By Bruce Drushel
From a decidedly inauspicious begin as a low-rated tv sequence within the Nineteen Sixties that was once cancelled after 3 seasons, Star Trek has grown to a multi-billion buck of spin-off sequence, function movies, and item. Fueling the ever-expanding franchise are one of the most rabid and dependable lovers within the universe, identified affectionately as Trekkies. Perhaps no different group so typifies fandom because the committed aficionados of the Star Trek tv sequence, films, novels, comedian books, and conventions. certainly, in lots of respects, Star Trek fanatics created smooth fan tradition and proceed to push its frontiers with tricky fan-generated video productions, digital fan fiction collectives, and a proliferation of tribute websites in cyberspace.
In this anthology, a panel of emerging and demonstrated pop culture students examines the phenomenon of Star Trek fan tradition and its such a lot compelling dimensions. The ebook explores such themes because the impression of the new “rebooting” of the enduring franchise on its fan base; the complex and sometimes contentious courting among Star Trek and its lesbian and homosexual enthusiasts; the variation of Star Trek to different venues, together with stay theatre, social media, and gaming; fan hyperreality, together with parody and non-geek fandom; one iconic actor’s social schedule; and substitute fan reactions to the franchise’s villains. The ensuing assortment is either image and relocating photograph of the practices and attitudes of a fan tradition that's arguably the world’s best-known and so much misunderstood.
Striking a balanced tone, the individuals are severe but respectful, acknowledging the uniquely shut and enduring courting among lovers and the franchise whereas imminent it with acceptable objectivity, distance, and scope. available to numerous audiences—from the newcomer to fan tradition to these already well-read at the subject—this publication may be heralded by means of lovers in addition to critical scholars.