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Remember the TNG episode 'Rascals?' It's a pretty good one, here's a refresher --                        http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Rascals

The writer of the episode is an incredibly talented woman by the name of Diana Dru Botsford. She also has very good taste, because she has agreed to be interviewed by the crew of the USS Blackheart! I'll be collecting questions from the crew, and I'll put them together for an interview we'll run in our newsletter and on our Facebook group. You have ONE WEEK to put your questions together and get them to me, and then they'll be sent to her home via subspace channels.

Here's some more information about Diana:

Her production credits include writing, producing, and directing for a wide variety of series and films. Her screenwriting credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiral Zone, and a variety of children’s series for CBS, NBC and independent networks. As a visual effects director Botsford has enjoyed the opportunity to play techno junkie while telling people like George Clooney how to stand in front of a bluescreen. She has produced multiple series for television such as the CBS series Harts of the West and Nightgames. Her theatrical credits include visual effects directing and supervision for a wide variety of films including Nightmare of Elm Street VI, Tank Girl, From Dusk Til Dawn, Terminator 2 and many independent films. As Associate Producer for D.I.C. Enterprises and then later as VP of Family Programming for Kushner-Locke, she produced over 1,000 hours of animation for shows that included Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff, M*A*S*K Force, Spiral Zone, and the Columbia/Tristar film Pound Puppies & the Legend of Big Paw. Most recently, Botsford served as Executive Producer on the Missouri State University Electronic Arts SF short Apollo which was a recent selection at the Athens, Greece International Science Fiction Film Festival.

Her primary writing focus is on science fiction for a variety of mediums including books, film, television, theatre and comics. In addition to Botsford’s Stargate: SG-1 novel The Four Dragons (out now!), and the sequel, The Drift (2011), her recently completed written work includes the SF novel Critical Past and the comic book series The Fracture.

Have at, mateys! Shoot questions privately to me, or discuss them with wild abandon on the 'Privateers' list. Enjoy!.


X Prize Offers $10 million for a Real-Life Star Trek Medical Tricorder

The X Prize Foundation, not content with its endeavors into cheaper space transport and speedier decoding of the human genome, has announced a $10 million prize fund for the first person or team to invent a medical diagnosis tricorder.

A tricorder, if you're not up to speed with sci-fi in general and Star Trek in particular, is a hand-held "omniscanner" that can analyse your environment, record data, or quickly diagnose medical maladies. The Tricorder X Prize challenge is only interested in medical diagnosis, though, and to claim the $10 million prize, entrants will have to create a tricorder that brings "understandable, easily accessible health information and metrics to consumers on their mobile devices, pointing them to earlier actions for care." The X Prize tricorder would be ideal for diagnosis in remote locations, or in countries where advanced medical care is hard to come by.


German TV Fail: Star Trek’s Maquis NOT Involved In Bin Laden Mission

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. Check it out below.

German TV Fail: Maquis NOT involved in Bin Laden Mission

On Thursday the German news channel N24 was covering the death of Osama bin Laden and how the US Navy’s "SEAL Team Six" headed up the mission in Pakistan last Sunday. At one point N24 host Mick Locher showed off what he thought was the official emblem for SEAL Team Six, check it out...



Two new TV spots for director J. J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg's forthcoming science fiction thriller "Super 8" are now online. The clips from the Paramount Pictures film feature new footage from the fairly secretive monster movie project.

"Super 8" stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, AJ Michalka, Zach Mills, and Gabriel Basso. Click more below to view the movies.



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