecake? Go on, tell me another one!”

15. Captain Hackett - August 27, 2011

The DeBeers are going to create their newest division, diamond space mining so it is time for us to buy their stocks. :)

16. Jonfucius - August 27, 2011

Makes me think of Greater than the Sum, the last pre-Destiny TNG novel.

17. Charley W - August 27, 2011

Nipping one idea in the bud- the diamond planet won’t have have volcanoes with diamond lava. Diamonds BURN, as many uninsured victims of house fires have discovered.

18. Charley W - August 27, 2011

Nipping one idea in the bud- the diamond planet won’t have have volcanoes with diamond lava. Being pure carbon, diamonds BURN, as many uninsured victims of house fires have discovered.

19. Charley W - August 27, 2011

Sorry about the double post- the first draft was accidentally sent.

20. CarlG - August 27, 2011

@17: Yeah, but you know in your heart it would look really freaking cool! :)

21. CarlG - August 27, 2011

I vote the Enterprise visits the diamond planet in the next movie. Just let ILM go nuts.

22. jesustrek - August 27, 2011

@21 No bad idea Enterprise visits a dimond planet or a reference similar to NASA.

Hey Bob Orci no es mal idea esto del planeta el enterprise visitando en su camino un planeta similar o una referencia con la imagen de NASA en el puente del enterprise.


23. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 27, 2011

#21 Yep. Sounds like a good plan to me…

24. dmduncan - August 27, 2011

On earth, carbon is formed into diamond by enormous heat and pressure. So before somebody writes the crew of the Enterprise running around in their standard duty uniforms on a diamond world for the sequel, think of what that would be like and what the gravity would do.

Of course, they could send Keenser down to see what happens.

25. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - August 27, 2011

Awsome stuff i want to see a supernova in our galaxy just as long as it is 5 to 10 thousand light years away

26. Phil - August 27, 2011

@10. Still got that pesky Theory of Reletivity to deal with….

27. C Mosenko - August 27, 2011

Maybe it’s krypton.

28. somethoughts - August 28, 2011

Possible new Star Trek Series on the way!

29. Holger - August 28, 2011

I admit this: Had there been a diamond planet in an SF story I had read or watched, I would have said: What a cheesy idea!

30. Calbie - August 28, 2011

No wonder that star died, no one could be arsed saying its name

31. Jack - August 28, 2011

Astronomers are excited at the indications that the supernova was discovered just hours after it exploded… 21 million years ago.

32. Harry Ballz - August 28, 2011

I hear the people of the Diamond planet have been at war with the people of the Cubic Zirconia planet for many years.

the day one is the victor will be a…(cough)…shining moment in their history!

33. Jack - August 28, 2011

32. Heh. Things are a lot harder on Liztayloria than on Zirconia. The stories we’ve heard don’t even scratch the surface.

34. CarlG - August 28, 2011

@32, 33: I freaking love you guys. :)

35. Dee - lvs moon' surface - August 28, 2011

#32. Harry Ballz…..


:-) :-)

36. dmduncan - August 28, 2011

32, 33: You guys got some stones posting jokes like that.

37. somethoughts - August 28, 2011

You guys are really a diamond in the rough

38. The First Son Of Krypton - August 28, 2011

So I was thinking of taking a trip back home… oh, damn, what was that flash I saw?

39. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 28, 2011

@28 thanks for posting that! best part is that he wants it to be set in a period of time after voyager that preserves all the prior trek series and movies.

in terms of science saturday, very cool video on the black hole funny, i was just listening to my newley released collectors edition score of Disneys the black hole when i came across the science saturday write up.

40. Harry Ballz - August 28, 2011


Thanks, guys!

As Bob Orci loves to say, “I keed, I keed!”

41. PM1701 - August 28, 2011

Ooooh, just like one of Yukinobu Hoshino’s mangas. It’s a living diamond! Just makes me hope they have some form of awe inspiring idea/element/location in the next film.

42. Harry Ballz - August 28, 2011

Ceti Alpha 5?

Carat Size 946825849724913369270224859826501335!

Khan you imagine the ring size?

43. I'm Dead Jim - August 29, 2011

@28 That sounds like a fan dream that will likely never get off the ground, maybe even Rick Berman using an alias. If it does get picked up, please keep the Ferengi out of it! Otherwise, I’m all for it!

44. Father Robert Lyons - August 29, 2011

NASA inspired SciFi novels… hrm… could be good. “Voyage” by Stephen Baxter was outstanding, as was “Space” by James A. Michener. Baxter’s effort on “Titan” was blah… and Homer Hickam’s “Return to the Moon” is abysmal.

Sounds like this series will be geared twoards the young adult market… but if you are looking for a great read, I can’t recommend “Voyage” enough.


45. Enterprisingguy - August 29, 2011

Thanks for the recommendations of the books Father Rob! I’m always on the hunt for a good book to read and your reviews have never steered me wrong so far! I’m putting “Voyage” on my pick list.

