Log Entry: Stardate 67041.4, Rear Admiral Carl Stark recording. This quote from Ray Bradbury is very inspiring: “Science fiction is the fiction of ideas. Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
The Seventh Fleet would like to thank the USS Rendezvous for the use of the Shuttle Fairbanks at Booth 2520 of the Salt Lake Comic Con-Fan Experience. For those of you who don’t know, building the shuttle was the brainchild of Stewart Hunsaker who wanted to have it for an episode of the Star Trek Rendezvous fan film. Stewart and the Rendezvous spent a year putting this idea together (spending lots of time, effort and money into the project). If you would like to see the final results of these efforts, you can view the fan film on YouTube by clicking on this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
If you can read the excitement in the Ray Bradbury quote above, the same level of excitement started hitting members of the Seventh Fleet. We loved the fan film, the costumes, the sets that were put together and especially all of the effort that went into this love of Star Trek. We were especially excited about the shuttle. As the opportunity to use the shuttle as part of a charity fundraiser appeared, other clubs in the Seventh Fleet were invited to help finish the shuttle exterior (sanding, painting, adding greebles). With their assistance, the shuttle is now ready to help raise money for HopeKids Utah at FanX in Salt Lake City this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 17–19). Like Ray said, “It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
Log Entry Supplemental: This photo of the shuttle was shown to the head of Salt Lake Comic Con, Dan Farr. Dan responded with the following. “Wow! This is so impressive and fun that you guys accomplished such an amazing work. I look forward to seeing it and you guys next week. Thanks for sending the photo.”