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Diyanet is a Turkish word for office or authority for Islamic, religious affairs. Here are a few of the major reference works related to the production and influence of the franchise. Diyanet İşleri Türk İslam Birliği. Star Trek may be the most documented entertainment franchise in history. Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı. Despite this, however, the company maintains that it has ambitious plans for the line, including (in May 2005) the confirmation that an Enterprise Relaunch series of novels is in the planning stages.. Although book line editors stressed that the decision to reduce the number of books was made a year earlier and was not related to popularity/ratings problems within the franchise, the announcement was seen by some as another indication that the Star Trek franchise is on the wane.
However, soon after Enterprise was cancelled, the company announced that it was halving the number of Star Trek novels it would be publishing, down to only one mass-market paperback per month, plus several trade paperbacks and hardcovers throughout the year. Pocket Books, current publishers of officially licensed fiction based upon all the series (as well as numerous original Star Trek series of its own), plans to continue publishing original novels for the foreseeable future. . and Bethesda Softworks.
 An interview has also been secured between one of the top Star Trek Gaming Fansites, Star Trek Gamers . Further information was published in the February Issue of Game Informer magazine, and an official announcement was made by Bethesda shortly aftwards. Mad Doc software is no stranger to Star Trek gaming, having developed the acclaimed Star Trek: Armada II title. In January 2006, Information was leaked regarding plans for two new Star Trek games, Star Trek - Legacy (for the Xbox 360 and PC) and Star Trek - Tactical Assault (for PSP and DS), both being published by Bethesda Softworks and developed by Mad Doc Software and Quicksilver Software respectively, both these games are rumoured to be released in September 2006.
More detailed information regarding the game can be found in Stography, a wiki dedicated to the game. Currently, the game is tentatively titled Star Trek Online and is expected to be set roughly 20 years after the events of Nemesis. This will be the first game of this type to be based on Star Trek. In 2004, Perpetual Entertainment announced plans for an MMORPG based in the Star Trek universe.
Its continued operation after the release of Star Trek Online is unknown. While it is known that hundreds of Star Trek sims exist online providing non-graphical gaming experiences, this forum serves as the text based game for the official Paramount operated Star Trek website . In late 2002, an organization offering an online chat based role-playing game was established called the Star Trek Simulation Forum (STSF). In March 2005, an agreement was reached and all lawsuits were dropped, but the other terms have been deemed confidential .
Activision cancelled the contract and sought compensation for losses. None of the games produced sold well, with the exception of the Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force games. Many games were released under this agreement, but in 2003, Activision filed a lawsuit against Viacom stating that they were not holding up to their end of the bargain because the Star Trek franchise was not as valuable as it once was. In 1998, Viacom entered into an agreement with Activision to produce Star Trek video games.
Counted among the commercially unsuccessful Star Trek games are Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Star Trek: New Worlds, Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: Klingon Honor Guard, and Star Trek Deep Space 9: The Fallen. Among the most positively reviewed of contemporary game titles are the Interplay's Star Trek: Starfleet Command and Star Trek: Klingon Academy, and Activision's Star Trek: Bridge Commander, Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, and the Star Trek: Armada series. Much like the movie series, Star Trek videogames have been of a hit-and-miss nature. Graphical adventures for the PC followed with limited success, but the first must-have title was created when the game publisher Interplay acquired the licence in 1992 and created Star Trek: 25th Anniversary to the delight of fans and critical acclaim.
The first commercial text-based Star Trek game was Star Trek: The Promethean Prophecy, which was released in 1986. Among the first plot-driven Trek games for home computers were text-based adventures. More advanced graphics were introduced with Sega's coin-operated arcade game, Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator, which arrived in 1982 after the successful release of Wrath Of Khan, and featured vector-based graphics and a viewscreen view of battles with Klingon ships. Play was not in real time; each turn consisted of entering travel co-ordinates or a direction in which to fire phasers or torpedoes.
In most of these versions, game play consisted of a grid-like map and keyboard controls, with the mission being to destroy a set number of Klingon vessels within a set period of time or number of moves. The first graphically driven Star Trek game was simply called Star Trek and created for, initially, the Commodore PET in the late 1970s and later appeared on other systems such as the TRS-80 and Apple II. As early as 1974, a text-based game simply called Star Trek was experimented with on one of the first large-scale computer networks. Star Trek videogames have a long history on the personal computer.
