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Jean Luc Picard Autobiography Coming Soon

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The Universal Translator Is Coming!

Foreign Languages Just Got Easier Have you ever found yourself baffled on vacation, being completely unsure of how to order a meal or ask for directions in a foreign language? As Douglas Adams said, Don’t Panic. If you’ve ever wished for something like the Babel Fish in Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you may not have to wait much longer. A new in-ear translation device whose developers claim that it can translate speech will be released soon. Called Pilot, the device includes two earpieces which can be worn be two people who otherwise could not converse – a mobile app handles the translation and transmits it to the users’ respective earpieces. The makers of Pilot, Waverly Labs, say that this is the world’s first “smart earpiece” translation device. A Waverly Labs spokesperson stated, ‘This little wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other.’ At this time, information on exactly how the device works is still sparse. Waverly Labs says only that the device uses app-based “translation technology.” Translator Video Available A video demonstrating the device shows the Pilot translating between English and French with a small lag, but only a small one, still allowing the users to converse with relative ease. It appears that this first generation of in-ear translators only work when talking to another Pilot earpiece wearer. Advancing this technology could allow users to receive translations of any speech within range, eliminating the need for pairs of earpieces. The device works offline, so if you’re worried that you’ll rack up a fortune in data roaming charges, don’t be. The New York-based Waverly Labs says that the two earpieces can also be used by a single user for listening to music or other audio content from a paired mobile device. Andrew Ochoa, the founder of Waverly Labs says that he was inspired to create the Pilot after meeting a French girl and wishing he could converse with her. Initially, the device will support English, Spanish, Italian and French, with plans in the works for Hindi, Arabic and other languages. Some languages may only be available to users who purchase add-on language packs. Don’t expect perfect translation of every conversation, however; as the video warns, “Every language has various dialects and the earpiece is designed to translate common dialects, although thick accents could disrupt this.” Waverly Labs plans to crowdfund the device via Indiegogo, where the device can be preordered for $199. The expected retail price for the Pilot will be in the $250 – $300 range. Pre-orders are currently available. The devices will ship as soon as this fall or possibly as late spring of 2017. The Pilot will be available in three different colors and includes two earpieces, a portable charger and the Pilot app, which allows users to download languages for the earpieces. Unsurprisingly, other companies are also poised to get into the wearable translation market. Microsoft UK’s chief envisioning officer Dave Coplin has said that the… 0

New Star Trek Series & 50th Anniversary

It might be hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since Star Trek first appeared on TV and this momentous anniversary happens to nearly coincide with the upcoming return of the beloved sci-fi series to CBS next year. While CBS will be showing the program, it will not appear on broadcast television, but on the network’s online streaming platform, CBS All Access. Interest in the franchise is higher than it’s been in years, with a new film, Star Trek Beyond, being released later in the year. The first teaser for the new Star Trek series was released this week along with trailers for other upcoming CBS shows. At the moment, one of the biggest questions fans are asking is how the new series will integrate into the existing Star Trek universe – or if it will at all. CBS isn’t releasing a lot of information about the series at this time and there is still very little that is known about the show outside of the network. The teaser promises new heroes, villains and new worlds, which is admittedly very vague, but seems to suggest that we’ll be seeing characters and events which take place in the same universe, but not directly connected to the film series. The new series features some Star Trek veterans in showrunner and co-creator Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), who began his career as a TV writer on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Writer and consulting producer on the new show, Nicholas Meyer, is also a Star Trek veteran, who wrote and directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Eugene Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of the 2009 Star Trek film, are executive producers. CBS hasn’t said anything yet about the plots of the new series, but it has been rumored that like Fargo or American Horror Story, the new Star Trek will be an anthology series. One especially prevalent rumor making the rounds at the moment is that the first season will take place between the events of Star Trek VI and Star Trek: The Next Generation. One thing that we do know is that the series won’t tie into the events of Star Trek Beyond, so don’t expect it to mesh with the Star Trek cinematic universe, at least not yet. We also know that the show will be available only through CBS All Access, which means that you’ll need a monthly subscription to watch the show – other than the series premiere, which will be shown on CBS in January 2017. Fans will still be waiting a while before the new CBS series begins airing, but fortunately, with Star Trek Beyond arriving in theaters on July 22, it’ll be a little easier to wait for next year’s premiere.