46. Phil - August 29, 2011

@ 28. Trek had been thourghly sterilized by the end of Voyager, so I’m not sure how they can “get back to Treks roots” while going forward from some point past Voyager. Young, sexy crew, rich Ferengi clan, this is already starting to reek. Enterprise got into trouble quick because it tried to apply the TNG era political/social sensibilities to the TOS era, and it didn’t work. The problem with any reboot, regardless of the era it occurs, is that at some point they are going to be forced to ignore canon, otherwise they will end up with bland and straightjacketed storytelling.

47. Vultan - August 29, 2011


But if it’s set after Voyager—or perhaps FAR after that era—there’s really not much “canon” to follow, right? And aside from the Ferengi, how is the “young, sexy crew” any different than Trek ’09?

I say go for it, CBS. It’s certainly better than nothing, which is what we have at the moment.

Give it a chance. If it fails, cancel it. Start over. Reboot. That’s what they do these days, isn’t it?

48. Vultan - August 29, 2011

Just set the new Trek series in the 25th century.
Hey, it worked for Buck Rogers.


49. Sebastian S. - August 29, 2011


That was funny! :-D
I can hear Brando’s narration already… ;-)

A diamond planet. I imagine that if it ever became reachable (and I’m a firm NON believer in a real life ‘warp drive’, but hypothetically), then Tiffany’s or any other high-end diamond store would be no more exotic or valued than grocery stores selling bags of charcoal bricks for the BBQ pit.

50. DeShonn Steinblatt - August 29, 2011

47. Give it a chance. If it fails, cancel it.

You cutting the check for their losses?

51. Jack - August 29, 2011

48. Beedeebeedeebeedee…

28. Hopefully he has a fresh take on it, the Ferengi especially. I enjoyed the DS9 guys, to a point, but, I don’t know… the Ferengi aren’t a selling point…

52. Vultan - August 29, 2011


Ha, I wish I had that kind of dough to invest.

But if CBS is willing to reinvest in Hawaii 5-O, then I think they could take a risk with an “established brand” like Star Trek. It’s been fairly profitable in the past, Mr. Ferengi. Just depends on how it’s developed, marketed, etc.

Hey, maybe a CSI version of Trek would convince CBS to give it a go. After all, it is the network with the chalk outline around it. Just give ’em plenty of fast zooms of blood-soaked anatomy and a theme song by The Who, and they’ll sign on the dotted line.

53. Vultan - August 29, 2011

I suppose if CBS is nervous about venturing into new Trek again, they could just go the Battlestar Galactica route: make a two hour TV movie, then if that does well enough make a full series—a “backdoor pilot,” I believe they call it.

Hey, it’s so simple even a network executive might understand it.

54. Jack - August 29, 2011

Except, scifi on network TV kind of blows, generally (a little show on NBC from 66 to 69 excluded). No?

55. Vultan - August 29, 2011


Agreed. Which is why by “TV” I meant syndication and not the prime time meat grinder of the networks. Although, I’m not sure if syndication is still possible. Television has changed a great deal since the heyday of syndicated shows like TNG, DS9, etc. in the late ’80s and ’90s. It’s much more fractured now, and, sadly, more geared towards cheap and easy sensationalism.

All I do know is that Trek has done the majority of its best work on the small screen, and I would welcome just about any attempt of reviving weekly, compelling, thought-provoking science fiction and/or fantasy on television—Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Amazing Stories, Battlestar Galactica—yes, more please.

56. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 29, 2011

“That sounds like a fan dream that will likely never get off the ground, maybe even Rick Berman using an alias. If it does get picked up, please keep the Ferengi out of it! Otherwise, I’m all for it!”
You realize that David foster is an established sci fi writer, producer and show runner right. I mean Battlestar Galactica reboot was kind of a big show .

who knows if this will ever be pitched let alone picked up for a series, but saying it sounds like a fan dream when the guy is a succesful tv producer/writer is kind of close minded.

57. Father Robert Lyons - August 30, 2011

#45 – The only flaw in Voyage is a romantic subplot. I am fairly convinced that men of a scientific background can’t write such stuff that well. It’s a minor annoyance, but the vision of space exploration in the story is well worth the page or two here and there of relationship angst.


58. Alex - August 30, 2011

Hickam’s novel is titled BACK TO THE MOON and are you kidding me? It’s a great book! It has a lot of himor in it that maybe you did’t get, I don’t know but I love this book. Read it twice and gifted it a couple of times.

59. Harry Ballz - August 30, 2011

58. “It has a lot of himor in it that maybe you didn’t get”

I guess some people don’t have a sense of himor! :>)

60. Alex - August 30, 2011

Fortunately, Harry, I have a great sense of himor and heror! Sorry, the dachshund was walking on my keyboard. ;)

61. Harry Ballz - August 30, 2011

Alex, I just HAD to tease you about it!

“the dachshund was walking on my keyboard”

Boy, if I only had a dime for every time I’ve heard that one! :>)

62. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 30, 2011

A while back, having one or more kittens walk across piano keys and a computer keyboard was a reality for me. Quite musical and poetic they were too.

63. Red Dead Ryan - August 30, 2011


“A while back, having one or more kittens walk across piano keys and a computer keyboard was a reality for me. Quite musical and poetic they were too.”

