Spring may not be here just yet, but I know it can’t be too far away. Why? Because the latest issue of the official Star Trek magazine has arrived, and it’s the “Spring 2012” issue! Since I got my copy in the mail, you can expect to see it in stores within the next week or so. I can sense your breathless anticipation coursing through the interwebs to me.
“Spies and Secret Missions” is the theme du jour this time around. What’s that? You say you want the rundown on what all fills this new issue to the bursting point with all sorts of Trekkie goodness? Well, all righty then. Here we go:
First, there’s the usual assortment of news pertaining to the production of the latest Star Trek film, as well as info on new products including a rundown of all the new Star Trek novels coming in 2012 from Pocket Books. There’s a fun update on the rediscovery of the long-lost and believed gone-forever shuttlecraft Galileo full-size prop from the original series.
A tribute to Charles Napier, popular character actor with a resume spanning more than forty years, who passed away back in October. Napier had guest turns in the original series episode “The Way to Eden” as well as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s “Little Green Men.”
Calum Waddell has a new interview with Garak himself, Andrew Robinson.
I contribute a feature titled “Spy Trek,” which takes a look at all sorts of clandestine missions and secret agent shenanigans as carried out by various Trek characters across the various series. Carrying on with the issue’s theme, Brian J. Robb takes a detailed look at Section 31 in “The Spying Game.”
The “Star Trek 45s” series concludes in this issue, with looks back at the Voyager episode “Dragon’s Teeth,” and the Enterprise episodes “Fight of Flight,” “The Breach,” and “Divergence.”
An interesting article contributed by Mark Phillips examines what various newspapers and magazines were saying about the original Star Trek series back in the day.
Dr. Chris Dows returns with his regular “Treknology” column, and Larry Nemecek is back with his usual helping of “A Fistful of Data,” showcasing anecdotes and rare photos from Trek‘s long production history.
Another set of articles takes a look at the final episodes of each of the Star Trek series. I supply a quick-hit retrospective of the last original series episode, and the other series are ably covered by Kirsten Beyer, Keith R.A DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, Scott Pearson, and Bernie Watson.
The world of Trek fiction gets its usual love, in the form of an exclusive excerpt from the latest novel, The Rings of Time by Greg Cox. There also are reviews of recent novels and comics from IDW.
And there you go.
This issue is the last to be edited by Paul Simpson. Paul first approached me and Kevin to write for the magazine back in 2006, and since then–working together or solo–we’ve contributed nearly forty articles covering a wide range of topics. Two in particular–the Captain Proton retrospective and episode guide, and our “updates” to the fan-favorite Spaceflight Chronology reference book–rank among some of the most fun things I’ve ever written. Paul has always been open to ideas, honest and deliberate with editorial direction, and respectful of the writers in his charge. It was a pleasure to work with him on Star Trek, and I hope we can work together again sometime soon.
But, for now? Head on out and get yourself a copy or two of this new issue, whydontcha?