Sci-Friday #132 – The Day We Lost Star Trek

Wanna feel old? 1991 was 30 years ago. For this Sci-Friday, we take an interesting slice-of-life look at the day in 1991 when we lost scifi pioneer and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. History shows that it was the right decision. In a world where people go out of their way to ‘make a statement,’ Roddenberry just was. He described a world where acceptance just *is*. Nichols said that Roddenberry believed in that world. Let’s not focus on the past, he seemed to say. Let’s move forward together. That’s why Star Trek:TOS is such an important show, even now.

Sci-fi creators like Gene Roddenberry and Rod Serling as well. ‘Superman,’ ‘Star Trek,’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ dealt with anti-facist, anti-racial themes in their time. Rather than taking the issue head on, which would have resulted in failure, they spoke directly to people they knew would listen: The kids. October 27th, 1991 was the day we lost Star Trek because we lost a great man that day. However, Gene Roddenberry’s legacy lives on and we’re in the unique position to write new chapters.

I hope you enjoy this Sci-Friday and dive down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Have a great weekend!