Articles by Rich Schepis

Michael Piller’s Book Recounting Insurrection’s Production Now on Sale

Michael Piller, known to Trek for his work on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, authored a ‘textbook’ on screenwriting, based on the production of the feature film Star Trek: Insurrection. That book was never published and thought to be lost to time after Piller’s passing. Now for the first time ever, Piller’s Fade In is officially available in published form at michaelpiller.net.





Hits and Misses at ReedPOP’s Star Trek: Mission New York

ReedPOP, purveyors of the most recent Star Trek convention in New York City, have a reputation for putting on some of the best conventions around, including New York Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration. While providing some fresh alternatives to the Star Trek convention scene, the company’s background did not prevent issues from arising at its first ever Star Trek event.







EDITORIAL: The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Voices of the Few

Vocal minorities tend to lead perception. It’s not necessarily because they are right, but because they are loud, consistent in message and sometimes the only mouthpiece. Lately however, that vox populi has taken its gripes and issues to an entirely new level; one that ridicules, mocks and bullies creators online, as well as posting critical and negative comments to anything and everything covering something that supposedly brings these fans great joy. All of these behaviors can easily be attached to countless fandoms currently occupying the zeitgeist, yet sadly it seems to have taken a firm hold on Star Trek, which is disappointing considering what the franchise represents.



“Building Star Trek” Smithsonian Documentary Continues Trek’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Smithsonian Channel special focuses on the refurbishment of the Original Series Enterprise model on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and looks forward to how today’s scientist are bringing us into the 23rd century. The documentary airs Sunday September 4th at 8 pm EDT. Check out the trailer and clips from the special below.



“The World of James Horner” Blu-ray a Fitting Tribute to Star Trek II and III Composer’s 30-Year Career

Grieving over the tragic news one year ago of the untimely death of Star Trek II and III composer James Horner, fans of the musician poured onto social media to celebrate, lament and share stories of the famed composer. One of those fans just happened to be Varèse Sarabande’s Robert Townson, who as luck would have it, was able to share a very special career moment in 2013 with Horner at the Hollywood in Vienna concert. While commiserating with fans online, Townson noticed the one sliver of sunshine for everyone was his posts about the concert itself and time he spent with Horner. Thus was born, Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner project.



Longtime Trek Author and Publicist Terry Erdmann Recognizes His 27-Year-Old Work in “Star Trek Beyond”

Briefly, near the end of Star Trek Beyond, there is a touching final moment that occurs in remembrance of Leonard Nimoy’s 47-year portrayal of Spock. It is a moment that was orchestrated 27 years earlier by the unit publicist on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Terry Erdmann.


TrekMovie Presents: A Look At The Kelvin Timeline In Comics, Part One

Cause and effect is a concept as old as time, and the title of a terrific TNG episode to boot. Seven years ago, when Spock Prime attempted to save the galaxy using red matter, the resulting outcome forged the birth of the Kelvin Timeline, which produced three feature films in the new universe and launched new comic book adventures. Part I of TrekMovie’s examination of the Kelvin Timeline comic books focuses on the resulting IDW mini-series that the 2009 film spawned as well as the Official Motion Picture Adaptation.











REVIEW: IDW’s Star Trek New Vision Special ‘The Cage’ Disappoints

Promising readers an extra-length tale that reinterprets and adapts the original Star Trek pilot, “The Cage”, what readers are truly left with is an oversized fotonovel like the original Bantam Books from the late 1970’s. The only new part of this adaptation is the fact that “The Cage” had never been published as a fotonovel previously. Now it has.



TrekMovie Interview: David Mack

Prolific would be an understatement when describing author David Mack’s contribution to the Star Trek legacy. Mack has written 26 novels, 13 novellas and four comic books set in The Final Frontier, with his latest release, Star Trek Legacies, Book 2: Best Defense, as part of Pocket Books “Special 50th Anniversary Trilogy”. While most of the author’s Star Trek work has come over the last 15 years, his writing roots inspired by Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future stretches back much further, with writing credits on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “Starship Down”. Rich Schepis spoke with the author about his Star Trek fandom, his favorite novel and the franchise’s enduring legacy.


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