With the 50th anniversary year beginning to wind-down, we thought it might be kind of fun to ask some of our authors here at Simon & Schuster if they had any brief Star Trek memories they'd care to share with our followers. We expected a few passing responses here and there that would simply acknowledged the series or, at most, critique the latest films. What we did not expect was an outpouring of nostalgic, heart-warming submissions from authors portraying Star Trek as a childhood infatuation. Here's one from Crystal King.
When I was a child, growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, Star Trek was in heavy syndication. My father loved the show and we always watched it together, no matter how many times the episode had run before. We'd sit on the faded yellow flower couch, or sprawl out on the orange rug of the living room and watch it after dinner, every weeknight during the most formative years of my childhood. I think that over the course of the last 40+ years I've seen the entire catalog of the original shows forty or fifty times. The stories were fantastical, colorful, and wrought with difficult choices and deep emotion.
Star Trek made us think about what makes us truly human. And along the way, it paved the way for our entire culture to think differently, about gender, about race, about science, and about the idea of story and entertainment. I write historical fiction these days but Star Trek was a major influence on me as a creator and a writer. I have a deep love of science fiction and fantasy that was certainly born from watching the series. It showed me that storytelling could not only entertain but change opinions and fuel innovation. I've been hooked ever since, watching every one of the series in the franchise, plus the movies and the cartoons. For me, it is an endless rush to be on the ride to go boldly where no one has ever gone before.
Crystal King is the author of Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome