What does Star Trek mean to you .
Write them down
STAR TREK – SCREENED FIRST IN THE USA 8
12 July 1969 (UK) BBC (Anderson, J. 1985)
Watch Star Trek. (5 Mins)
Why did the series have a cult following?
GENE RODDENBERRY (1921-1991)
Ex –pilot & LAPD officer
Wanted long term TV show
Arthcur C Clarke
Wanted to talk about love, war, nature, God, sex
and pass the sensors
“it all seems so make believe” (Dillard. 1996)
Westerns on TV (Worland.2003)
“ONE TO BEAM UP”(FOSTER, D. 1979)
Three year run
What then happened?
WORLD WIDE success – SOLD in OVER 300
territories ( Hise, J.1995)
A NEW HOPE (LUCAS 1977)
With the success of Star Wars – Paramount studios
commissioned a movie
STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE
The over 20 year 10 sequels
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
With the success of the movies.
The 70s & 80s
THE NEXT GENERATION
Making the series became cheaper.
STAR TREK - FRANCHISE
Exhibition – Science museum
TREK THE PHILOSOPHY
The future (Huxley)
New concept in sci-fi – cultural effect
Breaking boundaries -Political
Television is the first truly democratic culture - the
first culture available to everybody ……..
Do you know that you have the first nonstereotypical role on television? You're a first. This
is not a female role. This is not a black role. This is
a quality role, and this is an equal role, and it is in a
command position. You have to carry on, because
not only do little black children and do women see
you and aspire and do you have meaning for
them, but everyone else sees us for the first time
the way we are supposed to be - on an equal
basis, and on a level of dignity and authority and
with the highest of qualifications.
Martin Luther King to Nichelle Nichols
Science fiction to science fact
David A. Batchelor (2009). "The Science of Star
Trek". NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Lawrence M. Krauss (1995). The Physics of Star
Star Trek Navigraphic - how Trek tech compares
with existing technology
Science fiction paves the way to science fact by
showing us a possible vision of a positive future
Science fiction has never really aimed to tell us
when we might reach other planets, or develop new
technologies, or meet aliens. Science fiction
speculates about why we might want to do these
things, and how their consequences might affect
our lives and our planet.
John Clute (1995)
In the 23rd century universe of "Star Trek," people
talked to each other using wireless personal
communicators, had easy access to a vast
database of information and spent hours gazing at
a big wall-mounted video screen…on 21st century
Earth, that future is already here.
When I designed the UI (user interface) for the
Palm OS back in '93, my first sketches were
influenced by the UI of the Enterprise bridge
Rob Haitani, product design architect for
TO GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE
(RODENNBERRY, G. 1982)
IF YOU WERE WRITING ABOUT STAR TREK
What would you write about.
What would you compare?
What would you discover?
What arguments would you raise?
Would you write about anything else apart from the
What kind of research would you do?
Where sources would you use (methodology)
What kind of citations would you use?
FIND A SOURCE ON STAR TREK
Find one source on Star Trek that sums up what
you have learned.
Journal/article that looks at something different