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Star trek : parallel narratives
Gregory, Chris, 1955-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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viii, 225 pages ; 22 cm


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In Star Trek Chris Gregory analyses the reasons for the continuing success of the Star Trek phenomenon, traces its overall development and comments on how the differences between 1990s and 1960s series reflect changes in the mass media environment during this period. He examines Star Trek as a series of generic and mythological texts, compares TV and filmed versions, explores its 'cult' appeal and looks in detail at its psychological, social and political themes.

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Chris Gregory teaches courses in film and media studies for the University of Lancaster.

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Gregory (Lancaster Univ., UK) carefully examines the original Star Trek and its spin-offs--Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, and films. He first explores the narrative forms and conventions of the TV series; contrasts the media of the 1960s and the '80s and '90s; and follows the development of the story line on TV and in films. He goes on to consider the ritualistic role of "cult" television and demonstrates fascinating methods by which Star Trek can be considered a modern "myth text." Finally, he investigates the political, psychological, and social impact in Star Trek's storytelling. Although he brings a wealth of details from Carl Jung, Marshall McLuhan, Joseph Campbell, and many more authorities, Gregory carefully folds his scholarship into a readable text. He not only thoroughly examines the Star Trek phenomenon and its analysts--such as Henry Jenkins (in Textual Poachers, CH, Mar'93) and Jenkins and John Tulloch (in Science Fiction Audiences: Watching Doctor Who and Star Trek, 1995)--but he also sketches the impact of science fiction on Western culture in the 20th century. An appendix lists Star Trek episodes and films. Recommended for all academic and professional collections. R. Blackwood; City Colleges of Chicago