It might be hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since Star Trek first appeared on TV and this momentous anniversary happens to nearly coincide with the upcoming return of the beloved sci-fi series to CBS next year. While CBS will be showing the program, it will not appear on broadcast television, but on the network’s online streaming platform, CBS All Access. Interest in the franchise is higher than it’s been in years, with a new film, Star Trek Beyond, being released later in the year. The first teaser for the new Star Trek series was released this week along with trailers for other upcoming CBS shows. At the moment, one of the biggest questions fans are asking is how the new series will integrate into the existing Star Trek universe – or if it will at all. CBS isn’t releasing a lot of information about the series at this time and there is still very little that is known about the show outside of the network. The teaser promises new heroes, villains and new worlds, which is admittedly very vague, but seems to suggest that we’ll be seeing characters and events which take place in the same universe, but not directly connected to the film series. The new series features some Star Trek veterans in showrunner and co-creator Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), who began his career as a TV writer on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Writer and consulting producer on the new show, Nicholas Meyer, is also a Star Trek veteran, who wrote and directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Eugene Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of the 2009 Star Trek film, are executive producers. CBS hasn’t said anything yet about the plots of the new series, but it has been rumored that like Fargo or American Horror Story, the new Star Trek will be an anthology series. One especially prevalent rumor making the rounds at the moment is that the first season will take place between the events of Star Trek VI and Star Trek: The Next Generation. One thing that we do know is that the series won’t tie into the events of Star Trek Beyond, so don’t expect it to mesh with the Star Trek cinematic universe, at least not yet. We also know that the show will be available only through CBS All Access, which means that you’ll need a monthly subscription to watch the show – other than the series premiere, which will be shown on CBS in January 2017. Fans will still be waiting a while before the new CBS series begins airing, but fortunately, with Star Trek Beyond arriving in theaters on July 22, it’ll be a little easier to wait for next year’s premiere.

Kitten On The Edge of Forever

  This is one of those moments when we stop reporting the SF news, and simply drop a meme.  We just wanted a laugh, and this came up. The quote is from City of the Edge of Forever for those Trekkers who’ve forgotten…..   [pinup-pro type=”pinit” pin_url=”CURRENT” pin_image_url=”” pin_counter=”horizontal” pin_desc=””] Get the book Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins The Cast Of Star Wars Rebels

You probably know her best as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but sci-fi fans can now look forward to Sarah Michelle Gellarin a new role: as the voice of a recurring character on season two of “Star Wars Rebels,” the popular Disney XD series. Gellar’s involvement with the series was announced recently by Disney. Taking place between the events of Revenge Of The Sith and the original 1977 Star Wars film, Star Wars Rebels tells the story of the starship Ghost and its crew as they try to keep one step ahead of the ever more powerful Empire. Season one drew over 49 million viewers and seems poised to become even more popular in its second season, with series creators saying that fan favorites like Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano will become recurring characters. “Star Wars Rebels” takes place between episodes III and IV of the blockbuster space saga, and follows the ragtag crew of the starship Ghost as they attempt to evade the growing Empire and its agents. In season two, the series will feature recurring appearances by fan-favorite characters including Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano. The show reached more than 49 million viewers in its first season. Disney has not yet announced what role Gellar will be playing on Star Wars Rebels, but executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni is excited about her involvement, as is Gellar, being a fan of the series herself. “We’re thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two. Her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions,” said Filoni. Gellar will be in good company. The cast includes her husband Freddie Prinze Jr., Steve Blum, Taylor Gray, David Oyelowo (from “Selma”), Tia Sircar and Vanessa Marshall.

