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In this anthology, a panel of rising and established popular culture scholars examines the phenomenon of Star Trek fan culture and its most compelling dimensions. The book explores such topics as the impact of the recent “rebooting” of the iconic franchise on its fan base; the complicated and often contentious relationship between Star Trek and its lesbian and gay fans; the adaptation of Star Trek to other venues, including live theatre, social media, and gaming; fan hyperreality, including parody and non-geek fandom; one iconic actor’s social agenda; and alternative fan reactions to the franchise’s villains. The resulting collection is both snapshot and moving picture of the practices and attitudes of a fan culture that is arguably the world’s best-known and most misunderstood.
Striking a balanced tone, the contributors are critical yet respectful, acknowledging the uniquely close and enduring relationship between fans and the franchise while approaching it with appropriate objectivity, distance, and scope. Accessible to a variety of audiences—from the newcomer to fan culture to those already well-read on the subject—this book will be heralded by fans as well as serious scholars.
Introduction: The Exemplar of Fan Culture? by Bruce E. Drushel
Live Long and Prosper: How Fans Made Star Trek a Cultural Phenomenon, by Elizabeth Thomas
Not Your Daddy’s Star Trek: Rebooting a Franchise and Rewriting a Fandom, by Catherine Coker
A Utopia Denied: Star Trek and its Queer Fans, by Bruce E. Drushel
Trek in the Park: Live Performance and Star Trek Fan Culture, by Michael Boynton
Assimilate This! Computer-Mediated Communication and Star Trek Fan Culture, by Kimberly L. Kulovitz
Lost in Orbit: Satellite Star Trek Fans, by Bianca Spriggs
Star Trek Fans as Parody: Fans Mocking Other Fans, by Paul Booth
Lieutenant Sulu’s Facebook: ‘Professor’ Takei and the Social Networking Classroom, by Nathan Thompson and Kenneth Huynh
The Borg: Fan Pariah or Cultural Pillar? by Charles Evans Jones, Jr.
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