Updated: Aug 15
Geoff Allshorn (founder of Austrek) writes:
A generation ago, SF author Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree Jr) wrote one of the first Star Trek-related stories (and arguably, one of the earliest pieces of 'Mary Sue' fan fiction) to ever be professionally published. 'Beam Us Home' tells the story of someone who feels somewhat of an alien or outcast in their home world, but who finds shelter in utopian science fiction.
Although the story focuses on an individual, its collective title ('Beam Us Home') implies that such dreams and aspirations are universal. There are times when we all feel like we are alien, or different, and sci fi can provide consolation and family, and optimistic inspiration for the future.
The current series Strange New Worlds is one of the better Star Trek franchise products underway at present. It revisits some original Star Trek characters and episodes in a way that is respectful of the original material but fresh and modern. Old characters like Kirk, Spock, Uhura and Chapel are rebooted to suit twenty-first century audiences. New characters like Ortega and Aspen provide tantalising hints about modern understandings of diverse gender and sexuality.
Strange New Worlds lives up to the ideals of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who postulated that the human adventure is just beginning and that we should make it so. New viewers are invited to explore familiar but strange new worlds, and the positive philosophies that such visits inspire.
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