The Star Trek Universe: Franchising The Final Frontier by Douglas BrodeThe Star Trek Universe: Franchising The Final Frontier by Douglas Brode

The Star Trek Universe: Franchising The Final Frontier

EditorDouglas Brode, Shea T. Brode

Hardcover | May 14, 2015

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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 show'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 attention-now more than ever. Looking beyond the entertainment value of its many versions, The Star Trek Universe-a companion volume to Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek-offers provocative essays that will engage scholars of gender studies, race studies, religion, history, and popular culture, not to mention the show's legions of fans around the planet.
Douglas Brode is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, graphic novelist, film historian, and multi-award-winning journalist. He is the coauthor (with Carol Serling) of Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone: The Official 50th Anniversary Tribute (2009) and coeditor (with Leah Deyneka) of Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars, Myth, Media...
Title:The Star Trek Universe: Franchising The Final FrontierFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9.2 × 6.3 × 0.89 inPublished:May 14, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Douglas BrodeChapter One: Supernatural Trek?: Science Fiction and the Re-Enchantment of the WorldMurray LeederChapter Two: Holodock History: The Past as Present on the Final FrontierCynthia J. Miller and Bowdoin Van RiperChapter Three: Stark Trek and the Information Age: How the Franchise Inspired Future TechnologyAnthony RotoloChapter Four: Forward to the Past: Miscegenation Constructs in the Star Trek MythosC. Denise Alessandria HurdChapter Five: Science Fiction as Social Consciousness: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Star Trek: The Next GenerationBrian L. Ott and Eric AokiChapter Six: Radically Borg? Gender Identity vs. Narrative Paradigms in Star TrekTama LeaverChapter Seven: Manifest Destiny in Deep Space: New Frontiers, Old Colonialism, and Borg AssimilationLynette Russell and Nathan WolskiChapter Eight: "Resistance is Futile": Cyborgs and The BorgDavid Gunkel Chapter Nine: Shakespeare in Space: Bardolatry in Star TrekMelanie LörkeChapter Ten: Toward a Non-Dystopian Future: Romance and Realism in TNGRebecca Barrileaux Chapter Eleven: "An Original": TNG and Emersonian TranscendentalismApril SelleyChapter Twelve: Harmonies: Star Trek's Universe and the Galaxy of GamingDouglas BrownChapter Thirteen: The Making of a Star Trek Video Game: Voyager - Elite Force and Creative CollaborationBrian PelletierChapter Fourteen: Plastic Bodies/Lost Accessories: TNG's Action Figures and the TV SeriesJonathan AlexandratosChapter Fifteen: Fantastic Licensing: The Ongoing Mission of Trek Comic BooksStefan HallChapter Sixteen: When Times Are Hard: Bereavement and Star Trek Fan LettersLincoln GeraghtyChapter Seventeen: Rebooting Utopia: Re-Imagining Star Trek for Post-9/11 AmericaNorma Jones IndexAbout the Editors and Contributors

Editorial Reviews

[This book is] one of the more accessible academic explorations of Star Trek that I've read, meaning that Trek fans don't need to have an academic background to appreciate the ideas raised. . . .You should still boldly go and seek out this book. Reading something that leaves you hungry for more can be a very good thing. Sample the ideas on offer in The Star Trek Universe: Franchising the Final Frontier, let them spark conversations and inspire you to dig deeper on the topics that most interest you.