Tag Archives: Star Trek

Nothing Doing

The Vietnam War was raging and escalating rapidly and the war protests were beginning – the college kids, and then the clergy, and then “normal” people were taking to the streets – and in August, 1965, there were the Watts … Continue reading

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Navigating the New Normal

Teenage boys and eccentric old men like science fiction. The rest of us have enough to deal with in the real world – we don’t have time for fanciful alternatives. What Gene Roddenberry dreamed up in his Star Trek franchise … Continue reading

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Strange New Worlds

English teachers never liked the opening of the original Start Trek series, with that voice-over about exploring strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. It was the … Continue reading

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He’s Dead, Jim

In the late sixties, and since then in endless syndication, we learned that things are pretty simple. In episode after episode of that original Star Trek show, the ship’s medical officer, McCoy, would turn to Captain James T. Kirk and … Continue reading

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For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

If you drive down Gower Street out here it ends at Melrose Avenue, and on your left there’s that giant concrete globe on top of the old RKO building – like you used to see as the RKO movie started. … Continue reading

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Our Apparent Need for Synthetic Reality

Most people simply outgrow science fiction. It’s a genre for adolescent boys – all clever what-if set-up and gee-whiz action about what would happen if all this imaginary stuff weren’t imaginary. You get a lot of time-travel and alternative universes. … Continue reading

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