The Star Trek Universe

The Star Trek Universe

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As one of the most influential shows of all time, Star Trek continues to engage fans around the world. But its cultural impact has grown far beyond the scope of the original seventy-nine episodes. The show spawned an unprecedented progeny, beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation, followed by three additional series of space exploration. Film versions featuring Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and other original crew members first appeared in 1979, followed by a number of successful sequels and ultimately a reboot of the original show. From the modest ambitions of the showa€™s creator, Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek gradually transformed into a true franchise, an expanded universe that continues to grow. In The Star Trek Universe: Franchising the Final Frontier, Douglas and Shea T. Brode have collected several essays that examine the many incarnations that have arisen since the original program concluded its run in 1969. Every aspect of media into which Star Trek has penetrated is covered in this collection: the four television shows, literature, toys, games, and the big screen reboot of the original series featuring the Enterprise and her crew. Essays address a number of elements, particularly how the franchise has had an impact on gaming, fandom, and even technology. Other essays consider how race, gender, and sexuality have been addressed by the various shows and films. After a half century of boldly exploring topical issues that concern all of humanity, Star Trek warrants serious attentiona€”now more than ever. Looking beyond the entertainment value of its many versions, The Star Trek Universea€”a companion volume to Gene Roddenberrya€™s Star Treka€”offers provocative essays that will engage scholars of gender studies, race studies, religion, history, and popular culture, not to mention the showa€™s legions of fans around the planet.a€œRightful Heir, a€ Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 6, episode 23, first broadcast May 17, 1993. 2. ... the present discussion inevitably abuts it, this essay favors the secular dimensions of the supernatural and enchantment. ... Nine, the Star Trek series that dealt with issues of faith and religion most consistently and with the most sophistication. 3. ... Just the wind and the sea and the stars to guide you.

Title:The Star Trek Universe
Author: Douglas Brode, Shea T. Brode
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2015-05-14

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