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(Suicide Girls (possibly NSFW)   Wil inducts Gene Roddenberry into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Set your phasers to "Awwwww"   ( divider line
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2007-06-20 10:08:14 PM  
There is a Science Fiction Hall of Fame? And Gene wasn't in it already? Fascinating.
wil [TotalFark]
2007-06-20 10:14:57 PM  
Tealeaf: There is a Science Fiction Hall of Fame? And Gene wasn't in it already? Fascinating.

For many years, it was only open to authors, but they opened it up to people whose primary contributions were in television and movies. I'm not sure if this was the equivalent of the first ballot since they opened up the requirements or not, but I know it's very close to the first.
2007-06-20 10:29:41 PM  
It would be more exciting if he abducted him into the hall of fame. They could have an away mission, complete with redshirts being cut down in the prime of their lives.

Well, if Gene weren't already at the big starbase in the sky.
2007-06-20 10:35:37 PM  
FTA - I have no idea why my inner critic speaks with Dennis Miller's voice as performed by Dana Carvey, but it always seems appropriate.

Wil's getting better at the writing thing. There's not much stuff out there that makes me smile.
2007-06-20 11:12:49 PM  
In Rod we trust.
2007-06-20 11:15:56 PM  
I've always admired Rod. He could easily sit back and cash checks from Paramount while drinking Courvoisier from the hollowed-out skulls of the vanquished, but instead he has worked tirelessly to honor and preserve Gene's legacy.

D'Israeli... nicely played. Join my band?
2007-06-21 12:59:05 AM  
Wil: I hate you for making me choke back man-tears. Now I'm going to have to scratch, spit, and kick puppies for hours to rebuld my machismo reserves.

/seriously though, kudos on a fitting tribute for a great man.
FNG [TotalFark] [BareFark]
2007-06-21 01:32:56 AM  
Well done.
2007-06-21 02:32:05 AM  
Wonderful speech and a very touching gesture, wil. Well done...

/... you cheap dimestore hood. ;)
2007-06-21 02:41:04 AM  
Great speech and a great gesture. You make it harder and harder to hate Wesley when I see TNG reruns...
2007-06-21 02:49:47 AM  
Jesus, Wil. Why didn't you just hire someone all the way out here in Ohio to come to my house and kick me in the nuts. Then, at least, I'd have known tears were going to well up in my eyes.

/They're allergies, dammit. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
2007-06-21 03:09:05 AM  
when i first watched star wars, i was hoping spock would end up dead at the end of darth vadar's light stick.
2007-06-21 03:17:04 AM  
wil I really wish I knew this was happening. I live about 15 minutes from the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle.

2007-06-21 03:44:01 AM  
Wil that was awesome writing. You made me tear up a bit you bastard. I can't think of anything you have written recently that I haven't liked. Keep it up.
2007-06-21 04:21:55 AM  
The more I learn about Gene Rodenberry The Man, the more pissed off I get at how much he had to fight against to do something as silly and simple as have space aliens act in ridiculous ways that were always perfectly human.

//Humanism. It tastes good, and it's good for you.
2007-06-21 04:26:21 AM  
What, he got into the hall of fame and he didn't even start his own religion? They'll let anyone in there I guess. Oh wait, trekkies...


Nice speech though, those are tough, did you really wear the sweater?!?
2007-06-21 05:10:30 AM  
Just some perspective here: I'm not exactly a Trekkie. I love and adore TOS, TAS, and TNG. I dropped out about halfway through DS9 (shortly after Voyager premiered) and I quit Enterprise after the pilot. When it comes to the movies, I totally understand why some fans refer to the first as "The Motionless Picture," but I thought it was decent enough. 2-4 were about as good as it gets. 5 wasn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be, but it definitely wasn't up to par with the previous three. 6 was a serviceable return to form, and I was sad to see the formal "Original Crew" go. With the TNG flicks, Generations was also underrated, and First Contact remains not just one of my favorite Star Trek movies, but one of my favorite sci-fi flicks ever. The less said about Insurrection and Nemesis, the better. I am one of those people that doesn't see the need for the TOS remake movie, but I'm willing to give it a chance.

The point of that long-ass explanation was that I don't really have a die-hard attachment to Trek. Wars was always my Star saga of choice, but I had a lot of fun with Trek. So many of my fellow geeks nearly died of cardiac arrest when they discovered that there was no new Trek series or movie to premiere the fall after the end of Enterprise, and that for the first time since before the original movie premiered, there was no new Trek in the pipeline. I said, "Good. Time to give it a rest for a while."

That said, that speech got me. What a great tribute to a great mind. Wil, good work, sir. I tip my Klingon forehead prosthetic to you.
2007-06-21 09:26:50 AM  
T'Pol for President
2007-06-21 10:25:19 AM  
FTFA: "I was too young and immature to fully absorb the magnitude of the gesture, but I remember that Gene shook my hand, pulled me into him for a big hug, and told me that, in many ways, Wesley Crusher was as close as he had come to writing himself into Star Trek as a character, so it seemed only fitting."

Wait, wait, wait. You're telling me Wesley was Roddenberrys "Mary Sue"? That's... I don't know what that is. I guess "fascinating" would be closest to the mark.
2007-06-21 10:25:37 AM  
That was so awesome. I hope that there is a video of it somewhere. With all of the techies, trekkies and geeks there I am sure that there will be one. I got a little misty eyed when I read the story of how Wil got Gene's ensign bars on the set of TNG (from Wil's blog) and now I am misty eyed again reading about Wil passing the bars on to Rod. Pretty farkin' cool if you ask me. Way to go, Wil!
2007-06-21 10:35:40 AM  
Jizz Master Zero
I'm not exactly a Trekkie. I love and adore TOS, TAS, and TNG.

I'm pretty sure saying you "love and adore" Star Trek: The Animated Series is mutually exclusive to saying you're not a Trekkie.

/ Or are you one of those assclowns who considers himself a "Trekker", not a Trekkie?
2007-06-21 11:18:16 AM  
Everytime I read one of these threads, Star Trekkin' always pops into my head.

/across the universe
//On the Starship Enterprise under Captain Kirk
2007-06-21 11:18:22 AM  
/ Or are you one of those assclowns who considers himself a "Trekker", not a Trekkie?

2007-06-21 12:03:29 PM  

Nice work!

"and embrace the crazy notion that race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are differences to be celebrated and learned from, not feared and destroyed."

And damn well said!
2007-06-21 01:25:22 PM  
Wil's blog is really good.
2007-06-21 02:09:59 PM  
Great, now I want to go out and buy that complete TNG set.

Now, if only there were a DS9 complete series set....*drool!*
2007-06-21 04:56:34 PM  
Well done, Wil.

/said it like I know him
//which I don't, but who cares?
2007-06-21 05:11:30 PM  
wil, I've said it before, but you're the man.

I also do appreciate the incredibly apropos Orson Scott Card reference. I have a feeling he and Gene would have got along quite well (and had some amazing arguments).

Also, damn you for making me nearly cry.

/Damn you in a good way, that is.
2007-06-21 08:57:57 PM  
Damn Wil, you made me snuffle. That was touching, funny, and a amazing tribute to Gene, and the passing of the ensign bars was truly inspired.

"and embrace the crazy notion that race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are differences to be celebrated and learned from, not feared and destroyed."

Words for the Ages, we've gotta dream!
2007-06-21 11:00:25 PM  
I scrolled through the comments here before I clicked on the article and I scoffed at you girly men.

/dust or sand or something in me eye
//swallowed a tribble
2007-06-22 12:28:34 PM  
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