On December 1, 2005, it was reported via Patrick Stewart that discussions have been held regarding a possible new film featuring the TNG crew, although the actor indicated that his stage commitments would prevent him from participating in such a production until sometime in 2007. Stewart also alluded to this during a live interview on ITV's This Morning whilst discussing his new show Eleventh Hour. The announcement of Paramount's new DVD Premiere division, devoted to direct-to-DVD original productions and franchise spin-offs, has led to speculation as to whether a future Star Trek film might be produced in this format.. . In a follow-up interview for the September 2005 issue of Star Trek Magazine, Berman stated that planning for the film is still "in its infant stages." In late February 2005, Berman told Variety that screenwriter Erik Jendresen, producer Jordan Kerner, and former Paramount Television president Kerry McCluggage were attached to the project.
In a May 2005 interview for the UK Star Trek Magazine, Rick Berman stated that he does not expect Trek XI, if it is actually produced, to be released for several years. Some sources such as the user-edited Internet Movie Database have given the film the working title Star Trek: The Beginning, and have suggested a 2007 release, however Paramount has yet to announce any official title, or if it will actually produce an 11th Star Trek film. Most details about a possible eleventh film are either unknown or undecided. . In April 2005, he claimed that up until 2003–2004, Paramount had actually intended for the cast of Enterprise to become the focus for the next Star Trek film.
It has been reported that the decision to cancel Enterprise after its fourth season may have been made by Paramount as early as the 2002–2003 season, while lead actor Scott Bakula has gone on record as stating that management changes at Paramount in 2003–2004 left the Star Trek franchise without strong support at the studio. One campaign, Trek United, attempted to raise funds to finance a fifth season, raising pledges and cash donations of more than $3.1 million (U.S.) Its proposal, which would have seen a fifth season jointly produced by Paramount along with Canadian and British production houses, was rejected by the studio. Berman, however, stated that Paramount is not interested in shopping the show around to other networks. A campaign by Enterprise fans was mounted to have the show aired on the Sci-Fi Channel, which was rumored to be interested in the show at one point, although TV Guide reported otherwise.
There is some consensus among Star Trek fans that the fourth and final season of Enterprise was better than the previous three seasons, and that continuation of the program under the new "mini-arc" writing style introduced in season four would have stood a chance of the series acquiring better ratings during a fifth season.   Stewart subsequently stated his concern that he may be too old to play the role of Picard by the time another film is made.. In December of 2005, Patrick Stewart, who had earlier maintained that he was not interested in portraying Picard again, revealed that serious meetings have been held with parties interested in a fifth TNG film, which could be made in 2008 or 2009. Later that year, Sirtis and Frakes reprised their TNG roles for the Enterprise finale.
However, Spiner portrayed Arik Soong, an ancestor of the creator of his character Data, in Enterprise's fourth season. Additionally, it has been reported that Brent Spiner is no longer interested in reprising the character of Data because, though every actor ages, the character, as an android, should not. After the failure of the tenth film in the franchise to meet expectations, the cast members indicated that they did not expect any future TNG films to be produced. Sulu later appeared in the video games Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (unrelated to the proposal laid out by William Shatner) and Star Trek: Shattered Universe, the latter of which is set in the Mirror, Mirror alternate universe.
Sulu and the Excelsior originally appeared in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, as well as in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager ("Flashback"), but this did not lead to a new series. George Takei and fans have made frequent attempts to convince the studio to create a series based on Captain Sulu's voyages on the Excelsior, but, despite support from fans, it has enjoyed little success. He plans to pitch his idea to Paramount Pictures in 2006. Kirk.
 Recently, Shatner has made public on various talk shows his proposal for a Starfleet Academy series featuring a young James T. There is some desire among fans to bring back the character of Captain Kirk, as played by William Shatner, to give him a more dignified end than that shown in Star Trek: Generations. Cast members and fans have suggested that even if there are no further Star Trek series or movies, the franchise may continue in television movies, mini-series, specials, and other forms of media. G4 has been airing TNG since January 8; reportedly, Spike will continue to broadcast TNG as well.
In December 2005, Comcast's G4 network announced it had obtained the syndication rights for both TNG and TOS. TOS, TNG, and Voyager air daily in Canada on Space: The Imagination Station, which has also purchased Enterprise for daily rebroadcasts starting in the fall of 2005. Spike TV will also begin airing reruns of Voyager in the fall of 2006, as part of its original deal for all three series. Reruns of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine are aired regularly on Spike TV in the United States.
 In an ironic twist to the fan-based efforts to bring back Trek in the 1960s and 1970s, there were groups of fans who felt that the concept had run its course and who had actively pursued the end of Star Trek. Moore, and the former Enterprise executive producer Manny Coto have been suggested as possible replacements, and Straczynski has expressed an interest in taking the helm of Star Trek. Michael Straczynski, former Star Trek writer Ronald D. Babylon 5 creator J.
