“Ten for Ward” #18 at StarTrek.com: 10 Star Trek Books I Wish I’d Written.

And so the good, innocent folk over at StarTrek.com asked me yet again to provide a new column, having obviously failed to heed the lessons of articles past. Because of that error in judgment, I was once again afforded the opportunity to pollute their virtual space with yet another installment of my irregularly recurring series for them, “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you new to this phenomenon, the premise is pretty simple: Every so often, I’m invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can come up with at the time my editor tosses a treat into my cage and asks for a new column.

This time, I let juuuuuuuuuuust a teeny bit of jealousy peek out from behind the curtain, and compiled a list of Star Trek books of various flavors where I thought the premise and/or finished product was so cool that I honestly wish I’d written it myself. There have been many such books, Trek and otherwise, over the years, but I had to keep this list to ten (Hence the name. See what I did there?), otherwise we’d be here all day. For example:

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Trek or Treat, by Terry Flanagan & Eleanor Ehrhardt – Decades before the internet would make memes and other funny pictures a bedrock component of our everyday online lives, there was this tome from 1977. Photos taken from TOS episodes get humorous captions, most of which are admittedly silly, but I DON’T CARE. This is an idea that demands revisiting and updating, by golly, and I’m your guy. So far as I’m concerned, this is the ONLY canon Star Trek book.

Check out the rest of the list — which includes shout-outs friends Paula Block, Terry Erdmann, David Mack, Greg Cox, Dean Wesley Smith, Paul Ruditis, and Rick Sternbach over at StarTrek.com:

Ten for Ward #18: 10 Star Trek Books I Wish I’d Written

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

So, what do you think? Some other book(s) I should’ve listed, but didn’t? Or, maybe there’s a Star Trek book you wish you’d written? Let me know in the comments, here or over at the article itself.

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“Ten for Ward” #17 at StarTrek.com: The Secret Stories Behind 10 Star Trek Puzzles

It’s been more than a year since my last contribution to StarTrek.com, and I’m absolutely certain this latest piece will explain why that’s the case.

stpuzzle-dustyabel50thThe family and I have recently been flirting with jigsaw puzzles. Our coffee table currently is covered with the 1,000 scattered pieces of just such a puzzle, which depicts the theater poster for the classic science fiction film, Forbidden Planet. Once that’s done, we’ll be turning our attention to the 3,000-piece monstrosity that is artist Dusty Abell‘s glorious celebration of Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary.

Buying this thing started me thinking about other Star Trek puzzles, particularly those from when I was a kid. Now with children of my own, I’ve occasionally re-acquired a certain book, toy, or other doo-dad from my youth to share with them, and among the earlier purchases were old Trek jigsaw puzzles. Most of them were fairly simple – 150 to 300 pieces – that we could assemble together, especially when they were younger and just starting to figure out those kinds of things. A few of those old puzzles still make me smile with their goofy charm.

And then, as can happen when I sleep too little and drink perhaps a bit too much, my imagination starts to wander and I begin to conjure stories to go with the wacky scenes being depicted in some of these things. For example, what the hell is going on here?

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Little too much “Animated” or “Gold Key Comic” Star Trekkyness for you? Okay, what about this one?

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I know, right?

Find out the “secret,” insomnia fueled back story behind these puzzles and eight others, with my latest Ten for Ward installment:

StarTrek.com: Dayton Ward’s Secret Stories for 10 Star Trek Jigsaw Puzzles

And if this ends up being my final column for the site, now you know why.

“Ten for Ward” #16 at StarTrek.com: 10 Star Trek Ultimate Holiday Wish List Items

Somebody left their blog door open again.

This time, it’s the kind, gentle people over at StarTrek.com of whom I’m taking unbridled advantage. Once again, I’m all up in their jammy, scribbling various flavors of weirdness all over their website with my usual unchecked fanboy yammering. The result of this little exercise in blabbery is a little something I like to call “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who haven’t yet experienced this phenomenon, it goes like this: Every once in a while, I’m invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can come up with at the time my editor pushes my button and asks for a new column.

For this latest installment, and given that we’re approaching holiday gift shopping season, I decided to offer up my “Ultimate Holiday Gift Wish List.” Now, I understand that many if not all people will consider most of the items on said list to be some shade of “unobtainable,” but here’s the deal: I don’t need your negativity. Leave me to my geeky fantasies, and I won’t judge you for wanting to go on that dancing show partnered with Taylor Swift or that guy from that show that nobody remembers, all right?

