WARNING: If you’re a Star Trek/sci-fi fan like myself, have tissues handy; the prospect of interplanetary travel becoming a reality might make you a little teary-eyed.carl sagan mars science fiction curiosity SPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER smart people saying smart things my upworthy posts
Isaac Asimov in a letter of advice to Gene Roddenberry on how to get audiences to focus on Kirk AND Spock instead of just on Spock who was considered a “fad-character” (albeit a wonderful one) who brought in the “teenage vote”.
Seriously just read the whole thing, it’s fantastic.
"If a story begins by showing us a wizard, we understand immediately that we will see wizards and magic. If a story with no magic introduces a wizard with no hint that magic was coming, the audience rightly feels cheated."
I literally could not have said this better myself. It’s a long article, but if the ending to BSG made you as angry as it made me, it’s worth reading.battlestar galactica strong feelings about television shows television science fiction sci fi bsg
CHARLIE BROOKER, talking about the dangers and non-dangers of Nautilus, “the computer that predicts the future”.
Of course, I picked the quote about Star Trek out of a much longer essay, but the rest of it is interesting and definitely worth reading.
Wow. I can’t believe we have to wait for the fall for answers!doctor who io9 batman science fiction review
"With his recent appearance on Doctor Who, Mark Sheppard cemented his place as science fiction’s greatest character actor. But we’ve been loving Sheppard for years…and we assembled this video of every last one of his scifi roles to prove his awesomeness.
This covers the greatest Sheppard moments, from his recent appearances on Warehouse 13 and Supernatural to his early work on and Star Trek: Voyager. It’s eighteen years worth of larger-than-life performances, snarky banter, and moral ambiguity, complete with at least a half-dozen different accents, multiple threats of bodily harm, and a couple of the most ridiculous face prosthetics we’ve ever seen.”
♥ Brilliant.mark sheppard science fiction sci fi crowley io9 supernatural doctor who
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So, I remember reading about LGBT and science fiction many moons ago, but I did not make the connection until re-reading it now.
Theodore Sturgeon wrote many stories during the Golden Age of Science Fiction that emphasised the importance of love, regardless of the current social norms. In his short story “The World Well Lost” (1953),[c] first published in Universe magazine, homosexual alien fugitives and unrequited (and taboo) human homosexual love are portrayed. The tagline for the Universe cover was “[His] most daring story”; its sensitive treatment of homosexuality was unusual for science fiction published at that time, and it is now regarded as milestone in science fiction’s portrayal of homosexuality. According to an anecdote related by Samuel R. Delany, when Sturgeon first submitted the story, the editor (John W. Campbell) not only rejected it but phoned every other editor he knew and urged them to reject it as well. Sturgeon would later write Affair with a Green Monkey, which examined social stereotyping of homosexuals, and in 1960 published Venus Plus X, in which a single-gender society is depicted and the protagonist’s homophobia portrayed unfavourably.
I went to his page and saw…
Sturgeon wrote the screenplays for the Star Trek episodes “Shore Leave” (1966) and “Amok Time” (1967, later published as a “Fotonovel” in 1978). The latter is known for his invention of the pon farr, the Vulcan mating ritual, the first use of the sentence “Live long and prosper” and the first use of the Vulcan hand symbol. Sturgeon also wrote several episodes of Star Trek that were never produced. One of these was notable for having first introduced the Prime Directive.
>wrote Amok Time
>created pon farr
by the power of ten.
For the starship captain’s log entry narrations, Roddenberry wanted to devise a futuristic measurement of time reference. He called (Sam) Peeples (whom Roddenberry had contacted early on for help in learning about science fiction, a subject he knew nothing about; it was Peeples who wrote “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” the pilot that sold ST). The two men had a few drinks while brainstorming, and soon began chuckling over their imaginative ‘stardate’ computations. ‘We tried to set up a system that would be unidentified unless you knew how we did it,’ Peeples says.
“They marked off sections on a pictorial depiction of the known universe and extrapolated how much earth time would elapse when traveling between given points, taking into account that the Enterprise’s warp engines would be violating Einstein’s theory that nothing could exceed the speed of light. They concluded that the ‘time continuum’ would therefore vary from place to place, and that earth time may actually be lost in travel. ‘So the stardate on Earth would be one thing, but the stardate on Alpha Centauri would be different,’ Peeples says. ‘We thought this was hilarious, because everyone would say, “How come this date is before that date when this show is after that show?” The answer was because you were in a different sector of the universe.’"
They made the ST universe’s time system arbitrary on purpose! These guys were trolling Star Trek nerds before they were Star Trek nerds.
I really enjoy that they put all of this thought into it
Also I feel compelled to share that my first thought on learning about relativity was “Star Trek was wrong…”