Category: Star Trek

Timothy S. Johnston Builds AMT 1428 Klingon D-7 ‘Alien’ Battle Cruiser

Timothy S. Johnston Builds AMT 1428 Klingon D-7 “Alien” Battle Cruiser

Since I recently reconnected with this former hobby, I have realized that it is a wonderful method to express my creativity while also doing something that significantly lowers stress levels.

Creating AMT 1296 USS Enterprise Part 2 of 4 by TSJ

TSJ Returns to a Hobby After Forty Years:  Model Making

I previously posted on the blog about my experience getting back to a hobby I’d abandoned four decades ago.  It was likely due to a lack of proper supplies, tools, paints and so on.  Growing up, we just didn’t have much money and my models generally looked pretty bad.

Creating AMT 1296 USS Enterprise Part 1 of 4 by TSJ

TSJ Returns to a Hobby After Forty Years:  Model Making

It’s been a stressful last few months, no doubt due to the production and release of my latest thriller, A Blanket of Steel.  Because of this, while I await my signing tour this Spring, I’ve decided to revisit a former hobby from over four decades ago.  And boy, I had no idea how much fun it would be.

New Star Trek Film Coming from Paramount in 2023

New Star Trek Film (Finally) Coming from Paramount in 2023

Yesterday, Paramount Pictures announced a shuffling of their tentpole films on their upcoming slate.  Some of the movies include Top Gun 2, Mission Impossible 7, and Dungeons & Dragons.  Embedded in the announcement was a mention of an “Untitled Star Trek” film, to be released on June 9, 2023 and produced by JJ Abrams.

Horror/Sci-Fi/Suspense Influences on TSJ Before the Age of Ten

Horror/Sci-Fi/Suspense Influences on TSJ Before the Age of Ten

I recently published a blog piece celebrating my fiftieth year on the planet. In the article, I wrote about the books I read as a child under the age of ten. The intention was twofold: to inform people about the books that inspired a young boy to take on the monumental goal of writing science fiction thrillers (a task which took decades to achieve), and to implore parents to always buy books for their children.

TSJ at Forty-Eight

 

Forty-Eight

I wrote about turning forty-seven here. My thoughts remain the same. I was born at the best possible time. I loved the decades I’ve experienced — the films, the music, the television, pop culture, and the explosion of technology. I’ve witnessed the birth of the personal computer, the internet, the ease of information acquisition and now this time of instant gratification. It’s a period that we could only have imagined just a short time ago.

TSJ’s List of the Best Science Fiction Movies of the 1970’s

The Best Science Fiction Movies of the 1970’s

I should clarify that a film’s presence on this blog post is entirely subjective based on my experiences growing up. These were my creative formative years, during which I was discovering genre books, television shows, and movies. I was born in 1970, so really the 80’s were my true introduction to Science Fiction Horror, Thriller and Adventure — books by Asimov and Crichton and films by Cameron, Spielberg, Carpenter, and Verhoeven — but the 1970’s played a huge role in my love for the genre. Detroit Channel 7 broadcast most of the films I saw. Many had poor effects, but the stories were so powerful and the actors so committed that the movies rose above the rest of the stories that were available at the time. The themes were relevant, the plots compelling and interesting, all the base human emotions like revenge and lust and greed and hate were on full display, they spoke of issues that people dealt with every day, and they featured powerful scores and incredible directing. They were gripping.

SF Author Timothy S. Johnston Reviews STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS — A Review by Timothy S. Johnston

(Previously Published at TrekWeb on 18 May 2013)

Format: Digital 2D
Studio: Paramount
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof

Rating of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: 9/10
Rating of STAR TREK (2009): 9.5/10