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Larry Nemecek in 2016
Larry Wayne Nemecek
January 18, 1959
Norman, Oklahoma, United States
|Occupation||Author, actor, editor, archivist, consultant, interviewer, producer|
Larry Nemecek (born January 18, 1959) 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 served as the series' Creative Consultant.
Nemecek has launched the pioneering Portal 47 monthly deep-dive features and Trekland Treks custom film-site day tours and other experiences for Star Trek fans, and weekly hosts the new The Trek Files on the Roddenberry Podcast Network, launched in January 2018 as a 15-minute look with a guest at papers, letters, memos and other documents from Gene Roddenberry's own archives. A documentary, "The Con of Wrath," is in the works about the infamous true-life Ultimate Fantasy arena show and convention in 1982 Houston — known as perhaps Star Trek's "most glorious failure."
Under the Trekland banner, he also hosts the online Trek interview series "Switching to Visual", and now produces the "Trekland Tuesdays LIVE" weekly short commentary on his Star Trek Facebook page. So far, he has produced five annual editions in the digitally remastered "On Speaker" archival series, themed from his original interviews with producers and crew from 1992 onward, during the years of the 18-year first Trek TV sequels era. He is married to onetime script coordinator Janet Nemecek.
Nemecek's more recent franchise work is the non-fiction "Star Trek: Stellar Cartography" guidebook and map set from 47North (Amazon), updated in 2018 from Epic Ink (Amazon). He also contributed text and 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 prior self-published material. Along with two updates of the TNG "Companion" in 1995 and in 2003, his text commentary also appeared in the CD version of that title.
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interviews of Star Trek writers, designers, crew and actors, most of them multiple or annual updates over the years and unpublished.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 from CBS.
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 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 in the U.S. and eight other countries, and also spoken at science museums here and in Germany on Star Trek stars vs. real stars.
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 with "A Fistful of Data," 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.
He was also the sole Star Trek-affiliated contributor to Star Trek: Best Episode Collection, a Fact Files/DVD partwork project for Japan spanning 135 issues.
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 December 2007, however, on his latter-day stint with the site, he and the entire StarTrek.com production team were laid off by CBS Interactive, the result of restructuring at the company.
Outside the Star Trek realm, Nemecek holds a theatre and communications BA from East Central University in Ada, OK, and an MA in theatre/directing from the University of Kansas. He spent over 10 years in weekly and daily print journalism as a beat reporter, wire editor and finally entertainment editor of The Norman Transcript, sharing with colleagues two first-place Associated Press state news awards in spot news and public service reporting. A Norman native, graduate of Noble High School in adjacent Noble, OK, and a lifelong fan of fellow Oklahoman and humorist-turned-actor Will Rogers, he has been a docent at the Will Rogers State Historic Park in greater Los Angeles since 2002. As a Star Trek fan in his home state since his teens, he worked committee on the non-profit Soonercon charity sci-fi fan convention after graduate school, and founded the Trek-focused non-profit ThunderCon media fan convention in 1991.
Other contributions to Star Trek
In 1990, the shuttle Nenebek, featured in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Final Mission," was named in his honor by Jeri Taylor. She had not yet met him but, like other writing staffers, had his fanzine concordances on her desk. She did not think to tell him the story until 1998.
In 2002, Nemecek was interviewed for the bonus features (Star Trek Moments and Memories) on the original Season 7 DVD for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He spoke again in interviews for the new 20th anniversary DVD set for TNG in 2007, serving as Special Consultant on the overall project, and appeared again in several editions of new documentary pieces for the 2012-16 CBS Blu-ray releases of both TNG and Enterprise, and for the new Kirk-era motion picture sets. He also teamed up with DS9 show runner Ira Steven Behr on a commentary track for the Blu-ray edition of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 2008, and led round-table discussions on each of the four TNG films for their Blu-ray debut release that same year.
In 2005, Nemecek appeared with other cameo guests and crew in "These Are the Voyages...", the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. His costume was a reuse of Avery Brooks' suit from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Far Beyond the Stars". Nemecek recounted his experience filming the episode in his "Endgame" column in Star Trek Magazine issue 124.
As an actor, Nemecek also portrayed Dr. McCoy in the "Operation: Annihilate!" webisode of The Red Shirt Diaries. Roles related to Star Trek also included two episodes of the fan film Star Trek: New Voyages, in 2004 and 2006, and in the "lost" 2005/2011 vignette No-Win Scenario as a Tellarite, Grolst.