Maybe they were performing their version of “Honky Cat”?

64. Craiger - August 31, 2011

How come the staff is taking another vacation again? Trekweb is looking better than this site.

65. Jack - September 1, 2011

“Sorry, the dachshund was walking on my keyboard. ;)”

That’s what she said?

66. Jack - September 1, 2011


Are Trek and Five-0 in the same league, as far as network interest goes? It would seem like Five-0 would have a broader appeal (not just fans of the original show or Jack Lord’s hair… but fans of the new actors, fans of the genre, fans of the producers, fans of Grace Park in a bikini)…

And, could Trek pull off a season-long storyline well? It seems to be the way SF/genre tv is going…

67. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - September 1, 2011

#64 Ditto.

68. Harry Ballz - September 1, 2011


As C3P0 woulD squeal, “HOW RUDE!”

(and funny) :>)

69. Bobowing - September 1, 2011

At Trekweb they have 2012 book news, movie news, game news…..sigh

Where is Anthony?

70. SoonerDave - September 1, 2011

Man, this place is dead. I think just a few months back how things were hopping when we thought we had a sequel script coming, and now….

“It’s dead, Jim.”


71. Craiger - September 1, 2011

By the time this site posts Trek news it will be old news. Its like the staff doesn’t care about this site anymore.

72. Vultan - September 1, 2011

I remember when this site had great articles on a near daily basis—reviews of TOS remastered episodes, reviews of classic Trek movies, sci-fi news, science news, book reviews, Drex files, new Trek movie news (and by that I mean actually newsworthy), etc., etc…..

Now, while we still get the occasional book or science article like this one, trekmovie has pretty much devolved into a steady circle of Shatner fan vs. non-fan rage pages, happy birthday wishes, reviews of comic books and other Trek licensed junk, and non-news via gushing fanboy articles on J.J. Abrams and his “Supreme Court” and all their OTHER projects.

Sorry, trekmovie. You’ve lost me… for now.
I may check back in a few months.

73. Enterprisingguy - September 1, 2011

I get the feeling that Anthony just doesn’t have the passion for this site he once had. We’ve gone from several decent articles a day to a couple a week.

Trekweb has been posting some great stuff that at one time would have been reported here first. Now by the time it posts here…if at all…it’s old news.

I’ll check back here when JJ announces that he’s close to announcing that he’s getting closer to making a decision on his next announcement update.

74. John from Cincinnati - September 1, 2011

Ha Ha!

Star wars fans are freaking out over the new “tweaks” George Lucas is doing with the blu ray release.

Star Wars fans are called passionate while Trekkers are called “nitpickers”.

Sounds like a double standard to me.

75. NuFan - September 1, 2011

72 Sorry, trekmovie. You’ve lost me… for now.
I may check back in a few months

If only it were true.

76. Harry Ballz - September 1, 2011


You’re telling me! That guy’s harder to shake than snot off a fingernail!

77. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 1, 2011

#76 Oh, Harry. LOL

78. Red Dead Ryan - September 1, 2011

Can’t wait for the upcoming “Star Wars” blu ray set. One of the tweaks includes replacing the crappy puppet Yoda with a cgi version for “The Phantom Menace”.

But it’ll be funny if people start bitching about changes being made to the worst “Star Wars” movie. I really don’t think George Lucas could possibly make “The Phantom Menace” any worse than it already is. :-)


That’s SNOT a bad line, Harry!

79. Harry Ballz - September 1, 2011


Thanks! It’s SNOT my specialty, but I have learned to adapt.

80. Jim Nightshade - September 1, 2011

Hey number 39 where did u get the collectors edition of the john barry black hole soundtrack?did they do a rerelease of howard the duck too? i luv barrys work on these movies-thomas dolby alo n howard—

81. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2011


I especially love John Barry’s theme music to the 1971 TV show The Persuaders. It starred Tony Curtis and Roger Moore.

82. Cervantes - September 2, 2011

@ #75 John from Cincinnati

*Rant begins* Ha, you can’t blame us, as on top of still not releasing ‘anamorphic’, cleaned-up masters of the original movies, some of GL’s latest ‘special edition’ additions to the Star Wars movies are as ridiculous as some of his previous ones! As someone who was a huge fan of the original trilogy, it’s pained me to see that all that’s been done for the blu-ray release since the 2004 dvd debacle is that more unneccesary stuff has been added, rather than actually sorting flaws that were previously unattended to.

I won’t go into them as there’s plenty of details online now, but when the likes of CGI ‘rocks’ are being added when R2D2 is hiding, and Darth Vader is yelling “Noooooooooooo!” at the Emperor, then you know things have gotten very silly indeed.

And to think I always thought the work done on ‘TOS:Remastered’ by CBS Digital was an inconsistant, half-baked, missed opportunity!… Well it was, but it’s a reasonably adequate job compared to the latest ‘creative decisions’ that are now stinking up the SW movies.

