In celebration of all things Star Trek, including the Discovery series launch in September, we asked some of our Simon & Schuster authors if they had any Star Trek memories they'd care to share with our followers. After recieving an outpour of hearfelt submissions, we have picked the best to pass along to you. Here's one from Chris Belden.
I was six years old when “Star Trek” premiered on NBC, where it ran for three seasons. I wasn’t a fan at the time, but my older brother watched the show on our second (smaller) TV while my dad and I watched “Judd for the Defense” on the big TV.
My dad was a trial lawyer, and we both loved courtroom dramas. I still love courtroom dramas, but I also love “Star Trek,” which I discovered later when it played in syndication. Whereas more “realistic” TV shows (like “Judd for the Defense”) feature one layer of meaning (Judd’s client is innocent; how will Judd prove it?) “Star Trek,” like all the best Sci-Fi, works on multiple levels: human vs. Klingon, man vs. his inner demons, etc. Mr. Spock, half human and half Vulcan, is the embodiment of humankind’s struggle with itself: brain vs. heart, logic vs. emotion, objectivity vs. subjectivity. I didn’t realize it until much later, but “Star Trek” offered a great lesson for storytellers: the best stories resonate beyond their literal meaning.
Chris Belden is the author of Shriver.