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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Contest discontinued by Simon and Shuster July 10, 2007

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After 10 magnificent years of the most interesting contest in Star Trek lore, publisher Simon and Shuster is pulling the plug on the Strange New Worlds contest.

Volume 10 available now, is the last one.

This is the contest that allowed anyone to submit their short Star Trek fiction and have a shot at publication. By ending this publication Simon and Shuster is cutting the heart out of amateur writers that want to break into the game.

There is nothing else like this contest currently available. The discontinuation of this series is a disaster and morbid day for all Star Trek fans.

Ten years ago Pocket Books offered Star Trek fans a unique opportunity. Long before the Internet, Star Trek fans had written their own stories, which they then shared among friends and family. Now, the fans were offered a chance to become a part of the Star Trek mythos. A contest sponsored by Pocket Books would publish and pay for the best stories submitted by non-professional writers. And over the course of a decade, hundreds of pounds of submissions poured in. Many of the writers who submitted to Strange New Worlds went on to become professional writers.

As of 2007, we will be discontinuing the publication of Strange New Worlds.

Pocket Books is proud to have sponsored the only contest of this kind ever offered to the readers of their books. And over the years with the co-operation of Paramount Pictures, and now CBS Consumer Products, Pocket Books has published ten volumes of short stories “by the fans for the fans.” We would like to thank everyone who ever submitted a story to Strange New Worlds, and everyone who worked behind-the-scenes to make it all happen.

Why is this successful contest being terminated? We don’t know. All we know is that the Star Trek franchise is once again FRAKKING over its fans.

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1. GrantTLC - July 11, 2007

“All we know is that the Star Trek franchise is once again FRAKKING over its fans”.

Relax a little, willya? How are the fans being ‘Frakked over’ by a for-profit company’s decision to discontinue a line of product?

The reality is that Star Trek isn’t the multi-billon dollar franchise it once was, and interesting and valuable side-projects that could thrive in huge revenue streams aren’t quite as attractive when those same revenues grow thin. I’d count your blessings it lasted a whole decade.

Move on with a little grace, friend. All Good Things, as they say…

2. showmescifi - July 11, 2007

Now that you mention it..I do drink far too much coffee.

And thnx for reminding me to count my blessings. Strange New Worlds was an awesome 10 year ride and as you correctly point out, all good things must come to an end.


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