Star Trek

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Star Trek is an American SF media franchise created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship Enterprise and its crew.

The original television series is set in the Milky Way Galaxy, roughly during the 2260s. The crew is headed by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), science officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and chief medical officer Dr. Leonard McCoy (Deforest Kelley).

The series was produced from 1966–1967 by Desilu Productions and by Paramount Television from 1968–1969. Star Trek aired on NBC from September 8, 1966, after a premiere shown at Tricon, to June 3, 1969. Although this television series had the title Star Trek, it later acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series (initialized as TOS) to distinguish the show within the media franchise that it began.

The show had a major influence on popular culture, and it became a cult classic in syndication during the 1970s. It eventually spawned a franchise that consisted of five additional TV series, 12 theatrical films, and numerous books, games, toys, and other products.

Although the sneak peek at Tricon evoked little comment, the series had a huge impact on fandom, too. Some fanhistorians attribute the increased number of femmefen in the late 1960s and ’70s to the show’s popularity, but fandom itself grew exponentially during that period as well. Whether it was Steam Engine Time or Star Trek, science fiction began to lose some of the stigma it had previously carried in the macrocosm, although some derided goshwow fans of the series as “pointy-eared Trekkies.”

Ultimately, especially after Bjo Trimble’s successful Save Star Trek letter-writing campaign, Star Trek began to inspire its own specialty fanzines and conventions, and thus, Media Fandom was born.

Media Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator

Also involved: Al Schuster's International Star Trek Convention - Alan Dean Foster - Ann C. Crispin - Arkon-Orlando - Ballantine Books - Baycon '90 - Baycon - Beyond Antares - Brian Burley - Charles A. Spano, Jr. - Charles Platt - Chronicles of the King - Con*Cept '92 - Conclave 3 - D. C. Fontana - David Gerrold - Dean Wesley Smith - Deck 6 - Des Moines Con - Diane Duane - Elyse S. Rosenstein - Equicon - Equicon '72 - Equicon '73 - Equicon '75 - Equicon '76 - Equicon '81 - Equicon '85 - Equicon '86 - Equicon '87 - Equicon '88 - FUNcon 1 - Fan Fair I - FenCon VI - Frank Herbert - Fredric Brown - Genny Dazzo - George Clayton Johnson - George Takei - George Zebrowski - Gertrude M. Carr - Gordon Eklund - Inside Star Trek - James Van Hise - Jaunt! - Jean Berman - Jean Lorrah - Jerome Bixby - Jerry Oltion - Joan Verba - John M. Ford - Juanita Coulson - Judith Brownlee - K. W. Jeter - Kevas and Trillium - Lawrence Watt Evans - Lillian Stewart Carl - Lloyd Penney - Lois McMaster Bujold - Lou Anders - Lunacon 10 - Mack Reynolds - Marc Scott Zicree - Masiform D - Medtrek 6 - Minicon 2 - Minicon 4 - Minicon 7 - Minicon 9 - New York Star Trek '76 - Nic Farey - Nichelle Nichols - Pamela Sargent - Pearl Stickler - Peter David - Plak-Tow - Ruth Berman - SF Expo - Scuttlebutt - Shayne McCormack - Slime Devil Songbook - Space-Con Three - Spock - Spockanalia - Star+Borne - Starcon - Stardate

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