Happy birthday to Larry Nemecek, born January 18, 1959.
Larry Nemecek is an American Star Trek author, actor, editor, archivist, consultant, interviewer and producer, first widely known thanks to his classic best-seller “Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion” from Pocket Books. He has portrayed Dr. McCoy in the Star Trek Continues web series episodes “Pilgrim of Eternity” and “Lolani” and remains as the series’ Creative Consultant.
Nemecek launched the pioneering Portal 47 monthly deep-dive features for Star Trek fans, and filmed a documentary, “The Con of Wrath”.
Under the Trekland banner, he hosts the online Trek interview series series “Switching to Visual”, and has produced five annual editions in the digitally remastered “On Speaker” archival series, themed from his original interviews with producers and crew during the years of the modern Trek TV era.
Nemecek’s other franchise work is the non-fiction “Star Trek: Stellar Cartography” guidebook and map set from 47North (Amazon). He also wrote the chapter openers and other research for Star Trek: Star Charts – a 2003 Pocket Books reunion of sorts with onetime colleague Geoffrey Mandel after they had earlier joined on the 1980 “Star Trek Maps” (Bantam), and self-published material just prior. Along with two updates of the TNG “Companion” in 1995 and in 2003, his text commentary also appeared in the CD version.
Since 1986, Nemecek has conducted over 500 archival interviews of Star Trek writers, designers, crew and actors, most of them multiple or annual updates over the years and unpublished. Remastered segments are now being digitally produced under his own brand as Trekland: On Speaker. He has appeared as a documentary guest on titles such as Trek Nation, The Green Girl, The Captains of The Final Frontier and numerous installments of the TNG and Enterprise Blu-ray collection documentaries.
In December 1994, after moving to Los Angeles from his native Oklahoma, Nemecek and his wife Janet pitched and sold a story, “Reflections,” for the yet-to-air series Star Trek: Voyager. It went unused for six years before being updated and written as “Prophecy,” an episode for Star Trek: Voyager in its final season in 2001.
Nemecek co-wrote The Making of Star Trek: First Contact, published by Titan Books in the UK from material he, Ian Spelling and Lou Anders wrote for Titan’s magazine specials on the film. He authored the original 1998 museum artifact placards and the 2002 timeline update in the museum area of Star Trek: The Experience, and was a consultant there as well as on such projects as the Star Trek: Federation Science European tour and the Star Trek World Tour guidebooks and image references. He has been a guest at dozens of Star Trek and sci-fi/comic conventions.
From 1998 until 2005, after publication of the TNG Companion, Nemecek served as managing editor of Star Trek Communicator, overseeing the planning, writers, content and look of the licensed magazine of the Official Star Trek Fan Club, sold on newsstands. He has been a regular columnist in Star Trek Magazine since 1997, and contributed dozens of articles to Star Trek Fact Files, for which he worked all six years as Los Angeles photo editor and consultant. The topics researched and obscure references and sources tracked fueled the work of the UK-based Fact Files, later seen in the US as Star Trek: The Magazine.
For many years, Nemecek was a contributor and producer on the official Star Trek website. In 1996, he was its first-ever chat guest, its managing editor one day a week, and from 1996-99 wrote much of its early database as a consultant.
In 2005, Nemecek appeared with other cameo guests and crew in “These Are the Voyages…”, the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.
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