Star Trek: Discovery air date confirmed, beaming down in September

After what seems like an eternity of waiting, we finally know when Star Trek: Discovery will be hitting CBS in the US and Netflix everywhere else.

The show will launch on Monday 25 September. Which is actually not that far away when you think about it, we can be patient.

Another important detail is that the 15 episode series is going to be split into two chunks. So we’ll get weekly episodes from 25 September through to 6 November. Then there will be a break until it returns in January 2018. So, there will be more patience required, but not too much.

“Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.”

Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Chris Obi, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo, Mary Wiseman, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos, and James Frain. Rainn Wilson will be playing classic series character Harry Mudd.

Gretchen J Berg and Aaron Harberts are acting as showrunners for the series, while Akiva Goldsman, Vincenzo Natali and Nicholas Meyer are producing. Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, Berg, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and David Semel are serving as executive producers. The first season will consist of 15 episodes.

Star Trek: Discovery will air on CBS All Access later and Netflix this Autumn. Get all the latest science fiction news with every issue of SciFiNow.

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Free Fantasy Short Stories You Can Read Online

If you like to read, you probably already spend a fortune buying books. I know I can blow $50 at Amazon or Borders without blinking an eye. And as much as I like to support my favorite authors, it does get pricy to buy books all the time. Fortunately, you can find lots of great stuff to read online for free.

You may think I’m talking about those zillions of bottom-of-the-barrel, self-edited fan-fictions and the like (of course, some of those can be pretty good), but there are numerous online ezines with hard-working editors that select different original fantasy stories to feature each month. They pay their authors, just as the print magazines do, so they attract good quality writers.

Since I’m a fantasy fan myself, I’ll point out some fun ezines and websites where you can get your fantasy fix (without paying a dime). For readers of other genres, don’t despair, as there are plenty of great sites out there for you too. Just trying Googling your genre (i.e. mystery stories) + ezine or online magazine.

But, anyway, let’s get on with the fantasy!

Fantasy Magazine

This online magazine publishes fantasy short stories, nonfiction articles related to the genre, and book reviews. When it comes to fiction, you can expect everything from high fantasy to contemporary and urban stories. Magical realism, science fantasy, and folk tales are also found on the site’s digital pages. With new stories published every week, there are plenty of reasons to visit often.

Goblin Brothers Fantasy Stories

While most of the free story sites I’m mentioning are ezines with submissions by multiple authors, the Goblin Brothers are the work of one author, so not updated as often, but if you’re looking for cheeky heroes who use only their wits to get out of trouble (and to get into trouble too), then you might enjoy these stories.

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

A relative newcomer to the game, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is an ezine that publishes short works of heroic fantasy. If sword-swinging barbarians and epic adventures are your cup of tea, you’ll want to check these guys out and give them your support.

There are lots of other great fantasy short story sites out there, too, so don’t feel obligated to spend wads of money on books every month. If you can afford it, great, but if money is tight (as it is for all of us right now!), then enjoy the awesome free fantasy fiction you can find on the web.