Anyway, thankfully there’s the wonderful ‘Star Wars Revisited’ edit by a guy called Adywan, which blows this nonsense away. All the flaws I ever wanted fixed have been brilliantly sorted by him, along with plenty more I never noticed before too. And some of his own enhancements have given me the best ‘special edition’ of the movie I could hope for. His upcoming ‘Empire Strikes Back Revisited’ edit is looking equally epic. Trailers are online for anyone interested. I’m so glad he plans to enhance the rest of the movies too eventually, as it’ll take more than a new CGI ‘Yoda’ to make the ‘prequels’ watchable. *Rant over*

‘Diamond planets’ aside, there’s still not much happening around these parts I see, so since there’s not a good ‘ol ‘Shatner’ topic to stir things up again at the moment, I’m off to take a little detour in the direction of Trekweb for now to see what’s happening.

83. Cervantes - September 2, 2011

That should have been @ 74 John from Cincinnati. I hate typos…

84. Tanner Waterbury - September 2, 2011

Anybody see the scene of Obi wan doing the screaming thing in the valley where Luke got ambushed by Sandpeople? The new version is HILARIOUS!

85. Tanner Waterbury - September 2, 2011

continued from above…

86. Orb of the Emissary - September 2, 2011

I remember a few weeks Anthony mentioning that he was having major computer problems. Maybe trekmovie is having computer problems again? May this website Walk with the Prophets…

87. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2011

(in my best Carol Channing voice)

“Gold-pressed latinum? No! Diamonds are a Ferengi’s best friend! Where is that planet again?”

88. NX01 - September 2, 2011

Maybe there there is just actually no trek news at the moment. They have not even set a date to start the new filming.

89. Enterprisinggguy - September 2, 2011

@88. NX01 – September 2, 2011

“Maybe there there is just actually no trek news at the moment. They have not even set a date to start the new filming.”

If you check out Trekweb you’ll see that there has been plenty of Trek news. Anthony usually reports on all things Trek (including birthdays) besides the movie news and there have been plenty of good items over there.

For whatever reason Anthony isn’t posting anything, it sure doesn’t have anything to do with a lack of news.

90. Enterprise C - September 2, 2011

Don’t forget: No news could be good news. The writers are hard at work on the new film as they’ve said many times. So for now all we can do is be patient and wait for the next tidbit… or… that big announcement thing JJ was talking about a month ago the he said would be ready more or less around… now!

91. Chadwick - September 2, 2011

Its been one week short of a month when JJ said we will “hear something within the next month.”

I guess they are waiting till the last minute to give us some tidbit which could shed some light on what the hell is going on.

92. JeFF - September 2, 2011

Maybe Anthony is on vacation?

93. Craiger - September 2, 2011

#92 He sure takes alot of them, its like he’s doesn’t care about this site anymore.

94. NuFan - September 2, 2011

I wish the owners of Trekweb would stop promoting their site in here. Yes, it’s like a ghost town over there but that’s there own fault. It’s a terrible site with a really annoying format.

95. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 2, 2011

I did check the Trebweb site last night and there was really nothing of great import there either. There is no real news to report and the only real news that most of us want to know is what is happening with the production of the Star Trek movie sequel. Compared to that, everything else is well…meh, pretty much.

Once these guys at Paramount/Bad Robot get their act together and actually have something relevant and truly newsworthy, I am sure Anthony will be on it like moths to a flame.

96. Craiger - September 2, 2011

If Anthony is going to off an on with site because their isn’t that much Trek news maybe he should turn TrekMovie into a general scifi news site? I wonder if he doesn’t care about general Trek news anymore like what the other Trek actors are doing or Trek collectable news ect? He used to post articles like that.

97. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 2, 2011

Anthony and his staff have posted articles about the actors, about fans doing Trek burlesque etc within the last week. Maybe there is not a lot to tell at the moment.

I would like to hear if Chris Pine is doing the voice for the Jack Frost character in the animation movie, Rise of the Guardians, yet. If he is doing some already (more than likely), it would be good to hear from him how it’s going so far, the different/same? demands made on him by doing that medium, which form he prefers – doing voice-overs or doing live action (film and stage) etc… There’s an idea for trekmovie staff to follow up on perhaps.

(Unfortunately, there may also be the matter that very often actors are tied to confidentiality agreements as part of their contracts, which means they often can’t say naught anyway about anything they are presently engaged in.)

98. Chadwick - September 2, 2011

Anthony is (if reading these posts) either laughing or just not giving a frack. Can’t blame him for not posting news when there is non, but a more generalized sci fi site might not be a bad idea, knowing that it is still in essence a trek site. Frankly I don’t miss all those birthday posts and to be honest nonsense new and something which I don’t care about. I don’t need to know its Shatners birthday, I really don’t lol.

@ 95/97. Keachick
Agreed. Even on trekweb there is an article with Anton Yelchin, yet nothing revealing, the same old “they working on it blah blah blah.” And yea its likely they know much more than they are leading on to and can only say they know nothing.
I just want to have that same hype as the last movie, where we were seeing photos and trailers one and a half to two years before the movie is released. I want a nice lengthy promotion for this movie just like the last one.

After what we have been told are delays (which might only be a ruse to deviate our thoughts on the status of the movie) I have no idea what to expect, even more so than I did a year ago.

