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Tribbles Week: The Next Tribble-ation Contest

Now that Tribbles Week has come to an end, we know what you’re all thinking: I want one! Well we are more than happy to oblige, and give you not one, but two chances at a tribble of your very own, handmade by me. This is one of two contests; the other is here.

One thing you may have noticed this week is that while the original series, the animated series, and Deep Space Nine all had tribble-themed episodes, Star Trek: The Next Generation never did. Eugene and I think that’s a damn shame, and we want to rectify that situation—with your help, of course.

Your Task:

Leave a comment on this post in which you tell us what you think a TNG tribble episode would have been like. Describe (briefly!) the basic plot, and be sure to give it a title! You will be judged on your originality, creativity, and understanding of both TNG and the Treks that came before it. Also, sheer awesomeness.

You have until Monday, April 26th at 12pm EST to enter.

The Prizes:

One lucky winner will receive all three of the items below:

1.   Two tribbles, handmade by me (Torie)

(Click to enlarge)

These little guys were lovingly handcrafted by moi. I am not an expert craftsperson but I think they came out rather well, and it’s my way of thanking all of you who have read and continue to read our little blog series.

The tribbles are made from faux fur (one camel-colored, one white and gray), stuffed with polyester fiberfill, and hand-stitched together. They do not trill, unfortunately, because I am not that talented. But they are very soft and cuddle-able.

2.   The Best of Star Trek on DVD

This DVD includes four episodes: “Balance of Terror,” “The City on the Edge of Forever,” “Amok Time,” and, of course, “The Trouble With Tribbles,” so that you can pop it in whenever you need your tribble fix.

3.   Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles and the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, edited by David Gerrold and Robert J. Sawyer

The official blurb: “Trekkies and Trekkers alike will get starry-eyed over this eclectic mix of essays on the groundbreaking original Star Trek series. Star Trek writers D. C. Fontana and David Gerrold, science fiction authors such as Howard Weinstein, and various academics share behind-the-scenes anecdotes, discuss the show’s enduring appeal and influence, and

examine some of the classic features of the show, including Spock’s irrationality, Scotty’s pessimism, and the lack of seatbelts on the Enterprise. The impact of the cultural phenomenon on subsequent science-fiction television programs is explored, as well as how the show laid the foundation for the science fiction genre to break into the television medium.

Contributors include: Michael A. Burstein, Don DeBrandt, David DeGraff, Melissa Dickinson, D. C. Fontana, Eric Greene, Paul Levinson, Robert A. Metzger, Adam Roberts, Norman Spinrad, Allen Steele, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Howard Weinstein, and Lyle Zynda.”

We will also be choosing four (4) runners-up, and each of them will receive two of my tribbles.

Read the rules carefully: only registered users who are legal residents of the United States age 18 and over are eligible. Make sure you’re logged in! The contest ends on Monday, April 26th, at 12pm EST.

To those of you who are unfortunately ineligible, all is not lost! After the contest is over, I will create a how-to post on the tribbles that includes a) instructions for how to make your own and b) a random giveaway open to all.

And that should do it! Engage!

*Special thanks to the incredibly talented

Jamie Stafford-Hill

for the Picard picture that leads this post!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. To participate in the “ST:TNG Tribbles” contest, post your title and plot summary of a Tribbles-themed Star Trek: The Next Generation episode in the comments for the blog post, beginning Friday, 16 April, 2010 at 2:30PM and ending on Monday, 26 April 2010 at 12:00PM ET. Winners will be selected on the basis of creativity and overall quality. Open to registered users of who are legal U.S. residents 18 years of age and older. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law. For complete Official Rules, go here. Sponsor:, a division of Macmillan, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

Winners announced




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