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Shapiro, Alan: Star Trek

Alan N. Shapiro

Star Trek. Technologies of Disappearance

372 S., engl., ISBN 978-3-930064-16-8, 30.00 EUR

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Our society dreams of making Star Trek’s technologies real. University scientists, computer technologists and science fiction media fans strive to bring to fruition:

· the transporter with quantum entanglement
· interstellar space travel with faster-than-light speed
· time travel with fabricated wormholes
· the Holodeck as the Holy Grail of virtual reality entrepreneurship
· universal communication with the Klingon Language
· cyborgs and androids with artificial intelligence
· contact with aliens as the future that must take place.

But does Star Trek’s worldview coincide with the unbridled high-tech enthusiasm of recent years? Or is there a tension between the show’s originality and the Borg-like assimilation of its creativity by the Star Trek industry? Focusing on the stories themselves, the author reveals the basic principles behind Star Trek that contest the ideology of mainstream technoscience, consumer culture, and liberal humanism promoted by Paramount Pictures.Bringing together the passion of a true fan and an intellectual reflection on science, technology and media culture, Star Trek: Technologies of Disappearance explains the real reasons for Star Trek’s global mass appeal for the very first time.

Alan N. Shapiro on Deutschlandradio Kultur:  „Ich halte Star Trek für einen großen Text der westlichen Kultur“. Interview vom 10.12.2009

Alan N. Shapiro interviewed by Laura Mitchell on redroom: „The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, it will be led by Radical Software“. Interview vom 26.12.2009

CONTENT:

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Chapter 1. THE FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY

The Menagerie [The Original Series 1]
Shore Leave [The Original Series 1]
[Enter the Holodeck]
Ship in a Bottle [The Next Generation 6]

Chapter 2. THE LAST COMPUTER

A Taste of Armageddon [The Original Series 1]
The Ultimate Computer [The Original Series 2]

Chapter 3. THE TRANSPORTER

The Enemy Within [The Original Series 1]
[How the Transporter „Really Works“]

Chapter 4. SYMBOLIC EXCHANGE

Arena [The Original Series 1]
Darmok [The Next Generation 5]
[The Klingon Language]
Metamorphosis [The Original Series 2]

Chapter 5. TIME TRAVEL

The City on the edge of Forever [The Original Series 1]
[Ellison Challenges Roddenberry]
All Our Yesterdays [The Original Series 3]
Year of Hell [Voyager 4]

Chapter 6. WORMHOLE

Emissary [Deep Space Nine 1]
[The Physics of Wormholes]

Chapter 7. CYBORG SPOCK

This Side of Paradise [The Original Series 1]
[NASA’s Cyborg]
The Devil in the Dark [The Original Series 1]
Amok Time [The Original Series 2]

Chapter 8. ANDROID DATA

Datalore [The Next Generation 1]
[Androis Epistemology]
The Measure of a Man [The Next Generation 2]
The Offspring [The Next Generation 3]

Chapter 9. BECOMING BORG – SEVEN OF NINE

Scorpion [Voyager 3/4]
The Raven [Voyager 4]
Survival Instinct [Voyager 6]

Chapter 10. WARP SPEED

Caretaker [Voyager 1]
[The Physics of Warp Drive]

Chapter 11. THE FOUNDING OF FUTURITY

First Contact [The Movie Series]

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