First Official LGBT Character Added To The Star Wars Universe

The Star Wars universe is about to become a little bigger and a lot more diverse with the upcoming publication of the novel Lords of the Sith by author Paul S. Kemp. According to a report from the website Big Shiny Robot, the character is a driven, capable Imperial leader named Moff Mors who also happens to be a lesbian. Shelly Shapiro, the editor of the book, talked about the character on the Full of Sith podcast, saying “This is certainly the first [LGBT] character in canon, but there was a gay Mandalorian couple, so it’s not brand new.” There’s a lot of diversity-there should be diversity in “Star Wars.” You have all these different species and it would be silly to not also recognize that there’s a lot of diversity in humans.” Shapiro feels that if there is any message behind the introduction of Moff Mors, it’s that Star Wars is a diverse universe and it would feel dishonest to act as if it wasn’t. Moff Mors might be the first major, explicitly LGBT character in the Star Wars universe, but this is certainly not the first time that same sex relationships have been explored in other Star Wars stories. For instance, a gay Mandalorian couple is referred to in the Star Wars novel Legacy of the Force and the BioWare RPG Knights of the Old Republic had a lesbian party member named Juhani, although her sexuality was not a major element of the game. To learn more about the impact of diversity in video games and science fiction and fantasy more broadly, you may want to read A Character Like Me, an opinion piece written for Polygon by David Gaider.   [pinup-pro type=”follow” follow_name=”qrcodequeen” follow_size=”medium”]

Wil Wheaton Explains Patrick Stewart Facepalm Photo

When Captain Jean-Luc Picard (and the actor who portrays the character, Patrick Stewart) is frustrated or generally unimpressed with what’s going on, it’s easy to tell. As Star Trek: The Next Generation fans are well aware, the “Picard Facepalm” is a dead giveaway. However, this is a gesture which is normally associated with some kind of problem on the Starship Enterprise or on the set of his latest project rather than a very touching proposal of marriage, although a photo currently making the rounds online seems to suggest otherwise. Patrick Stewart was in attendance at a recent Star Trek: TNG event where fans could have their pictures taken with cast members; and one attendee decided that this was the perfect occasion to propose to his girlfriend, which surprised her as well as the crew of the Enterprise. A photo of the moment shows everyone looking surprised or confused, but Patrick Stewart appears irritated. However, Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG’s Wesley Crusher) took to Reddit to tell the real story of this viral photo. “I’m not sure why this picture is being circulated online, like Patrick is giving the literal Picard Facepalm, because that’s just not what happened,” said Wheaton. Wheaton explained that the cast were all happy for the couple and felt honored to be present; and that Stewart was simply wiping his brow at the moment the photo was snapped. A second photo taken just afterwards provides an accurate portrait of what really happened, with Stewart looking delighted and clapping, along with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and LeVar Burton, who look overcome. For his part, Wheaton looks more surprised than anyone, even the bride-to-be. According to Wheaton, the couple had met Marina Sirtis earlier that day; she had given the fan some good natured ribbing about not having married his girlfriend and was moved to tears when the young man proposed. One waggish Reddit user commented, “I guess when the cast of Star Trek tells you to engage, you make it so,” to quote Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Wheaton also explained his appearance in the photo, telling Reddit readers that he’d been ill with the flu and had nearly missed the shoot; as he put it, “I sat there and smiled for everyone as best as I could, grateful that I’d spent the entire night throwing up so there was nothing left in me to vomit all over the fans like I was cosplaying from the Exorcist.” He added that he was pleased that he was able to tough it out and be there for this once in a lifetime moment.

