Klingon Farts and Summer Fun

That would be a different kind of global warming I guess

Welcome to Star Trekking, my attempt to share points of interest and random intersections in the final frontier.

Funny what sticks with you.

When I was 12 I cashed out a savings bond given to me by my grandfather. I used the proceeds to buy Star Trek books.

I still don’t regret it.

Whenever we’d go to the mall bookstores (remember when there were competing bookstores in a mall? Good times…)  I’d hit the science fiction section and glance at the spines, always coveting the James Blish novelizations and admiring the photos inside the three primary non-fiction books always shelved nearby.

Armed with cash, I grabbed all three.

These books transformed me. I read them multiple times, referred to them for details. Likely they are the exact reason that my favorite thing to read is non-fiction ABOUT my favorite TV shows rather than fictional stories set in those universes.

Anyway, David Gerrold’s World of Star Trek immediately impressed me with both its depth of knowledge and its forthright tone. Gerrold pulls no punches, pointing out the series’ numerous flaws alongside its many charms.

The phrase that stuck with me, because when I was 12 it was the single funniest sentence I’d ever read, came amidst Gerrold’s description of Star Trek villains: Klingons fart in airlocks.

It’s perfect. It tells you everything you need to know about Klingons while also making you (or at least me) laugh.



MEANWHILE…

It’s time to go outside and have fun!

(h/t @brianmleet for sharing this with me)


Logical.


Fun in the sun.


I remember seeing all of these on store shelves because I am, apparently, old…


Literally the summer of ‘69.


The Flash Gordon/Summer Star Trek crossover you didn’t know you needed.


If your summer plans include a Trek trance party, you may want to consider playing this.


And finally, how about some "Sunny Optimism."


Okay, no summer is complete without a concert in the town band shell, so here’s a collection of excellent marches, including a certain one by Jerry Goldsmith.


DIRECTIVES

  1. If you, too, have wondered where Trek designers get chairs and glassware and such, well, here you go my friend: Star Trek + Design.

  2. The Picard Maneuver part 2.

  3. Chateau Picard wine glasses for your summer soiree.

  4. Trek and fatherhood.

  5. Don’t miss this honest look at grief and the healing power of Trek fandom, from our friend Brooke.


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Until next time,

LOVE long…and prosper.

Neil


Star Trekking is written and edited by Neil Shurley, except where noted.
Star Trekking logo art by James H. Dargie.
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