While September's Storyboard Challenge asks us to look at the pre-production side of Star Trek, we also have to prepare for October's contest and choose a Theme. Please feel free to vote whether you intend to create an entry or not, we want to generate as much interest and participation as possible. And let us know how you've voted below and why: what piques your interest about each theme, what you think we might see. You never know, your thoughts could just be the spark that lights someone's imagination and leads to a new piece of Star Trek Art. THE NEUTRAL ZONE has returned and the Themes within it, which scored the lowest averages in recent polls, are in danger of being eliminated from future votes. We have Eighteen Themes suggested by BBS members for you to choose from and you have until the poll closes on the 1st October to vote for your FOUR favourite Themes. Details for each Theme are as follows: Specific Show -- Picard Dedicated to art inspired by one specific Star Trek show or era. Each month you have the opportunity to vote for a different era cycling through: TOS/TAS --> TNG --> DS9 --> VOY --> ENT --> MOVIES --> DSC --> PIC --> LDS --> PRO --> SNW --> TOS/TAS --> ... Transporter Malfunctions Duplicates, amalgamations and transmogrifications. Oh my! Kirkvix! Tendivix! DATAVIX! Tuvix your favorite characters... then draw them running in terror from Janeway! The More Things Change Time may move at warp speed, but not everything does. Show us how something Trek has changed over the years - landscapes, buildings, ships, people, beliefs. The New Next Generation What's next for Star Trek? Show us what could follow your favorite incarnation of Star Trek or the future of fandom itself: the Next Generation of Star Trek fans. Beginnings A New Year is here so taking inspiration from that show us some Trek Art related to new Beginnings. It could be inspired by something from the start of your favourite series or show us the beginning of a new mission, the introduction of a new character, ship or family member. Tall Tales Or, a funny thing happened on the way to Delta Vega. Dedicated to those adventures that are the most bizarre and unbelievable, the ones where if you described them to someone they'd reckon you'd done a little too much LDS - Abraham Lincoln floating in space, holograms taking over the Enterprise, being shrunk to the size of a toy, evolving into a lizard?! Or perhaps you can think of something even weirder than those we've seen on the show. Fighting Stance Show hand-to-hand combat at its best and worst - honorable surrender, self-sacrifice, using someone as human/alien shields, no mercy, knock down drag out, fancy footwork, anything goes! Timekeeping We know our Starfleet crews get themselves into all sorts of temporal scrapes, but how do they (and other galactic citizens) tell the time wherever they are? Apart from stardates, the odd PADD/viewscreen display, Sisko's Saltah'na clock, and a couple of "antique" 20th century watches, what do contemporary timepieces look like in the Star Trek time periods? Especially those from worlds other than Earth? After all, not everywhere has a 24 hour day... Not Good Enough Art inspired by unpopular episodes. Today Is A Good Day to Die-o-rama Release your inner child with a diorama demonstrating anything Trek - landscapes, ships, historical moments. Make it or draw it, if you prefer. Mixed media - use any material you want. Trek Tech It Up Design a futuristic version of a current tool or device. Even if the upgrades aren't much of an improvement, at least it looks cool....right? Wrong Episode Posters Have you ever read a synopsis for an episode or movie that only vaguely resembles what you eventually watched? Well, your challenge is to badly interpret the plot of a Star Trek episode or movie and create a promotional poster to advertise it. Maybe you could shift the emphasis of the episode/movie to that of a side-plot or have the main protaganist to be the villain or a minor character. Perhaps, you could swap the genre of the episode entirely: Duet as a musical? The Trouble with Tribbles as a horror? Back to School It's that time of year again! Show us what Trek characters use in the classroom to learn. Design the cover of a textbook. Depict your favorite characters going back to school, or through training, to learn something new. Weather (Whether) The Storm Whether in space, planetside, or in a holoprogram, show your favorite characters braving bad weather. Alternately, show them enjoying their favorite season or climate conditions. Thrillin' Villain! SNW needs another villain species! Pick an irredeemable cultural feature (just as for the Cardassians it was fascism, or for the Ferengi it was capitalist greed) and design a new enemy race that embodies it! [THE NEUTRAL ZONE] The Menagerie We hear about Berengarian dragons, and Andorian bulls, and Orion wing-slugs, and Terrelian seapods and the like, but didn't get to see them. What do they look like? How big are they? What kind of environment do they live in? Will they eat you?!? Expect the Unexpected What's hiding behind that rock? Who's hailing us? Where are we? Depict Starfleet encountering something they didn't bargain for...as usual. Believe It Or Not What constitutes an urban legend in the Trek universe? Mysterious creatures, celebrity sightings, gossip about famous legendary Starfleeters...what stories do the new recruits whisper by warp's glow? [THE NEUTRAL ZONE] Remember, you can choose FOUR!!! Thanks for voting, have fun!