Genesis: From Genesis to Revelation and Game of Thrones

(November 17, 2014– Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande Records is proud to announce two album releases in conjunction with Record Store Day Black Friday on November 28: Genesis: From Genesis to Revelation and GAME OF THRONES: Season One double album, composed by Ramin Djawadi.  Both albums will be released on 180-gram vinyl. This release of Genesis: From Genesis to Revelation is the first time it has appeared on vinyl since its original U.S. release in 1974. It is the debut album from the beloved group, featuring the original core Genesis line-up of Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, and Peter Gabriel.  The Varèse Sarabande release has been painstakingly put together to recreate the original vinyl experience. GAME OF THRONES is one of the classic television shows of our time, with one of the most famous and already iconic main title themes.  This double-vinyl album features the original Game of Thrones theme along with all the music for the first season that launched the epic saga of the Starks and the Lannisters.  Now, for the first time, the multi-media sensation GAME OF THRONES is being released on vinyl. Genesis: From Genesis to Revelation Side One: 1 Where The Sour Turns To Sweet 2 In the Beginning 3 Fireside Song 4 The Serpent 5 Am I Very Wrong? 6 In the Wilderness Side Two: 1 The Conqueror 2 In Hiding 3 One Day 4 Window 5 In Limbo 6 The Silent Sun 7 A Place to Call My Own GAME OF THRONES Season 1 Side I (18:21) 1. Main Title (1:46) 2. North Of The Wall (3:48) 3. Goodbye Brother (3:07) 4. The Kingsroad (2:06) 5. The King’s Arrival (3:34) 6. Love In The Eyes (4:00) Side II (16:24) 1. A Raven From King’s Landing (1:16) 2. The Wall (1:59) 3. Things I Do For Love (1:52) 4. A Golden Crown (1:38) 5. Winter Is Coming (2:42) 6. I Lost My First Boy (2:02) 7. Await The King’s Justice (2:00) 8. You’ll Be Queen One Day (1:36) 9. The Assassin’s Dagger (1:19) Side III (16:47) 1. To Vaes Dothrak (1:29) 2. Jon’s Honor (2:35) 3. Black Of Hair (1:40) 4. You Win Or You Die (1:57) 5. Small Pack Of Wolves (1:57) 6. Game Of Thrones (1:18) 7. We Will Kill Them All (2:35) 8. The Pointy End (3:16) Side IV (16:14) 1. Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors (1:35) 2. When The Sun Rises In The West (2:40) 3. King Of The North (1:28) 4. The Night’s Watch (1:44) 5. Fire And Blood (4:30) 6. Finale (2:31) 7. Main Title — Season II [Bonus Track] (1:46) Genesis: From Genesis to Revelation (limited edition 3500 copies) and GAME OF THRONES: Season One (limited edition 5000 copies) from Varèse Sarabande Records will be available wherever record albums are sold on November 28, 2014. ### ABOUT VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden… 0

Where Did Star Trek 3 Go?

The news about Star Wars: Episode VII has been sucking all the oxygen out of the room for about a year now. It’s gotten so much attention, in fact, that it’s easy to forget that we haven’t been hearing a lot about Star Trek 3. So far, we know that Roberto Orci, who has written for the franchise before, will be directing. That’s actually about all we know so far. We haven’t even heard about a projected release date, which is a real rarity for a major film franchise. Really, all we have to go on for the moment is hope and speculation and of course, the fans are hoping that Star Trek 3 gets the franchise back on track after Into Darkness. We don’t know if Orci or anyone else involved in the film is paying attention to what the fans are saying at this point, but just in case, here’s a list of things we’d like to see in the next Star Trek film. Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before It used to be that Star Trek TV series and films were centered on the idea of discovery and exploration of the universe. Think about it: Deep Space Nine may not have been going anywhere, but the crew were constantly coming into contact with the new and unexpected. There will always be a place for action in the Star Trek universe, but at its core, the franchise is really about exploration, education and fostering communication which advances both the human race and the other spacefaring species that the Federation contacts. We Don’t Need To Start On Earth Ideally, we’d like Earth to be entirely out of the picture in Star Trek 3. We know Earth, we love it – but it’s not the planet we watch Star Trek to see. It’s a big universe out there and if the movie doesn’t stick to the promise that the Enterprise was starting its five year mission to explore uncharged space, a lot of us are going to be disappointed. We really don’t need to see Earth this time around, thanks. Fans know that there are plenty of talented writers at work on the new film and there’s absolutely no reason that they can’t find some new and exciting places for Kirk and the crew to visit. No Next Generation, Please We love Star Trek: The Next Generation, but that doesn’t mean that we need to see the Borg, meet Data or have a young cadet named Picard hanging around in Star Trek 3. As good of an idea as it might seem, it’s really unnecessary. There are so many other stories that could be told that it doesn’t make sense to retread what’s come before (although we’d be happy to see a TNG movie at some point in the future). This latest Star Trek film series is a reboot, which means that it needs to do something new if it wants to keep old fans and win over new ones. Give McCoy A Bigger Role The first two movies in the rebooted franchise have given us plenty of… 0

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