99. Dion1701 - September 2, 2011

Anthony need a number one he can leave in charge while he is away….

100. DT - September 2, 2011

Or maybe, just maybe, Anthony has a life. Some of you guys should try it sometime.

101. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2011

When we reach over 100 posts on a thread like this, it’s time for some NEW information.

102. Jim Nightshade - September 2, 2011

harry b sir-persuaders theme–sounds vaguely familiar–has it been released on any albums? If u like it must be awesome music–even tho barrys famous for bond movies hes done lots of other greeat music huh-

103. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 3, 2011

It is that announcement we seek…so close, so very, very, very, very close and when they do tell us what they’ve been and are going to be up to, then no doubt we will assiduously scrutinize every little thing, nitpick, speculate, worry, explode, flame, joke…just like what we’ve been doing already really. LOL

I want to know if Karl Urban will be able to get to see rugby games at Eden Stadium here, which means, importantly, will they announce the actual official start date for filming of the movie, without any hiccups, delays and ensuring that the filming schedule for Karl does not conflict with his god-given kiwi right to view rugby games in person at the stadium, should he wish to do so?

Teams from around the world are coming here to compete for the coveted Rugby World Cup. The first match starts next week and the finals get played sometime in October. I am not really into rugby, but it is getting hard to avoid hearing and seeing stuff about it in these parts.

Of course, I wonder if Dr McCoy or Jim Kirk ever heard of rugby and maybe got to play it. Hmmm. Now if they could both “beam back in time” into Auckland within the next month, that could be very cool. A nice journalist/papz pic of Pine/Urban could go down a treat here, well at least, it would for me…:)

Sorry to digress – my wishful thinking can get the better of me sometimes.

It is this kind of thing that the press release(s) need to address… and more!

104. Harry Ballz - September 3, 2011


Jim, simply go to Youtube and type in The Persuaders. The clip with the theme will surely pop up.

105. Canon Schmanon - September 3, 2011

in Anthony’s defense, I can’t imagine running this site every day, and dealing with people like me and youse, and not needing some time away. He’s been doing it for years now. How many of us would want to monitor all these talkbacks every day, year after year.

In defense of Trek fans, I’ll admit that I’m disappointed when I check in and find nothing posted. I don’t get incensed or anything, but this is the only site I go to for Trek information, and it’s certainly the only site I comment on in a semi-regular fashion. Much to some of your dismay, no doubt. But hey, I’ve asked Anthony several times to ban me and he hasn’t either seen the request, or doesn’t find me distasteful enough to make the effort.

But I’ll clue you in on something – More than one person in my house uses this identity. We thought it would be amusing. One of us is a real dick, the other, well, not quite so much of a dick.

I won’t tell you which one I am.

Anyway, as Dion1701 mentioned, Anthony would do well to have a Number One, but that’s probably easier said than done. Although, if you look at Trek, First Officers were often more competent than their captains. Based on their portrayal in the Trek series’, Starfleet captains who weren’t helming a series were usually dumbasses, or raving mad.

I have no idea where I’m going with this, so I’m just going to let it fizzle out now. You all have a good night.

Dumbasses :-)

106. Harry Ballz - September 3, 2011

Canon, you are too kind.

107. Enterprisinggguy - September 3, 2011

My guess is that the reason that there is no news is because there’s no story!

I mean, c’mon! We’ve been hearing for the last 6 months that they are REALLY working on the script.

It could be that there’s no announcement because there’s no story that’s been greenlite yet. Why else would the studio not give us a revised release date? Of course JJ and co. aren’t going to admit that they don’t have a story. But IMO I don’t see any other reason why this project is stuck at square one.

108. starman - September 3, 2011

I agree that there has been a lot of talk, and nothing is getting done. I have a feeling this movie isn’t going to get made, and finally give up on it. Sad that so many fans are going to be let down. Hopefully some fan-based production will pick up the ball and run with it.

109. Cervantes - September 3, 2011

Y’know, I really believed there would be a big screen ‘Trek’ sequel out now after the relatively successful 2009 reeboot. These guys and gals of the nu-crew are gonna be looking a lot older if the makers don’t get a move on soon.

The momentum has been lost a little now I reckon. I was rather hoping a successful sequel would seal the deal as far as encouraging the powers-that-be to relaunch a new TV series, and that’s why I’d hoped it would be along sooner rather than later.

I’d even settle for a re-run of ‘Enterprise’ meantime, as long as the intro. theme was rebooted to be more ‘Trek’-like.

110. Craiger - September 3, 2011

I wonder if Anthony is loosing interest in the general trek news and maybe that is why their haven’t been any updates? I sometimes wonder if I really care about what the former and current Trek stars are up too. I can find out what the current Trek stars are up to at a movie news blog.

#100 Can a person have a life and run a blog? I mean how hard is it to run a blog? That’s what I don’t understand about needing vacations from running a blog?

111. Craiger - September 3, 2011

I forgot to add, isn’t running a blog something you do while you aren’t working? Some people do blogs as a carrer like say Engadget. However I think blogs like this are done because its someones passion and wouldn’t cause stress running it. I think Anthony has lost his passion for this site.

