An Australian newspaper made a HUGE mistake in its review of a new book about the starship Enterprise, and when called out, not only did it issue an awesome apology—but also went on to apologize for the apology!
YESTERDAY, a news.com.au article incorrectly stated that the Star Trek starship USS Enterprise-E, otherwise known as model NNC-1701-E, was the successor to Captain Kirk's original USS Enterprise.
It has since been brought to our attention that the NNC-1701-E in fact came two models after Captain Kirk retired and was under the command of Captain Jean Luc Picard.
But the correction didn't stop there, going on to state:
There were also some concerns about whether the incorrect use of the term "hyperspace" in describing warp drive technology may harm the original Star Trek concept, particularly the books.
News.com.au apologises unreservedly for the error.
There was no intention whatsoever to suggest Captain Kirk may have commanded the Galaxy Class Starships Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E.
Any damage to the Star Trek brand incurred by the use of the term "hyperspace" is regretful.
And as if that wasn't enough, the mea culpa ended on a humorous note:
We also agree that Patrick Stewart is a handsome man, a sentiment expressed by several readers.
Addendum - We're also sorry for any errors in this apology.
We salute The Australian for its gracious and entertaining response, something other sci-fi-ignorant newspapers could learn from.