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WHAT IF: Transporters Were Invented Tomorrow?

Every Wednesday, we’re asking a what-if question – how would our world be different if something were changed? Today’s question is from QSFer Scott: What if someone invented a working Star Trek-type transporter tomorrow? How would it change the world? Share your serious scientific analyses, your off-color jokes, and random thoughts on the topic on our FB and MeWe Groups: FB: MeWe:

TV: Jeri Ryan On Playing Half of Star Trek’s Lesbian Couple

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Star Trek: Picard star Jeri Ryan discusses Seven of Nine’s enduring legacy and the origin of the “hottest lesbian couple” in the franchise’s history. Ryan made her debut over two decades ago as the former Borg drone Seven on season four of Star Trek: Voyager. The character quickly became one of the long-running sci-fi franchise’s top fan-favourites for her fierce attitude and dynamic storyline. Now, Ryan is returning to the role once again for the second season of Star Trek: Picard. In the first season of the show, fans watched as a beautiful romance formed between Seven and Jean-Luc Picard’s … Read more

George Takei Shares the “Torture” of Being Closeted

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Star Trek star George Takei has opened up about the “torture” of hiding his sexuality in the face of his parents’ strength fighting injustice. Takei, who played lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the original series, recalled the terror of his family being sent to a Japanese-American internment camp during an interview with the Telegraph. The actor and activist described how his father walked into his bedroom when he was five to say that the family was “going to have to move”. While he was waiting in the front room with his younger brother, Takei recalled seeing “two soldiers” carrying “rifles with … Read more

Wilson Cruz on Discovery’s Queer Appeal

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As Dr Hugh Culber in Star Trek: Discovery, Wilson Cruz became the gay man who saved the universe. But the actor has been fighting for change ever since his career began, deciding to be his true self from the start. In playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, he became the first out gay actor to play a lead gay character in an American television series. PinkNews caught up with him before the Discovery season four premiere – yes, before it was announced it wouldn’t be on Netflix. But don’t worry, will premiere in the UK on Friday (26 November) … Read more

TV: Star Trek: Prodigy Includes Non-Binary Lead

Star Trek: Prodigy

Star Trek: Prodigy is introducing a new generation of kids to the utopian values of Starfleet with a refreshingly diverse cast, including a non-binary main character. The animated Star Trek kids’ series premiered on Paramount+ last week with a star-studded voice cast including Ella Purnell, Brett Gray, Rylee Alazraqui, Angus Imrie and Jason Mantzoukas. The show is already winning praise for its thoughtful messaging, which teaches children the importance of acceptance, individuality and looking beyond appearances. Full Story from Pink News

William Shatner to Go Into Space

William Shatner

Science fiction will soon become reality, as William Shatner is scheduled to launch on the next crewed spaceflight of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The company plans to fly the Canadian actor, who famously played Capt. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” television series, as one of the passengers on the company’s New Shepard rocket. The launch is planned for Oct. 12. Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers, is joining the flight, with the crew of four rounded out by previously announced members Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries. Full Story … Read more

There Are Trans Tribbles!

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The Transcendent Caracal and Transcendent Tribble pets both feature pink, blue and white colouring to support the trans community. “This breed has a bright pastel coloration that shows its fearless nature, and can be found in all manner of places as it seems to thrive on overcoming boundaries,” reads the blog description of the Tribble. Star Trek Online community manager Mike Fatum discussed the pets with Daily Star Trek News: “The name was chosen to fit more with Star Trek lore, but the in game descriptions, and the fact that these items are the colours of the trans flag, are meant to really signify that [Star … Read more

Discovery’s Mary Wiseman Confirms She’s “Queer and Proud”

Mary Wiseman

Star Trek: Discovery‘s LGBT+ crew just grew a little bigger as actor Mary Wiseman confirms she is “queer and proud”. Wiseman, a powerhouse actor who plays fan-favourite Ensign Tilly, revealed that she has loved “people of all genders” in a recent interview with That small detail almost wasn’t published as the Zoom call’s audio cut out just as Wiseman started to say “I’m not straight”. Some shrewd lip-reading prompted writer Dawn Ennis to follow up with Wiseman, who happily confirmed it in a Twitter DM. “I did say this! It’s not a big deal at all, I just didn’t … Read more

SPOILERS: Star Trek Discovery Adds Non-Binary Actor/Character

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Star Trek: Discovery makes trans history in its latest episode, with the non-binary actor Blu del Barrio making their exciting debut as Adira – and there’s a lot more to their character than meets the eye. After a big, bold start to the third season, Star Trek: Discovery continues at a clippy pace as the crew get their bearings in the 23rd century, a universe that’s vastly different to the one they knew. Episode three sees the Discovery journey to Earth to learn what became of the Federation all those centuries ago. Enter newcomer Blu del Barrio as the teen … Read more