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Second edition cover (paperback)

Second edition cover (paperback)
Author(s): Thomas Richards
Illustrator(s): Rick Pracher (cover)
Publisher: Doubleday (1st ed.)
Main Street Books (2nd ed.)
Published: 9 June 1997 (1st ed.)
20 July 1999 (2nd ed.)
Pages: 208
Reference(s): ISBN 0385484372 (1st)
ISBN 0385484399 (2nd)

The Meaning of Star Trek is "an excursion into the myth and marvel of the Star Trek universe."

SummaryEdit

From the back cover
"Where does Star Trek come from? Why is it so popular? How does it go about creating a coherent world? Literary critics may take literature seriously, but they often look down on popular forms such as television shows. I feel differently. I think the meaning of the series can best be captured by looking at how it successfully creates a coherent universe. Like any great work of art or literature, the Star Trek universe has an integrity and a resonance all its own, a completeness unrivaled by any other kind of science fiction, whether movie, television show, or novel. The unique character of the series, taken not as a group of loosely connected stories but as a viable whole, is the subject of this book."
- From the introduction to The Meaning of Star Trek

Star Trek has no equal. Easily the most cerebral show on television, it brought a literary sophistication to the raw material of science fiction and confounded all the formulas of television. By taking classic stories and placing them in strange new contexts, Star Trek became a modern Odyssey in outer space, a set of stories so basic to our culture that they can be told over and over again.

The Meaning of Star Trek captures the essence of this timeless television masterpiece by linking the parallel universes of classical literature and popular culture. Thomas Richards examines its portrayal of contact and conflict with other species and other cultures; its deep explorations of character and identity, and its complex conception of the idea of the individual self; its remarkably rich and varied use of story and myth; and its profound appeal to our shared sense of wonder, a reverence and awe for that which science cannot explain.
Enlightening, provocative, and enormously entertaining, The Meaning of Star Trek is essential reading for even the most casual admirer of the Star Trek universe, as well as a brilliant introduction to the world of literature, myth, and science fiction.

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