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Happy Anniversary STAR TREK!

WE INTERRUPT OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED INTERVIEWS WITH BREAKING NEWS:

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Star Trek!

As some of you may know, I’ve been introduced to the world of SciFi, and more importantly, to Star Trek fandom. As a Red Sox fan myself, I respect and appreciate the dedication fans have to their chosen genre and television series. More than that, I applaud the voracity with which they defend their beloved Star Trek to Star Wars fans everywhere (Yankees, anyone?).

Although still somewhat new to the genre, I have grown to understand the subtle nuances between different franchises. For example, I prefer Star Trek over Star Wars simply because they have more people and less creatures. This blends perfectly with my abhorrence of animals. And let’s face it- James T. Kirk got more celestial tail than Han Solo ever knew existed. If I were Chewbacca I’d have jumped ship and joined up with Scotty on the Enterprise in a nanosecond (how’s that for some nerd speak?). And if we’re talking Star Captains, how can you beat Jean Luc Picard? Even space villains can’t help but take a bald man seriously.

Despite the fact that I won’t be writing SciFi anytime soon (REAPERS WITH ISSUES is about as close to SciFi as I get), I have come to enjoy reading it. For those of you who have yet to join the genre bandwagon I would suggest starting with Robert A. Heinlein’s STARSHIP TROOPERS. Put aside some time with this one people- once you read the opening you cannot put it down.

Another great author to both the genre and the series is our own Dayton Ward, who combines his writing prowess with his Trekkie fandom and pens some of the best SciFi reads out there. STAR TREK – VANGUARD is a good place to start. Keep an eye out for up and coming writer Tom Elias as well. I see good things in his future.

Then there are the super fans in the form of bloggers who rally their support in posts. Our good friend from the Great White North Sightsnbytes has a hilarious take on the series that will leave you in stitches, and of course the enigmatic Edward Hotspur who turns the genre upside down in his series STARSHIP INNERTHIGHS.

As for my experience with the genre, you can follow my journey here:

 CONFESSIONS OF A STAR WARS VIRGIN

SCIFI FAUX PAS

CONFESSIONS OF A STAR TREK VIRGIN

SCIFI FACE OFF

32 responses

  1. I remember you way back mocking Trekkers(yes,that’s the pc way to refer to Trekkies).
    My, how things have changed.

    And to steal a line form Star Wars, Your transformation to the dark side isnow complete.

    September 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    • I was just thinking the same thing!

      September 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

  2. It still cracks me up, seeing a post from you that contains the word ‘virgin’.

    September 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • I am a virgin! Wanna see pictures of my kids?

      I am quoting a friend of mine. A very simple friend of mine.

      September 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      • I suppose if I had a post that contained that word, it would crack everyone up too.

        September 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        • Wait…you don’t have a post with the word “virgin” in it? How can that be?

          September 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

          • Actually I probably do, but I’m not searching through 850 posts to find out.

            September 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

            • HOLY CRAP! 850?!? This post is number 240 for me. I need to catch up.

              September 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

              • Well, I was exaggerating. It’s really 847.

                September 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

                • I am surprised you didn’t post three more times between that comment and this one! You totally could have done it, you know.

                  September 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

                  • Even God rested on the seventh day

                    September 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

                    • Don’t get me started on God. I’m an atheist. ;)

                      September 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

                    • Nuh-uh. Are not.

                      September 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm

            • Oh. I figured out how to search for it, and I have 14 posts with ‘virgin’ in them, though one is in Virginia from Train lyrics, and some are Virgin Galactic.

              September 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

              • So you know the first thing I am going to do tomorrow is start typing in really bizarre words into your search bar and see what pops up.

                I have no life.

                September 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

                • Let me know if you don’t find something, and I’ll make a post about it.

                  September 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm

                  • So much power…must choose wisely…

                    September 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

                    • If you pick NAMBLA, I’ll mail you a poisonous snake.

                      September 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

                  • You know, it may just be worth it.

                    September 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

                    • “So my friend and yours, Hellis, was telling me about this NAMBLA meeting she went to. Turns out, she’s a den mother, and she lets that organization use her van while she drives.”

                      Still think it’s worth it?

                      September 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

                    • Oh fuck no.

                      September 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

                    • Nono, go on…

                      September 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

                    • heh heh.

                      September 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm

                    • Probably not a good idea to express an interest in hearing more about NAMBLA, Guapo.

                      September 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

  3. Welcome to the world of Star Trek & Star Wars! I have been a fan since the beginning, but I do not consider myself a Trekkie because I don’t go overboard. I appreciate the genre.

    September 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    • I’ve grown to love it as well. I save all my crazy uber fandom for the Red Sox, and now the Raiders.

      *whimper*

      September 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  4. Thanks for the pimpin’!

    If you’ve not read it, I recommend Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. In addition to being a great read in its own right, it’s also an interesting counterpoint to Starship Troopers.

    September 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    • Thanks! This sounds like a good read. I’ll be sure to pick it up.

      September 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  5. Imagine that, 46 years old. I was 14 when ST hit TV. My Dad thought it was a waste of air time so we watched it on our little black and white portable in the bedroom.

    The Beatles album “Revolver” had just come out in August. Two cultural standards in about a month. I’ll never regret growing up in the Sixties.

    September 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    • That’s exactly how I feel about the seventies and Frampton.

      September 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      • That’s exactly how I feel about the 90s and Radiohead.

        September 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

  6. AND THE WINNER OF THE HOTSPUR NO POST IS:

    Antidisestablishmentarianism

    September 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

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