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Primitive Culture: A Star Trek History and Culture Podcast

May 31, 2018

Starfleet and the US Space Agency.

When The Original Series debuted in 1966, the Apollo program was in full swing, although it wasn’t until after the show’s final episode aired three years later that humans landed on the moon. In the succeeding years, NASA and Star Trek became increasingly interdependent....

May 19, 2018

Shrinking Sci-Fi and DS9’s “One Little Ship.”

Ever since 1957’s black-and-white classic The Incredible Shrinking Man, stories involving size-altering accidents have been a science fiction staple. In 1973, Star Trek: The Animated Series provided its own pint-sized kids’ adventure with “The Terratin...

May 9, 2018

Federation Politics in Star Trek.

The United Federation of Planets is at the heart of Star Trek’s utopian vision of a deeply complex future society, though relatively little interest has been shown in the nuts and bolts of the organization’s democracy and governance. The machinations of the Klingon High Council have...