Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Everyone is preparing for the release of the new Star Wars movie on December 18. From the previews, it looks great, and I will see it after the crowds thin out.
Regardless of how much I like Star Wars (and I do), I’m a Trekkie (or Trekker, if you prefer) at heart. I remember seeing the Star Trek series during its original run (1966-1969) and loving it all–the vivid bright colors, the interaction between the main characters, the plot lines and the fact that it was science fiction on TV! I also enjoyed the movies starring the original cast.
There are several other Star Trek series, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and even an animated series from the 1970s, but in my opinion, the first series is still the best.
My favorite character by far, out of all the series, is Captain James T. Kirk, of the Starship USS Enterprise, played brilliantly by William Shatner. Captain Kirk was bold, handsome, a born leader, and made quite an impression on me as a child. So, when I discovered the new book The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, by James T. Kirk, of course (but edited by David A. Goodman), I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to read it. It did not disappoint. I loved the first part of the book, describing Kirk’s early life, early career in Starfleet, and his years as the Captain of the USS Enterprise on its five-year mission. After that, to me the book felt rushed, and covered the events in the Star Trek movies, and Kirk’s later life, rather quickly. I still highly recommend the book, whether you read it as an autobiography of a fictional character or as a work of fiction.
If you want to learn more about Star Trek, start with the book Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History, by Robert Greenberger. Published in 2012, it starts with creator Gene Roddenberry’s dream for the show, all the series and movies, and ends with speculation on where Star Trek will go from here. Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future, by Michael Okuda, covers every important event in the series and movies (up through the mid-1990s).
For information on some of the actors and others who made Star Trek famous, the library has several biographies:
- Star Trek Memories, and Get a Life! both by William Shatner and Chris Kreski
- I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy
- Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry by David Alexander
Finally, watch the DVD Star Trek: Captain’s Summit, a fun, lively 70-minute roundtable discussion with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy from the original series and Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek: The Next Generation, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.
Now, where’s the autobiography of Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship USS Enterprise?!?
∼Vicky, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library