Many Trek fans had wanted former executive producers Berman and Brannon Braga to be replaced. However, due to the cancellation of Enterprise and the poor box-office performance of the 2002 film Nemesis, executive producer Rick Berman has stated that Paramount intends to rest the franchise (film and television) for at least three years. Enterprise, which scored the lowest ratings of any Trek series to date, was widely reported in the media to be on the verge of cancellation after each of its first three seasons and a "death watch" of sorts was maintained throughout its fourth and final year. The rumored near-cancellation of Star Trek: Voyager in the mid-1990s led to more such predictions.
As early as 1993–1994, when Star Trek: Deep Space Nine failed to generate the high ratings of its predecessor, magazines such as Entertainment Weekly predicted the end of the franchise. Predictions of the demise of Star Trek are nothing new. Some assert that the many incarnations are formulaic, repetitive, mediocre, and sometimes discontinuous, while others ascribe this decline to static leadership at Paramount. Reduced viewership and box office receipts for recent productions and the short tenure of Star Trek: Enterprise connote decreased popularity.
Conversely, many fans contend that the Star Trek franchise, particularly after Roddenberry's death in 1991, has reached a nadir. Phrases like "Beam me up, Scotty" have entered vernacular, and devices have arguably been inspired by fictional counterparts. An entire subculture grew up around the show and, anecdotally, there are indications that Star Trek has influenced many peoples' lives. Star Trek conventions have become popular, though now often meshed with conventions of other genres, and fans have coined the term "Trekkies" (or "Trekkers") to describe themselves.
The show’s cultural impact goes far beyond its longevity and profitability. Star Trek and its spinoffs have proved highly popular in television repeats, shown endlessly on TV stations in the US and worldwide. It became the number one syndicated TV show, lasting seven seasons, and spawned two sequels, a prequel, four movies, a vast marketing business, and a considerable fan base. TNG was syndicated through local TV stations rather than a nationwide network.
In 1986, Roddenberry created a second TV show, Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), which was set more than seventy years after events in the earlier series and related movies. The movie did sufficiently well at the box office and spawned several more movies during the eighties. Encouraged by the burgeoning fan base for the show throughout the seventies, Roddenberry sought to start a second television series; this abortive attempt morphed into Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. In 1976, following another letter-writing campaign, NASA named its first space shuttle, Enterprise, after the fictional starship.
NBC put the show in a timeslot when it was watched by few, and it was cancelled after its third season. After a letter-writing campaign by fans, NBC reversed its decision and renewed the series for a third season. During its initial run from 1966 to 1969, TOS did not garner substantial TV ratings and was almost cancelled after its second season. It was the first aimed at adults that told of morality tales with complex narratives.
While there were other successful science fiction TV shows at the time, TOS broke new ground. Harking of human diversity and contemporaneous political circumstances, Roddenberry included a multiethnic crew. The central trio of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy was modelled on classical mythological storytelling. The opening line "to boldly go where no man has gone before" was taken almost verbatim from a US White House booklet on space produced after the Sputnik flight in 1957.
Though set on a fictional starship, Roddenberry wanted to tell more sophisticated stories using futuristic situations as analogies for current problems on Earth and rectifying them through humanism and optimism. Gene Roddenberry sold TOS to NBC as a classic adventure drama. Arguably, only Star Wars has had as great an impact as a science fiction and pop culture phenomenon. The original series (TOS), which aired in the late sixties, has since yielded four successor series, ten feature films, a plethora of merchandise, and a multibillion dollar industry collectively known as the Star Trek franchise (owned by Paramount).
Star Trek is one of the most culturally influential television shows – and perhaps the most influential science fiction TV series – in history. See Star Trek, fan made productions for more detailed information about these productions. While none of these projects are licensed by Paramount, some have attracted participation from official cast and crew. At one time, Paramount was against these productions, but has since reportedly loosened its stance on allowing them.
One of the more prominent fan series of late is Star Trek: New Voyages, a "continuation" of the original Star Trek. For example, in recent years, so-called Star Trek "fan films" have been created for distribution over the Internet. The Star Trek series has also inspired many non-official fan-made productions. For example, the Voyager novels Mosaic and Pathways are known to have given essential background information for characters in the Voyager live-action series.