Anyway, here’s my “wish list,” in the purest, most truthful sense of the term:

Ten for Ward #16 – 10 Star Trek Ultimate Holiday Wish List Items

For those wondering, here’s a hint as to what we’re taking about:

dayton-enterprise-modelAs is always the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive” list or a rundown of “the best,” and I invite you to offer up your own favorites in the comments section, either here or over at StarTrek.com.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, now it’s your turn: Chime in with your own “Ultimate Star Trek Holiday Wish List.”

“Ten for Ward” #15 at StarTrek.com: 10 Favorite Trek Musical Pieces

Hey, we haven’t done this in a while.

The good folk over at StarTrek.com have once again taken leave of their senses and invited me into their realm to scribble all over their virtual walls with my particular flavor of digital babblings. What happens when they let me do that? A little something I like to call “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who are new to the Fog and need an explanation, here’s the deal: Every so often, I’m invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can come up with whenever my editor pulls my chain and asks for a new column.

For this latest episode, I pondered the music of Star Trek, its impact on the franchise as well as my personal enthusiasm for it and how it is a major aid to my own writing. As I said over there, I could spend days talking on this particular topic, so it was a major challenge to limit myself to a list of ten favorite pieces.

What did I end up with?

Ten for Ward #15 – 10 Favorite Trek Musical Pieces

doomsdayAs is always the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive” list or a rundown of “the best,” and I invite you to offer up your own favorites in the comments section, either here or over at StarTrek.com.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, now it’s your turn to hit me with your favorite pieces of Star Trek music?

“Ten for Ward” #14 at StarTrek.com: 10 Favorite Childhood Star Trek Toys.

Let’s get the new year kicked off in proper fashion, shall we? Amirite? Awwww, yeah.

My friends over at StarTrek.com, who generally have decent taste in website material, have nevertheless given me free reign of the place so that I might occasionally pollute their digital realm with all manner of stylized blatherings. The result of this online equivalent of writing on a truck stop restroom wall is a little something I like to call “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who are new to the Fog and need an explanation, here’s the deal: Every so often, I’m invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can come up with whenever my editor pulls my chain and asks for a new column.

For this latest installment and since we’re still getting over Christmas 2014, I went and listed ten of my favorite Star Trek toys from my distant childhood (pipe down. It’s not that distant). I have many fond memories in this regard, as I grew up at a time when Star Trek primarily was a source of great fun, rather than an endless stream of annoying internet arguments over crap like what’s “canon” or what constitutes a “real fan” or whatever. sit.

What did I end up with?

Ten for Ward #14 – Ten Favorite Childhood Star Trek Toys

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As is always the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive” list or a rundown of “the best,” and I invite you to offer up your own favorites in the comments section, either here or over at StarTrek.com. Even though I go to great lengths to say all of tha here and in the actual article, someone will always take me to task because I didn’t include something they feel deserves mentioning. Maybe we’ll break the pattern, this time.

Stop laughing.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, now it’s your turn to hit me with your favorite childhood Star Trek toys and other bits of nostalgia. Who had what?

“Ten for Ward” #13 at StarTrek.com: 10 Favorite Star Trek “Behind the Scenes” Books.

So, it’s been a while since we did one of these.

The good people over at StarTrek.com, having failed to learn from past mistakes, have opened their virtual doors and provided me with a bit of room to run around over on their site. Once unleashed, I wasted no time spray-painting the walls with yet another installment of my semi-regularly recurring blog series, “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who are new to the Fog and need an explanation, here’s the deal: I’m invited every so often to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor rings my bell and asks for a new column.

For this latest installment, I list ten of my favorite Star Trek books that take a peek behind the curtain to show us how the various television series (or films) were made. I’m a sucker for this sort of book, and the development and production of the original Star Trek series in particular has always been a favorite topic of mine to revisit. Obviously there are more than ten such books, but I’ve got a whole theme thing going on over there a StarTrek.com, so I had to stick to my guns…all ten of ’em.

What did I come up with?

Ten for Ward #13 – Ten Favorite Star Trek “Behind the Scenes” Books

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As is the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive list, so any and all suggestions are more than welcome. Feel free to offer your ideas here or in the comments section for the column itself.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

So, who’s got some favorite books like these?

“Ten for Ward” #12 at StarTrek.com: Ten Star Trek Episodes That Can Work As Stage Plays.

The fine folks over at StarTrek.com, having taken complete leave of their senses, have seen fit to allow me a bit of space over on their site, which I proceeded to pollute with yet another installment of my semi-regularly recurring blog series, “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who’ve arrived here since the last time we did this, here’s how it goes: I’m invited every so often to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor rings my bell and asks for a new column.

