While I wish this was a story about the astronauts waking up in the morning to find William Shatner on board; actually, it’s just that Shatner recorded a special wake-up call (recorded above) for the Discovery and its crew, much like Nathan Fillion did for the Endeavor last year. Not that being an astronaut isn’t totally impressive on its own, but when Captain Kirk is recording specific messages for you, you know you’ve made it. Thanks to DE12 for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.