(Similarly, writers for TV and film are under no obligation to pay heed to any of the derivative works, which has occasionally caused conflict.) Nonetheless, these works often expand the backstories of characters, species, planets, etc, already seen in the official live-action productions. The creators of these works are generally free to tell their own stories set in the Star Trek universe, and are free to either keep an existing continuity, or use their own. This expanded universe consists of the aforementioned animated series, books, comics, video games, etc. Outside of the television series and motion pictures produced by Paramount pictures, the Star Trek franchise has been officially expanded and elaborated on by various authors and artists in the so-called "Star Trek Expanded Universe," despite the fact that Paramount does not consider these derivative works canon.
Although the Star Trek animated series, books, comic books, video games, and other materials based on Star Trek (i.e., those licensed by Paramount Pictures) are generally considered "non-canon," there are several works which deserve mentioning, including a number of fan-made (or "fanon") productions set within the Star Trek universe. The Star Trek canon comprises the five live TV series and ten motion pictures.
Despite fetching the lowest revenue at the box office in Star Trek history, its 2003 DVD release sold well. Many critics accused it of attempting to imitate the plot (and success) of Star Trek II. Another exception is X (Star Trek: Nemesis), which was one of the most critically derided Star Trek films. This is not wholly applicable, however; III followed on from the success of II, which continued into IV.
This rule of thumb is most easily applicable to the first few films: Star Trek II and IV are usually at or near the top of the fan-favorites, while I and V are usually at the bottom (though I has since received quite a bit of positive re-evaluation in the wake of an acclaimed "Director's Edition" revision released on DVD). A common and fondly-held superstition among fans is that the even-numbered Star Trek films are superior to the odd-numbered Star Trek films. The first six continued the adventures of the TOS cast; the later four featured the TNG cast. Ten Star Trek films have been produced by Paramount Pictures.
Although the show gained a much more positive reaction from fans during the fourth season and had become popular, Paramount cancelled the show in early 2005. During the third season Berman and Braga turned much of their leadership role to writer Manny Coto, but retained final control for themselves. Ratings for Enterprise were never particularly strong; and, as it had done during the initial airing of The Original Series, fan support during Enterprise's second and third seasons helped keep the series on the air. Star Trek: Enterprise was promoted as being more accessible for newcomers to the Star Trek franchise, as well as for taking place during the formative years of the Federation.
This series depicts the exploration of space by the crew of the Earthship Enterprise, a new, NX-class starship, which is able to go farther and faster than any humans had previously gone. The pilot episode, "Broken Bow," takes place ten years before the founding of the Federation, about halfway between the "historic" events shown in the movie Star Trek: First Contact and the original Star Trek series. Star Trek: Enterprise (named simply Enterprise during its first two seasons and the first few episodes of its third, and abbreviated as ST:ENT or ENT) is a prequel to the other Star Trek series. It was during this show's run that criticism of producer Rick Berman began to mount, coinciding with the growth in popularity of online discussion forums that amplified the message of a vocal group of fans who felt Berman was no longer welcome as the franchise leader.
Although Voyager's ratings were initially solid, they fell dramatically as the show progressed. Essentially, the USS Voyager and crew were "lost in space": the series follows the adventures of the starship Voyager and her crew, joined by Maquis resistance fighters, who have all become stranded in the Delta Quadrant, seventy thousand light years from Earth by an entity known as the "Caretaker." Unless they can find a shortcut, it will take them seventy-five years to return to Federation space. Star Trek: Voyager (also known as ST:VOY, ST:VGR, VOY or Voyager) was produced for seven seasons, and is the only Star Trek series to have had a female, Captain Kathryn Janeway, as the commanding officer. Deep Space Nine sheds some of the utopian themes that embodied the previous versions of Star Trek, and focuses more on war, religion and political compromise.
This immediately makes the station an important strategic asset, as well as a vital center of commerce with the largely unexplored area of space. In the first episode, the crew discovers the presence of a nearby, uniquely stable wormhole, which provides nearly immediate travel to and from the distant Gamma Quadrant. It chronicles the events surrounding the space station Deep Space Nine. It introduced Avery Brooks as Commander (and, later in the series, Captain) Benjamin Sisko, the first African-American in the commanding role of a Star Trek series.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or DS9) ran for seven seasons and was the first Star Trek series to be established without any direct input from Gene Roddenberry. Many fans, both casual and "hard-core," often treat The Next Generation as a kind of 'golden age' of Star Trek, primarily because of its broad acceptance, its viewer base, and the active influence of Roddenberry (who was alive during the first part of its run). Star Trek: The Next Generation had the highest ratings of all the Star Trek series and was the #1 syndicated show during the last few years of its original run. Even during that time, the show was produced solely for syndication.
