Kirk's Kisses: Women of 'Star Trek' Featured in Kickstarter Campaign

'Ladies of Kirk' Book
A new illustrated book, "Ladies of Kirk," features drawings and descriptions of the many women encountered (and kissed) by Capt. James T. Kirk on "Star Trek." (Image credit: Kelley McMorris/Kickstarter)

A famed "Star Trek" captain's romantic conquests have come to life in a new illustrated book.

The new book showcases all the women Capt. James T. Kirk of the original "Star Trek" kissed over the course of the show, which ran from 1966 to 1969. Advertised on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, "Ladies of Kirk" more than quadrupled its $2,500 goal, reaching $11,253.

"Part celebration of the women of Trek, part loving parody of our favorite Captain, 'Ladies of Kirk' is a fully illustrated original art book," the project's artist, Kelley McMorris, said on the book's Kickstarter page.

"Brilliant lawyer Areel, shape-shifting telepath Sylvia, wholesome Edith Keeler — they're all here," she wrote. "One captain, 19 women, one book."

The 6 inch by 9 inch (15 centimeters by 23 centimeters), 42-page full-color book includes 19 illustrations and a short summary of every character.

McMorris describes herself as a professional illustrator who grew up loving "Star Trek." "I was impressed by the sheer diversity of these women, in their personalities, employment, motivations and costumes," she wrote.

As the campaign progressed, McMorris added more perks for the backers: At $4,300 in total donations, all backers who contributed at least $15 were entitled to a bookmark with Kirk on one side and the crewmember Spock on the other. At $8,600, she added a downloadable coloring book.

The campaign runs just weeks after the actor who played Kirk, William Shatner, tweeted a fan-driven pictorial tribute to Spock's actor (Leonard Nimoy). Nimoy died earlier this year at age 83; the men were lifelong friends after co-starring in the series.

"Star Trek" lives on through several fan campaigns (such as "Star Trek: Axanar") and in Hollywood; a new film from the rebooted series is expected to be released in 2016.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: