Mark Altman wants to turn Star Trek into the next Marvel movie universe. Good luck with that.


enterprise crash and burnEveryone in the entertainment industry is so fascinated by Marvel’s ability to churn out a series of excellent and popular interconnected movies that they are all seeking ways to duplicate Marvel’s success with other franchises.  Now Mark Altman has come forward with a pitch to do the same with Paramount’s sci-fi vehicle, Star Trek.

So much optimistic dreaming for such an optimistic series… but it all comes down to a pessimistic, purely profit-driven entity which demonstrably couldn’t care less about franchise quality: Paramount. Expecting them to step up and do the right thing by properly handling this franchise is a lot like expecting GM to start producing nothing but electric vehicles, or McDonalds to replace its menu with bowls of granola. Continue reading

The Kestral Voyages, and their Star Trek roots


cover of The Kestral Voyages: My Life, After BerserkerThe novels of The Kestral Voyages are my most popular stories, hands down; not only my best sellers, but earning more comments, reviews and requests for more stories than any other novels I’ve written to date.

It’s not hard to guess why: When I created the series, it was originally based on the Star Trek universe, a story idea I intended to pitch to Paramount as the next Trek series after Voyager.  Though I made changes to fit it into its own universe, it still has many similarities to the Trek universe that is still so popular with fans.

So, what happened?  Well, it’s like this… Continue reading