The show gained a considerable following during its initial run. It premiered on September 28, 1987, with the two-hour pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint," and ran for seven seasons, ending with the final two-part episode, "All Good Things..." on May 29, 1994. Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known, colloquially, as The Next Generation, NextGen, ST:TNG, or TNG) is set nearly a century later and features a new starship (also named Enterprise) and a new crew, venturing where "no one has gone before.". The first script of this aborted series formed the basis of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, while two others were eventually adapted as episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
However, the risks of launching a fourth network and the popularity of the then-recently released film Star Wars led Paramount to make a Star Trek film instead of a weekly television series. Sets were constructed and several minutes of test footage were filmed. This series would have put most of the original crew back aboard the Enterprise for a second five-year mission, except for Spock, because Leonard Nimoy did not agree to return; a younger full-blooded Vulcan named Xon was planned as a replacement, although it was still hoped that Nimoy would make guest appearances. Star Trek: Phase II was set to air in 1978 as the flagship series of a proposed Paramount television network, and 12 episode scripts were written before production was due to begin.
So while the series itself is not strictly canon, it has been used as "canon fodder." TAS also came back to television in the mid 1980s on the children's cable network Nickelodeon. Star Trek: Enterprise also incorporated several TAS concepts into canon. Even so, elements of the animated series have worked their way into official canon, such as Kirk’s middle name, Tiberius, first revealed in TAS and made official in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The episode "Yesteryear" is considered by some sources such as the Star Trek Encyclopedia to be a partial exception concerning the events depicted in Spock’s youth (although it still officially remains non-canon along with the rest of TAS).
However, the series is not considered to be canon, which has caused controversy among some fans. A few episodes are especially notable due to contributions from well known science-fiction authors. While the freedom of animation afforded large alien landscapes and exotic life forms, budget constraints were a major concern and animation quality was poor. It featured most of the original cast performing the voices for their characters.
It was produced by Filmation and ran for two seasons, with a total of 22 half-hour episodes. The series was aired under the name Star Trek, but it has become widely known as Star Trek: The Animated Series (or abbreviated as ST:TAS or TAS). All subsequent films and television series, except the animated series of the 1970s, have secondary titles included as part of their official names. It has in recent years become known as Star Trek: The Original Series, abbreviated as ST:TOS or TOS, or as "Classic Trek," retronyms to distinguish it from its sequels and the franchise.
The series subsequently became phenomenally popular in syndication, ultimately spawning the film and television sequels that followed. The last original episode, "The Turnabout Intruder," aired on June 3, 1969. "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was the third episode aired, while "The Cage" was reworked into a two-part episode, "The Menagerie.". Only the character of Spock remained, at Roddenberry's insistence.
However, an unprecedented second pilot was commissioned, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," which featured an almost entirely new cast led by Shatner. Originally, Roddenberry had created a pilot entitled "The Cage," with a very different cast, led by veteran actor Jeffrey Hunter, which was rejected by NBC, the network that ordered the pilot through Desilu. The first episode aired, "The Man Trap," was actually the fifth produced. Created by Gene Roddenberry, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley, and co-starring James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett, and (later) Walter Koenig, it told the tale of the crew of the starship Enterprise of the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet and their adventures "to boldly go where no man has gone before.".
Star Trek debuted on NBC on September 8, 1966, having aired in Canada some days earlier. There have been five live-action Star Trek series and an animated series, altogether comprising (as of May 2005) a total of 726 individual aired episodes (not including the original unaired pilot) and thirty seasons’ worth of television. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry, it had been in the planning stages for at least six years prior to this. Star Trek originated as a television series in 1966, although according to The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E.
. Star Trek (or sometimes merely "Trek") is one of the most popular names in the history of science fiction entertainment, and one of the most popular franchises in television history. It depicts an optimistic, almost utopian future in which humanity has largely overcome such traditional frailities and vices as sickness, racism, poverty, environmental destructiveness, intolerance, religion and warfare on Earth, and has united with other intelligent species in the galaxy; the central characters explore the galaxy, discovering new worlds and encountering new civilizations, while helping to promote peace and understanding. Star Trek collectively refers to a science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series, 726 episodes and ten motion pictures in addition to hundreds of novels, video games, fan stories and other works of fiction all set within the same fictional universe created by Gene Roddenberry in the mid-1960s.
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Future Perfect: How Star Trek Conquered Planet Earth by Jeff Greenwald (Viking Press, 1998). Justman (Pocket Books, 1996). Solow and Robert H. Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herbert F.
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The World of Star Trek by David Gerrold (Ballantine Books, 1973; revised edition, Bluejay Books, 1984). The Trouble with Tribbles by David Gerrold (Ballantine, 1973). Whitfield (Ballantine Books, 1968). The Making of Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry and Stephen E.