As Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and I talked about Star Trek in the living room of his home, both a sense of excitement and a question were on my mind. I was excited as it was difficult to believe I was sitting in the house of the caretaker of the Star Trek legacy. Like space itself, a fictional universe, such as Star Trek, can seem unreachable. And yet, while speaking with Rod, I felt like I reached out to that universe and this time it reached back. With Star Trek having the impact on my life that it has, talking to Rod about the philosophies of Star Trek, and the legacy left by his father, Gene Roddenberry, was an opportunity to better understand myself and what Rod called the “family” of fans created by Trek and sci-fi kind. This brought me to my question: Why does space create a home for this family?
Before we even knew that the night sky was filled we stars, we were already filling it with stories. Thousands of years ago, ancient civilizations were already creating constellations representing tragic heroes, hunters, animals, and other figures of myth and legend. Some of these constellations remain today, and have shown through history to have a common origin that spread through many cultures such as the Big Dipper and Orion the Hunter.
Humanity continues to use the night sky as a stage for stories; a giant canvas onto which we paint our hopes and dreams and adventures in the form of science fiction and space fantasy. What is it about space that is so alluring?
You may have seen some people dressed up like this at Comicon!
If you see people running around in Chasing Atlantis Tees during the day or later this evening. Be sure to stop by and say hello. We have been doing interviews talking to folks at the convention about SPAAAACE and Science Fiction and in general sharing the #geeklove
I’ve been stationed here back in Vancouver but surfing the Twitterverse keeping up with the #torontocomicon and #comicon traffic. If you’re on twitter, be sure to follow those tags as well as #chasingatlantis to connect with us!
The team is, as of this very moment, about to line up for the Star Trek the Next Generation Reunion Panel! I’m so Jealous! In the meantime I’m watching the show on Netflix #nextbestthing