112. SoonerDave - September 3, 2011

@111 You’re point would be valid if not for the fact that Anthony himself has established the frequency and diversity of articles posted here, so much so that their absence is conspicuous.

That said, there are dry spells like this. Some here have insisted that Anthony doesn’t owe us any explanations for the dry spells, which I suppose technically is true, but without readers like us, this site is just a bunch of bytes pushed into the ethersphere. While he doesn’t *owe* us an explanation, *some* kind of comment would surely be appreciated – even if it means, “hey, guys, this has been a great ride, but I just can’t do this anymore.”

Sites like this are hard to maintain. A friend of mine who ran a sports site for the last 15 years finally gave up because his traffic had dropped so much, and he was ready to move on to other things. If that’s where Anthony is, I can understand it. The gamesmanship from the current Trek crew is exhausting, little of what they say can be trusted now, and Paramount is obviously not pushing the issue, so at some point I can understand the frustration of trying to promote a franchise that even the studio that owns it seems only lukewarm in pushing.

113. NX01 - September 3, 2011

Star Trek online is going to be free to play by the end of 2011.

114. Harry Ballz - September 3, 2011


Well said, SoonerDave!

115. Craiger - September 3, 2011

#112 I agree well, said. I also didn’t realize blogs were hard to run, I thought most people just did them for fun.

116. "Check the Circuit!" - September 3, 2011

Could we at update the headline of this article to “Science LAST Saturday.”

117. Captain Khan - September 3, 2011

How Boring………. We should be all excited for a new movie but we can’t even get a site update. Abrams Sucks and doesn’t seem to care about the fans in any way. Did I mention he Sucks

118. Jack - September 3, 2011

112. Agreed.

They can be especially hard to run when there’s no darned content (news on the new movie, or news on Trek generally) available. And, heck, when he posts crumbs, like JJ not really answering a reporter’s question about the next movie… we complain that it’s not really news. And Anthony doesn’t generally seem to put his voice into the posts (Sorry guys, I’ve had a lousy week), it’s all “here at….”

At least before the first one came out, the site could do Trek Remastered previews and reviews.

119. Will_H - September 3, 2011

I think people forget that people who run a blog have a life outside of it. Maybe something came up, maybe he’s taking a break. Either way, I’m amazed he’s pulled as much news out of Star Trek as he has. Honestly, Abrams and co have been dragging their heels about the next movie and when the only news they have to give is that there is none, or them telling people to be patient, well there’s not much you can report on that. I think we got spoiled by the last movie and how active the production was because the people making it, well you know, actually cared about the project. Short of holding them hostage, there’s not much Anthony can do to make the writers and producers make news happen.

120. Terence T - September 3, 2011

Does anyone know a good place for sci-fi/fantasy/horror film news updates?

121. Jeffro Bodeen - September 3, 2011

Why have we had like NO New Trek news, in like, Forever!!

122. Harry Ballz - September 3, 2011

Like, I know, man! Major buzzkill!!

123. Riker's dad - September 3, 2011

I’m done with it. Running this site would be a dream for any one of us hardcore fans. For some, though, I guess it’s just a pain in the ass. Trekweb is one of the ugliest site there is, but that’s where I’ll be.

124. brokenlogic18 - September 3, 2011

If there’s no news, there’s no news. I’d rather keep checking back here for an interesting or exciting article than elsewhere just for daily tidbits. I’m sure something newsworthy will be along soon.

125. Craiger - September 3, 2011

#124. Their is Trek news. TrekWeb just posted Levar Burton confirms TNG on BluRay. Trekmovie used to post articles like this all time without any lengthy time off.

126. Craiger - September 3, 2011

Sorry I forgot to add Burton confirms rumors of TNG on BluRay over at TrekWeb.

127. windelkin - September 3, 2011

Anthony – Please Come Back! We need our daily fix of whatever you can throw up! Just don’t leave us in the dark forever. Come on all you fellow trekkers. Lets keep this going somehow with or without the staff. Someone smarter than myself could hack the site and post articles for us or we could just keep adding to this thread for eternity until it crashes and burns. I hope this wont be the end. I feel like I know so many of you who comment frequently and I’d miss this. I just keep my mouth shut usually, but if this is really it, I guess the needs of the One outweigh the needs of the many. Live long and prosper to all of you!

128. Rob - September 3, 2011

I appreciate the work that Anthony puts into the site, but it’d be courteous perhaps to mention that there’ll be a pause in postings. It’s the surprise disappearances that make him appear unprofessional. The site owes me nothing, but I enjoy the content and will stick around.

129. Adam E - September 4, 2011

Off topic but oh well…
Free STO!!!

130. Trek Or Treat - September 4, 2011

You know there’s something wrong when you come to this site to be entertained by the complaints and speculation about the lack of new articles, instead of to read a new article. LOL! :)

131. Enterprisingguy - September 4, 2011

@130 Trek or Treat

You have a point there. The sad thing is the frequency that this sort of thing happens. I miss the good old days when the usual argument was whether Shatner would be in the new movie and not “where’s Anthony this time”!

