In the tradition of celebrating random anniversaries here at inlostlands, since this is post number 47, I suppose this means we need to have a “serious” discussion about Star Trek.
Star Trek has been a source of inspiration for generations of science-nerds including myself. There is no doubt about its cultural impact. Inventor of the cell phone, Martin Cooper, was inspired by the communicators on Star Trek (so the wikipedia tells me). And I must not have been the only one to be unfazed by the invention of the iPad.
I predict the future will be filled with even more Star Trek inventions: Geordi’s visor to allow the blind to be able to see (or for people who need their entire world to be like surfing the ‘net); medical tricorders that allow anyone to play doctor (in fact someone at my alma mater is already working on it!); food replicators to feed the hungry grad students who don’t know how to cook; and transporters that will instantly take you anywhere in the world, therefore putting the entire airline industry into bankruptcy. Again. As usual. In fact, it would become vintage-chic to take an overseas flight. You’d end up paying even more for your cramped legs, microwavable food (now also considered retro with the invention of the food replicator), and the soothing noise of a child screaming because their ears are popping for the first time.
We owe a lot to Star Trek. So on behalf of girl science geeks everywhere, thank you, Star Trek.*
And also, for your Geekgasm of the Day, Star Trek: TNG is apparently going to be revised in a comic book series by Brannon Braga (taking a page from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, are we?). Could it be potentially good? We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose. In the meantime however, there will always be the TNG season 8 twitter feed.
*Also, thank you, Jonathan Frakes. I know if you could go back in time and insert yourself into the original series with Shatner, you’d do it in a heartbeat. Or would you? It’s because Avery already beat you to it, isn’t it?