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Today officially kicked off a new phase in development of The Next Big Thing I’m working on along with Nick Hurwitch.

That’s right, it’s a new book, titled, Set Phasers to Stunning: The Space Hero’s Guide to Space The Space Hero’s Guide to Glory: How to Get Off Your Podunk Planet and Master the Final Frontier. A spiritual successor to So You Created a Wormhole, we’re looking to do with space travel what we did with time travel — explain it, make fun of it, reference a lot of science fiction that we love, and make fun of that, too.

And more than just talk about space travel, we want to talk about Space Heroes. Han Solo. Luke Skywalker. James Kirk. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. Commander Shepard. Like a million others. Not everyone who ventures into space will become a space hero, but we all aspire to it. That means cultivating a certain propensity of knowledge, a certain discipline in training, and a certain tightness of pants. It’s also recommended that you work on your feathered hair style and make sure that you’re prepared to have said hair style withstand the various EVA helmets you’ll undoubtedly need to wear. Looking like a hero more important than acting like a hero and almost as important as smelling like a hero.

Of course, in order to do Set Phasers to Stunning the justice it deserves, we have to do a lot of research. Granted, most of that research will be about just how painful your inevitable death from explosive decompression will actually be. But some of that research is about pants-tightness, and for that, we’re going to the experts: “Star Trek.”

And you see, I’m a big “Trek” fan, but Nick has only a cursory knowledge of the franchise. That cannot be allowed to stand. So from now until the release of Set Phasers to Stunning or until he can’t take anymore, whichever comes first, Nick and I are going to watch an episode of “Star Trek” every day. Every “Star Trek.” And we’re going to blog about it, probably until we get bored sometime next month.

In the meantime, you can get our two-sided view of every episode on our Tumblr, Star Trek Into Nerdiness. The first installment went up today. Expect gif-ridden analysis. http://startrekintonerdiness.tumblr.com/

We’ll also have more to report on Set Phasers to Stunning in the coming weeks and months. I mean to catalog as much of the writing process as possible here. We’ll see how long I can stick with that idea.

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