I don’t expect every day to have an earth shaking announcement. But even a review of a good episode or one of the past movies for us to talk about would hold us over just fine. It sure worked during the TOS remastering days.

132. Allister - September 4, 2011

On a trek note- can anyone tell me who was the blonde that Bill Shatner kissed at the Vegas convention section and asked her if her husband was about on The Captains documentary? My wife says she thinks it was Grace Lee Whitney…who is 81 now. We managed to see it even though I live in the UK.
And Avery Brooks- wow he was totally bonkers lol!

133. jamesingeneva - September 4, 2011

Stop your griping folks! It really does get old, all you gripers are probably what wears anyone out the most.

Wherever you are Anthony, hope you’re having a good time. See ya when you get back.

134. Craiger - September 4, 2011

#133 Its not that we are complaining, I think it mainly worry about Anthony and his staff not realy being interested in this site anymore, with all these vacations they keep taking and that they will get rid of it.

135. Bucky - September 4, 2011

Shockingly, Anthony took a week off on the labour day weekend. That never happens, amirite folks?

136. Jack - September 4, 2011

Wait, Grace Lee Whitney is 81!? Wow, so she was 62 in Trek 6…

And, man, no offense, but I hate when the word unprofessional starts floating around.

I hope all’s cool with all those behind the site.

137. Cervantes - September 4, 2011

Let’s just hope Anthony’s okay…

As far as the upcoming ‘sampler’ of HD remastered ‘Next Gen’ Trek that’s been mentioned by TheDigitalBits site, I’m kinda interested to see how much work has gone into the remastering, as far as how the effects look.

138. Red Dead Ryan - September 4, 2011

Anthony has decided to move on to other things. He just doesn’t have the time to devote to this site, same for the other staff members. Plus it has become more expensive, with ad revenues in decline.

This site is going to be taken down in the next couple of days.

Really sucks, but that’s life, unfortunately.

139. Jack - September 4, 2011

138. Seriously?

No announcement? Or was that said somewhere else here?

140. Red Dead Ryan - September 4, 2011


It’s true, unfortunately. There have been rumblings for some time about Anthony needing to attend to other things. According to a blog on another website, Anthony had gotten fed up with having to babysit everybody on this site, and the other staff have now moved on.

Anthony also has personal family matters to attend to as well.

Why there hasn’t been an announcement, I don’t know. But it’s his business and he doesn’t necessarily owe any of us an explanation.

141. dmduncan - September 4, 2011

Well, that’s sad, but I do understand if that’s the case.

Anthony should turn the keys over to someone. Like Basement Blogger. Can we draft him?

142. Enterprisingguy - September 4, 2011

@139 RDR

If what you say is true then it’s a huge loss for us all. But if he closes down this site without even a goodbye to those of us who’s traffic allowed him to make money it will be a huge FU to all of us! This is after all a business. Not a hobby as some people contend. If he’s lost interest because he’s not making enough money anymore it doesn’t excuse treating everyone like crap.

I hope you’re wrong about this site. But if it does come to an end I really hope that Anthony goes out with a bit of class. IMO, he DOES owe us that!
There are a lot of great and intelligent characters here that have stood by him for years. And some who are no longer with us such as BND who would be here still.

143. Jack - September 4, 2011

Do these sites really make money? Heck, Roger Ebert (I quote the guy a lot) says he loses money on his site — and that site gets a lot of traffic…

144. dmduncan - September 4, 2011

143. Jack – September 4, 2011

Do these sites really make money?


I’m sure Drudge makes money. Ebert has a day job, like most folks who run these things probably do. I spent a lot of money building my old site and never made a cent running mine and I needed plenty of those to do the stories I wanted to do. Quality does not come cheap.

AP is based in SoCal, right where the news about Star Trek movies is born, so he was where he needed to be. Not everybody is.

145. Opcode - September 4, 2011

@140: ” According to a blog on another website…”

Do you mind sharing the link?

146. jEFFRO bODEEN - September 4, 2011

I need my daily fix of Trek before I DIE! Please Give me SOMETHING!!

147. Rohrerbot - September 4, 2011

Anthony, I hope you’re okay. Some of the people are rather unsensitive about the posts. I met you in Phoenix this past May. I’m hoping you are on vacation and not sick and that your family is well. You’ve done a tremendous amount of work. I operate my own blog and it burns me out at times and that’s when I need a break! Wherever you are, I hope everything is okay.

148. Rohrerbot - September 4, 2011

I meant…insensitive. It has been a long day:)

149. Jack - September 4, 2011

145. Thanks. I guess I was semi-rhetorically asking that (but did indeed want to find out) after 143’s “you’ve made money off us” post.

150. JP - September 4, 2011

Anthony owes us nothing. And in saying that I want to also say that I’ve enjoyed this site tremendously. I’m especially fond of the scifi posts with information about all of the various scifi and fantasy projects in the works. I can’t imagine how much work went in to those.

So to Anthony and his staff, if this is to be the end, just want to say thank you for a great ride. It was never less than fun :)

Cheers mate!

