December 24 in Sci-Fi History: Nicholas and Stephanie Meyer (No Relation)

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Dec 24, 2017, 8:30 AM EST

It was on this day in 1945 that Nicholas Meyer was born in New York City. Meyer is famous for being the dude who knows how to make Star Trek movies work better than a lot of other people. If you've never heard him speak about his time directing The Wrath of Khan (1982), it's good stuff:


Meyer also co-wrote the screenplay for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). Yep, the one with the whales.


He also co-wrote and directed the sixth and final film for the full original cast, The Undiscovered Country (1991), and currently serves as a producer on Star Trek: Discovery.

Let's also give him credit for directing arguably the most terrifying and bleak TV movie from the '80s, The Day After (1983).


Another Meyer celebrating a birthday today? Stephenie Meyer, the woman behind The Twilight Saga. Here she is chatting about it with Oprah:


Born in Hartford, Connecticut, but raised mostly in Arizona, Meyer credits the original idea for the stories to a dream she had in 2003. She would go on to write The Host, which was turned into a movie with Saoirse Ronan in 2013.


Happy birthday to all the folks in Meyerville.

Tomorrow: Christmas movies that, wow, aren’t really Christmas movies.