Science Fiction Film and Television

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 3, 2016

'A Friendship That Will Define You Both': Star Trek and the Devolution of American Masculinity
Leonard Nimoy's cameo in the rebooted Star Trek (Abrams US 2009) was a nice moment of 'torch passing' from one generation of Star Trek actors to the new cast. In the scene, the new, younger Spock (Zachary Quinto) is angry and frustrated at his counterpart...
A Generic Correspondence: Sturgeon-Roddenberry Letters on Sf, Sex, Sales and Star Trek
Filed away in the Theodore Sturgeon Collection at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library of Kansas University are three pieces of correspondence from 1966 between Theodore Sturgeon, the renowned sf short-story writer and novelist, and Gene Roddenberry,...
'And Yet, Everything We Do Is Usually Based on the English': Sailing the Mare Incognitum of Star Trek's Transatlantic Double Consciousness with Horatio Hornblower
What is Star Trek really?Answers to this question are by no means in short supply. Inarguably one of the most iconic and widely known sf universes in popular culture, it is often described as the hopeful and positivistic 'vision' of its principal creator...
Introduction: Star Trek at 50, or, Star Trek beyond Star Trek
Star Trek Beyond (Lin US 2016) features (yet again) the apparent destruction of the USS Enterprise, this time at the hands of a swarm of tiny insect-like metallic drones ploughing through its hull. It is a familiar scene. The Enterprise is beaten within...
'It's Just Us Now': Nostalgia and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Certainly Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Abrams US 2015) appears simply to wallow in nostalgia, to merely mimic Star Wars (Lucas US 1977, later re-christened Episode IV: A New Hope). We find in it another desert planet; another force-using,...
Necromedia
Marcel O'Gorman, Necromedia. Minneapolis: Minnesota UP, 2015. 256pp. US$25.00 (pbk).Marcel O'Gorman's Necromedia is an ambitious, important and timely contribution to the fields of media theory, philosophy, technoculture studies and art history. As the...
Star Trek, Global Capitalism and Immaterial Labour
'To boldly go where no man has gone before'. Few phrases sum up more blatantly the triumphalist mind-set of 1960s American capitalism. Simultaneously appropriating and rewriting five centuries of colonialism, the Star Trek imaginary (US 1966-) is structured...
Steven Universe
Steven Universe (Rebecca Sugar US 2013-). Cartoon Network 2013-. Distributed by Hulu.You know a cartoon show aimed at kids has become a crossover hit when, one season into its airing, adult fans had already dubbed its backstory 'lore'. Such is the case...
The Inertia of Tradition in Star Trek: Case Studies in Neglected Corners of the 'Canon'
IntroductionThe concept of 'canon' has become increasingly central to popular discussions of major entertainment franchises. A number of trends have converged to produce this result, among them: the recent popularity of entertainment franchises based...
The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics
Ramzi Fawaz, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. New York: New York UP, 2016. 368pp. US$29 00 (pbk).The New Mutants is a fantastic, ambitious volume that makes far-reaching connections between the evolution of...
To Boldly Grow Up: Navigating Female Adolescence in Star Trek and Lost in Space
Growing up, the saying goes, is hard to do. Hentges describes the 'adolescent abyss' as 'a contradictory and demanding space' (179). Similarly, Scheiner asserts that adolescence is a period of development that is particularly confusing and challenging...
Transmedia Space Battles: Reference Materials and Miniatures Wargames in 1970s Star Trek Fandom
In their pioneering account of the role of Star Trek (US 1966-) in the evolution of real-world digital technologies such as the CD-ROM, Janet Murray and Henry Jenkins argue that the computer's promise as a medium for 'expressive narrative art' was strongly...
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