151. Canadianknight - September 4, 2011

If the rumours are true… I’m gonna miss this place. :(

152. Harry Ballz - September 4, 2011

Don’t believe everything you read, but based on that fact, why should you believe me?

153. Jack - September 4, 2011

153. True enough. I’m going to start a rumor that Anthony had advanced warning that the new Trek movie won’t happen, and is getting out while the getting is good.

That’s the jerkiest thing I’ve ever written on here. Bad, bad joke.

I’m ridiculously sad about this, if it’s true. Although, I guess it means I’ll catch up on the last 4 years of unfiled taxes.

154. SoonerDave - September 4, 2011

Sure would like a link to the other blog saying this site is going away…

155. Jack - September 4, 2011

Isn’t this how the stock market crash of ’29 started (rumors)?

If I’m totally spreading bullshit, I apologize… I was just hoping somebody else might have more info.

I’ll relax now.

156. dmduncan - September 4, 2011

151. Canadianknight – September 4, 2011

If the rumours are true… I’m gonna miss this place. :(


And if the rumors are not true I’m going to miss Red Dead Ryan.

157. taonggagamba - September 5, 2011

bored out of my wits. Need .. trek .. news ..

158. - September 5, 2011

Agreed! It’s been enjoyable to check in on this site and news. I’ve been linking Star Trek 12 movie articles to my own site for the past 10 months. I run a couple websites and I know sometimes I just don’t feel like messing with them, plus with personal life too, it gets hard to find the time.

I’ve been working on a Star Trek Fan site, expanding it here and there. I need to get back to it and work on it some more. If anyone is interested in contributing in some way, writing articles, sharing news, content, reviews, etc. I’d be happy to consider going in that direction. The site’s been pretty basic for now, but could be a great new Trek Site.

What are everyone’s favorite Trek News sites? I liked Trekmovie the best, although Trektoday has been around a little longer. I check in there after I visit here. I agree, Trekweb is a little older looking. I don’t go to that much any more. I just haven’t taken to the new site.

159. Cervantes - September 5, 2011

Er…I seem to remember from way back that someone previously announced that Anthony and this site were going to be no more…and it turned out to be utter BS.

Now it may prove different this time, but I think I’ll wait until I see an official announcement from Anthony himself confirming this, before I think about jumping ship anywhere.

Let’s just quickly check in daily for a little while yet, and see what happens.

160. John Tenuto - September 5, 2011


That was Celeste Yarnell from “The Apple” Hope that helps!

161. Trek Or Treat - September 5, 2011

Well if the site does shut down, I for one will be truly sorry. This place has been a mainstay of mine since I first discovered it in what? 2006? I have spent hours and hours and hours here. Anthony, if you’re reading this, I hope the rumor is false, but if it’s true then I raise my glass to you for your years of hard work that resulted in years of enjoyment for me. Either way, may you always live long and prosper. I’ll still keep checking in every day. But just know that if I ever run into you, whether it be at a con, or walking down the street, I’d like to buy you a beer. HEAR HEAR!

162. South African Dude - September 5, 2011

No, this cant be. #161, Agree fully with you.

Imagine someone all the way from South Africa, this site has become home. It is truely a central hub for everything cool and exciting, not limited to trek. For years I have shared in this world, saw conventions I could only dream off. Felt part of this world.

Anthony, you are the best. This will indeed be a sad loss.

163. J. Cameron - September 5, 2011


Can you tell us how you came across this information, and link us to these articles that you’re using to back up your claim?

I’ve been hitting google, and am coming up with nothing.

164. Jack - September 5, 2011

162. Ditto. With the either-way beer.

165. Rob - September 7, 2011

I just wish that Anthony would stick a message up saying he’s closing, on vacation or has moved his affections to Star Wars.

It’s be nice to be put out of our misery!

166. Bob Tompkins - September 8, 2011

Interesting bit on the star- devouring black hole and the energy jet or gamma ray burst moving at 99.5% of the speed of light.

It makes me wonder about the recently visible super- supernova we are looking at dead-on during cloudless nights after sunset… at 20m light years away is the gamma ray burst moving at a high %age of the speed of light next on the menu for us? My calculations put us in its target zone in about 150,000 years, give or take- possibly plenty of time or us to move earth out of its way, create the tech to block it, or destroy humanity ourselves in the next 20 years or so and save the burst the trouble of doing so.

167. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - September 8, 2011

I believe this is still realavant 5 years later i love the music, enjoy and happy birthday star trek

168. Phil - September 8, 2011

Speaking of science, the current lunar orbiter took very clear pictures of the lunar rovers, landers, and other proof we actually did land on the moon. Another blow to conspiracy theory, but hey, the most logical explaination is still usually the best.

169. CmdrR - September 10, 2011

Buzz needs to bash a few more conspiracy pukes’ heads.

170. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - September 12, 2011

For all of you 3D fans out there. Paramount will Re Realease Top Gun in 3D in early 2012. No Report’s if they are going to do the same with any of the Star Trek Movies.

171. MJ - September 12, 2011

@170. Unless they are spending tens of millions of dollars to on computer 3d to make Top Gun 3D credible, then I doubt it will look credible enough in 3D for me to be willing to pay to see it.

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