Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-4987-5 • Hardback • May 2015 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
978-1-4422-4988-2 • eBook • May 2015 • $95.00 • (£73.00)
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, and Culture in Star Wars, and Dracula’s Daughters.
Shea T. Brode has an MA in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University Autonoma in Madrid.
Douglas and Shea are the coeditors of The Star Trek Universe: Franchising the Final Frontier (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
Introduction - Star Trek: In the Beginning, Roddenberry Said . . .
Chapter One - “Wagon Train to the Stars”: Star Trek, The Western Frontier, and American Values
Chapter Two - Of Television and the 1960s: Star Trek, Vietnam, and the Transformation of the United States
H. Bruce Franklin
Chapter Three - Milton and Rodenberry: Structural Parallels between Star Trek II and Paradise Lost
Shari Hodges Holt
Chapter Four - Boldly Unruly: Star Trek in Play
Chapter Five - Warp Speed: The Physics of Star Trek
Chapter Six - From the United States to the Federation of Planets: Star Trek and the Globalization of American Culture
Chapter Seven - Minimalist Interiors/Imagined Exteriors: Spatial Complexity in the Star Trek Saga
Chapter Eight - Decaying Orbits: Men, Women, and Fear of Extinction in TOS
Ina Ray Hark
Chapter 9 - The Matter of Gender in “Metamorphosis”: Women, Romance, and the Queerness of Desire
Chapter 10 - Captain Kirk 4-EVER: William Shatner as Romantic Object
Chapter 11 - Pragmatism and Meaning: Assessing the Message of TOS
Anne Collins Smith and Owen M. Smith
Chapter 12 - Belief System in TOS: Secular Humanism, Traditional Religion, and Cultural Imperialism
Chapter 13 - “What Does a Starship Need With God?”: Divinization, Deicde, and the Re-Affirmation of Faith in Star Trek I-VI
Chapter 14 - Always Bring Phasers to an Animated Canon Fight: Trek’s Saturday Morning Original Cast Adventures
David S. Silverman
Chapter 15 - The Audience as Ultimate Auteur: Female Fans and Early Trek ‘Vidding”
Chapter 16 - Sarek’s Tears: Classical Music, Star Trek, and the Exportation of Culture
Chapter 17 - Of Authorial Primacy and Literary Adaptation: TOS and William Shatner’s “Captain’s Trilogy”
About the Editors and Contributors
This collection of essays is certain to entrance Star Trek TOS fans. . . .The texts here illustrate how the series, conflicted, tried to promote feminism, while still enjoying fetishism or even indulging in a bit of its own misogyny. . . .As an assemblage, the book gives us an even greater appreciation for the franchise, which stands as one of television’s greatest accomplishments.
— Pop Culture Classics
If you are looking for a true guidebook not only to the Star Trek phenomena, but also to a deeper understanding of the dynamics to the show, then you’ll want to seek out Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures.
— Comics Grinder
This is an excellent addition to the growing scholarship related to the Star Trek franchise.
— Journal of American Culture