Saturday, August 06, 2005

Star Trek World

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

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?

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