Star Trek bibliography
- 1988: TNG-1: A Concordance and Episode Guide - Author
- TNG-1: A Concordance and Episode Guide (updated) - Author
- TNG-2: A Concordance and Episode Guide - Author
- 1990: TNG-3: A Concordance and Episode Guide - Author
- TNG-4: A Concordance and Episode Guide - Author
- TNG-5: A Concordance - Author
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion - Author
- DS9-1: A Concordance and Episode Guide - Author
- Star Trek: Voyager Episode "Prophecy" - Writer (story; with J. Kelley Burke)
- 1995: Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion (updated) - Author
- DS9-2: A Concordance and Episode Guide - Author
- The Making of Star Trek: First Contact - Author (with Lou Anders and Ian Spelling)
- Star Trek Magazine - Contributor (columnist, interviewer/feature writer)
- 1997: Star Trek Fact Files - Contributor (author, photo editor and researcher)
- 1998: Star Trek Communicator - Managing editor, contributor
- Star Trek: The Magazine - Contributor (author, photo editor, researcher and interviews)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion (CD version) - Author
- 2002: Star Trek: Star Charts - Contributor (Chapter introductions, research)
- 2003: Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion (updated) - Author
- 2005: Star Trek: The Collector's Edition - Contributor (episode notes)
- 2011: The Official Star Trek The Next Generation: Build the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D - Contributor (interviews)
- 2013: Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library - Author
- 2018: Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library: Updated Edition - Author
Star Trek filmography
- 2002: "Starfleet Moments & Memories Year Seven" ("A Unique Family"), TNG Season 7 DVD special feature - interviewed on March 20, 2002
- 2003: After They Were Famous: Star Trek - Consultant
- 2004: Star Trek: New Voyages: Come What May - portrayed Cal Strickland
- 2005: Star Trek: Enterprise Episode "These Are the Voyages..." - cameoed as a Unnamed Human ceremony attendee
- 2006: Star Trek: New Voyages: To Serve All My Days - portrayed Esterion Captain
- 2009: Trek Roundtable: First Contact (Star Trek: First Contact (2009 DVD) special feature) - Host
- 2009: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection Blu-ray (special feature) - Audio commentary
- 2010: The Captains of The Final Frontier - Consultant, Guest
- 2011: Star Trek: New Voyages: No-Win Scenario (Vignette Episode) - portrayed Tellarite Grolst [NOTE: This episode was originally filmed in 2005, but was not released until 2011.]
- 2011: G4's Proving Ground: "Star Trek" - portrayed Star Trek Guest Consultant
- 2011: Trek Nation - Guest
- 2013: Star Trek Continues: Pilgrim of Eternity - portrayed Leonard McCoy
- 2014: Star Trek Continues: Lolani - portrayed Leonard McCoy, Creative Consultant
- 2014: Star Trek Continues: Fairest of Them All - Creative Consultant
- 2014: The Green Girl - Guest
- 2015: Star Trek Continues: Divided We Stand - Creative Consultant
- 2015: Star Trek Continues: The White Iris - Creative Consultant
- 2015: Our Star Trek: The Fifty-Year Mission - Creative Consultant, Guest
- 2016: Star Trek Continues: Come Not Between The Dragons - Creative Consultant
- 2016: Red Shirt Diaries: Operation: Annihilate - Dr. McCoy
- 2016: Star Trek Continues: Embracing The Winds - Creative Consultant
- 2017: Star Trek Continues: Still Treads the Shadow - Creative Consultant
- 2017: Star Trek Continues: What Ships Are For - Creative Consultant
- 2017: Star Trek Continues: To Boldly Go: Part I - Creative Consultant
- 2017: Star Trek Continues: To Boldly Go: Part II - Creative Consultant
- "Cast & Crew". Star Trek Continues. Farragut Films, Dracogen Strategic Investments and Vic Mignogna. Archived from the original on 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
- "Larry Nemecek". larrynemecek.com. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- "Larry Nemecek". phoenixcomicon.com. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- "Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library". amazon.com. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- "Star Trek Database". Startrek.com. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
- Larry Nemecek on IMDb
- Larry Nemecek's official archives and website
- THE TREK FILES podcast from Roddenberry Podcast Network
- TREKLAND TUESDAYS LIVE talkback show on Facebook
- Larry Nemecek's TREKLAND blog and vidblog
- "The Con of Wrath" documentary project
- "TREKLAND: On Speaker" archival audio series
- 1996 Interview at StarTrek.com
- 2015 Interview at normanmagazine.com
-  at technorati.com
- Interview at StarTrek.com (with Geoffrey Mandel)
- Larry Nemecek on Twitter