2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and an event this big simply must be commemorated by the US Postal Service! As they announced in December, Star Trek fans were to be treated to four different stamp designs to celebrate and mark the occasion. Today, the USPS announced that the stamps would be officially issued on September 2, 2016 at the Star Trek: Mission NY convention in New York City. The day-of-issue ceremony will open the convention and celebrate Star Trek‘s birthday in a big way.
The USPS is encouraging fans to tweet about the release using the #StarTrekForever hashtag, which is a great way to promote these new stamps and encourage attendance at this sure-to-be-epic weekend, taking place at the Jacob K. Javits convention center. I am perhaps a little biased about wanting all you cool geeks to attend, since I am hosting no less than three panels at Mission NY! I am very excited to announce that info to my Legion of Leia readers, and one of the panels I’m hosting will be on feminism and Star Trek, featuring four actresses from various series’. I’m also hosting a panel on literature and Star Trek, as well as one on the impact Star Trek has had on female fans. First, however, I will be stopping at the USPS booth and grabbing a couple sets of forever stamps!