Vacant Expressions 57: Nerd News, Picard, Venom, and More

We talk free education and other public goods and services that could benefit humanity. Then we shift gears to news on a World War Z sequel, A new Star Trek show starring the legendary Patrick Stewart, the state of the Star Trek franchise, a quick review of Venom, and the upcoming X-Men movies. 200 Universities […]

What if the US Adopted the Prime Directive?

– By J.W. Fox – “No starship may interfere with the normal development of any alien life or society.“ -Starfleet General Order 1 Star Trek portrays a utopian future where humanity has overcome many of the flaws in its nature to become an advanced, enlightened, peaceful, and prosperous civilization. Our rise takes place before the […]

Discovery is a Visually Stunning and Exciting Show, But it Isn’t Star Trek

– By J.W. Fox – The newest Star Trek series is now underway after numerous delays. Star Trek Discovery, which inexplicably is on CBS’s streaming service rather than regular TV, is a half dozen episodes into season one. That provides a pretty good sized sample for viewers to get a handle on what kind of […]

Thoughtcrime 039: A Brighter Future

  In these dark times of war, recession, and elections, I thought I’d take some time to cheer you up. This episode is my case for a brighter future, one where we will live like the people of Star Trek’s Federation. Happier, healthier, wiser, freer and more prosperous than ever before! See Links Below for […]

Trekonomics by Manu Saadia

– By J.W. Fox – There are countless books about Star Trek out there, but if you were interested in reading about the economics of the future, there is only one. Academic and longtime Trekkie Manu Saadia examines the economic system of the United Federation of Planets in his book Trekonomics: The Economics of Star […]

Star Trek Discovery Delayed Six Months

– By J.W. Fox – Trekkies will have to wait a little longer for their beloved Star Trek to return to television. This week, CBS announced the series premiere of Star Trek Discovery will be pushed back six months to mid-2017. Yet, most bloggers and fans seem to be breathing a sigh of relief rather […]

Thoughtcrime 036: Star Trek Turns 50!

  It is the 50th anniversary of the series premiere of Star Trek the Original Series. I take some time to look back on the top franchise in the science fiction genre and what it has meant to me as a fan and as a writer. The epic space opera franchise holds a special place […]

Thoughtcrime 035: Motley Crews

  An episode celebrating the success of pirates, smugglers, mercenaries, and other criminal crews in winning over millions of fans. Notable motley crews include Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly, Dark Matter, Star Wars: Rebels, and many many more. Springhole Tips for Writing En Semble Casts – http://www.springhole.net/writing/write-better-ensemble-casts.htm

Thoughtcrime 032: Star Trek Beyond

  I go solo to review Star Trek Beyond, because Microsoft Matt fell asleep in the theater. Boo! Also, shout out to Jesse Mercury. Check out his show on Star Trek Beyond at http://jessemercury.com/scifi-48-to-boldly-gay