November 13th, 2018

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Book 3 - 2017

Book 3: A Brief Guide to Star Trek: The Essential History of the Classic Series and the Movies by Brian J. Robb – 275 pages

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For over 40 years Star Trek has made a phenomenal cultural impact. Now more popular than ever - J.J. Abrams' reinvented Star Trek movie was one of the box office hits of 2009, grossing $385 million worldwide - the 'franchise' continues to have cultural, social and political resonance around the world. Star Trek has changed not just the way we look at space but also our own world. It gave the culture a lexicon of catchphrases, from "Beam me up, Scotty" to Dr McCoy's many complaints beginning "I'm a doctor, not a [...]!" Much of the 'future' technology depicted on Star Trek has come to feature in everyday life, from the communicator-like mobile phone to computer touch screens now taken for granted. Many of the world's most prominent scientists were inspired to pursue their careers (as were many writers and artists) due to an early exposure to Star Trek. In A Brief Guide to Star Trek, expert Brian J Robb charts the rise and rise of the show and explores its impact our culture.


I started watching Star Trek as a child – both my parents had watched it growing up, and for us, watching Star Trek was as normal (if not more) as watching a Disney movie. Personally, I’ve always preferred Voyager, the story of a lost star ship trying to find its way home to Earth. I’m not sure if it was this ongoing undercurrent storyline or the fact that Voyager had a female captain that I loved most, but nonetheless, it was (and still is) my favourite, despite all its flaws. This book goes back to the very start, the very creation of Star Trek by its now revered creator Gene Roddenberry, and explains how it came to be, and its evolution over the last fifty years. Even for a Star Trek fan, there was still stuff in here I learnt, that I wasn’t aware of despite the mountains of trivia my Dad has shared with me over the past thirty years. What was really interesting was the development and evolution of many of Roddenberry’s key tenets of the Star Trek universe – conflict between crews, religion etc. Seeing the new Star Trek series, Discovery, break some of these tenets further talks to the evolution of a series helping to create the future as much as it tells the story of its possibilities. A good read for both fans and the merely interested.

3 / 50 books. 6% done!

856 / 15000 pages. 6% done!

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