And for Something Entirely Different...
Lance Mannion has a great post on the Star Trek universe, and why we love/d it, despite its obvious flaws.
I'm teaching SF this summer, charging ahead and teaching it as literature, which seems to shock my students, who aren't used to genre fiction -- stuff they enjoy reading -- being taken seriously. They aren't used to a professor knowing a lot about pop culture either. None of them know much about Star Trek. But this doesn't mean anything, as I discovered when we were reading a Connie Willis story last week--
( here http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0501/justliketheones.shtml)
none of them know who Alec Guinness is either. Or Richard Burton. Or Peter O'Toole.
And no, I'm not kidding.
Culture? What culture?