March 06, 2007
| by Rachel Cericola
“I receive many requests for various science fiction applications including ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Dr. Who’ and ‘Star Wars’,” says Alleyne. “The strange thing is most of the inquiries come from people who, for reasons I have yet to understand, expect me to work free of charge. I wouldn’t dream of writing to a motor mechanic saying, ‘Can you tell me how to fix my car via email because I don’t want to pay you to do it’.”
While Alleyne’s “Star Trek” project didn’t drive him mad, it did drive him into bankruptcy. He emerged from bankruptcy earlier this year and now says he’d like to move on to a bigger place to play with. There he could add more voice activation into the mix.
“My motto has always been: Bliss is a room without wires,” he says. “I make a point of not showing plug sockets, cable or any evidence of how things function so complete voice activation would complement the current design.” Other future options include new lighting, wall paneling, a new ceiling design, some original contemporary artwork and, if space permits, sliding doors.
Alleyne suggests that anyone willing to undertake such a project should have a strong passion for sci-fi. No kidding—Alleyne actually parted with his own bed to perfect the Transporter area. However, it wasn’t entirely for aesthetic purposes. “A few years ago I suffered with sciatica and was advised by my GP [general practitioner] to sleep on the floor,” he says. “It cured the sciatica and gave me the opportunity to convert the bed area into the Transporter area—bed space is overrated.”
If you’re serious about getting your geek on, start saving. Alleyne expects to relist his “Star Trek: Voyager” apartment on eBay sometime in March for around $200,000.
For more information on Alleyne’s apartment, check out www.24thcid.com. The site includes virtual tours created by Yakub Llewelyn Ahmed at www.digitalcreation.biz.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.