For this latest episode, I offer up a list of ten Star Trek episodes representing all of the television series as candidates to be adapted for presentation as stage plays. In truth, the bulk of Star Trek episodes could probably fall more or less into this category, but I’m of the opinion that some would not work nearly as well as others. However, I also believe a whole bunch of them would work just fine in that medium, and I could’ve listed way more than ten examples. However, doing so would not be in keeping with my columns whole naming shtick thing.

So, what did I come up with?

Ten for Ward #12 – Ten Star Trek Episodes That Can Work As Stage Plays

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As is the case with each of the previous columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive list, so any and all suggestions are more than welcome. Feel free to offer your ideas here or in the comments section for the column itself.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

So, who’s got some favorite candidates?

“Ten for Ward” #11 at StarTrek.com: Ten Insane Star Trek Crossovers

It’s been a while since we last did this…so long, in fact, that I was beginning to think I’d somehow angered the good folks over at StarTrek.com. But, my fears were eased when I received an e-Mail a few weeks back asking about my interest in contributing yet another installment of my irregularly recurring blog series, “Ten for Ward.”

Recapping for you new people: I’m invited every so often to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor throws a rock at me and asks for a new column.

For this newest entry, I decided to do a little of that “What if?” thing, and ponder what might happen if Kirk or one of the other Star Trek captains and their crews were to cross paths with characters from other science fiction or comics-based franchises. The result?

Ten for Ward #11 – Ten Insane Star Trek Crossovers That Would Still Be Awesome

And yes, if you’re wondering, this one did indeed make the list, BECAUSE REASONS:

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As always, this isn’t intended to be a “definitive list” for such things, so the floor’s open to any and all suggestions. Feel free to offer your ideas here or in the comments section for the column itself.

In related news, it actually looks like this “irregular” thing will become somewhat more “regular” as I’ve been asked to provide columns for StarTrek.com on a bi-monthly basis going forward. Thanks very much to my editor and the rest of the staff over there, for letting me play in their sandbox every once in a while. You can check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, then. Who’s got a good crossover notion?

“Ten for Ward” #10 at StarTrek.com: Ten Star Trek Episodes As Movies

Yep, the good people over at StarTrek.com managed to corral me one more time before we ring out 2013, letting me loose in their sandbox to scribble down another installment of my irregularly recurring blog series for them, “Ten for Ward.”

For those who haven’t yet checked out my blatherings over there, I’m invited every so often to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor throws a rock at me and asks for a new column.

For this newest entry, I once again solicited outside assistance, this time taking to my Facebook page and asking which Star Trek episode–from any of the series–might make a good candidate for wholesale re-adaptation/re-imagining/re-booting/re-whatevering in order to make it work with the current incarnation of Captain Kirk and his Enterprise crew. I already had a few ideas of my own, of course, but I wanted to see what other people might be thinking. While most of the discussion ended up revolving around original series episodes, a few candidates from the spin-off shows were offered up, as well.

What did I end up with? Well, check it out, sports fans:

Ten for Ward #10 – Ten Star Trek Episodes As Movies

As I said over there, this isn’t meant to be “The List,” so if I didn’t mention an episode you think makes for good movie remake fodder, feel free to offer it and your reasons in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer up suggestions, and thanks as always to my editor and other fine folk at StarTrek.com who let me run around loose on their playground once in a while. You can check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

So, who’s got more suggestions for the list?

“Ten for Ward” #9 at StarTrek.com: Ten Star Trek Novels for the New Star Trek Novel Reader

It’s been a while since I last polluted the aether over at StarTrek.com, but the good people there have decided the time was right to let me have the run of the place for a bit. With that in mind, they gave me license to offer up yet another installment of my irregularly recurring blog series for them, “Ten for Ward.”

For those who haven’t yet sampled the so-called “column,” I’m periodically invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor asks me for a new column.

For this latest entry, I solicited the help of regular readers of this here blog-thing, asking them to offer suggestions as to what Star Trek novel might make a good entry point for the Trek fan who hadn’t yet seen fit to sample the books. I received several good suggestions, and mixed in a few of my own to round out the list I eventually wrote for the article.

The result? That would be this right here:

Ten for Ward #9 – Ten Star Trek Novels for the New Star Trek Novel Reader

If we didn’t mention a title you think makes for a fine introduction to Star Trek novels for the first-time reader, feel free to offer it and your reasons in the comments section at the bottom of the article. The more, the merrier!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer up suggestions, and thanks as always to my editor and other good people at StarTrek.com who let me play in their sandbox every so often. You can check out all of the “Ten for Ward” columns just clicking on this rather swank-looking logo-type thing:

So, who’s got more to add to the list?