I’m posting this video montage from YouTube because I think it highlights one of the most important qualities that defines Star Trek as a concept: an unwavering belief in humanism as the path to a better future for all human beings.

In light of all the recent wild speculation over who will direct the next Star Trek feature film, or what the concept for a future Star Trek television series might be, I would urge all fans of Gene Roddenberry’s signature creation to take a moment to watch this video and reflect on what has made Star Trek not just great and meaningful, but also substantially different than the vast majority of the other major science-fiction film and TV series of the past few decades.

Star Trek, at its core, has never been about just one man, or one crew, or one ship. Where so many other films and television series seem to be predicated on the “great man” theory of history, in which we all wait breathlessly for some “chosen one” to deliver us from evil or calamity, Star Trek has always been about teamwork. Friendship. Cooperation. Peaceful coexistence. The power of ideas being greater than the force of arms. It’s about hope — not for deliverance from without, but for salvation earned through acts of compassion and courage.

At a time when Gene’s noble vision seems farther out of reach than ever, let us look back, remember, and then try to go forward with an eye toward keeping this dream alive for future generations.

 

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Foul-Deeds-Will-Rise-cover-Star-Trek-David-Mack-Greg-CoxPop-culture blogger Paul Semel digs into the art and business of media tie-in novels in this tag-team Q&A he conducted with me and fellow New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox.

We talked a bit about our most recent Star Trek novels (for Greg, the movie-era original-series tale Foul Deeds Will Rise; for me, Section 31: Disavowed), whether the job gets easier over time, and other aspects of writing for one of science fiction’s most venerable shared universes.

Read the interview here.

 

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Last week, I chatted with Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing of Trek.fm podcast Literary Treks about my latest Star Trek novel, Disavowed. Today that podcast went live, and is available to subscribers via iTunes or to anyone who wants to listen online here.

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Here is their concise rundown of the show’s contents, for those who might want to skip to a particular segment:

News
Judge a Book By Its Cover: The Collectors (00:02:53)
Blurb revealed for Kirsten Beyer’s Atonement (00:07:07)
John Byrne bringing the Borg to TOS in New Visions (00:10:09)
Review: The Q Gambit, Part 4 (00:16:11)
 
Feature: Section 31: Disavowed
Designing the Cover (00:32:01)
Crafting Disavowed and the Life of Bashir (00:40:03)
Researching and Remembering the Past (00:50:17)
Working in the Mirror Universe (00:57:16)
Charting Bashir’s Future (01:09:28)
Influencing the Spy Game (01:20:12)
Section 31 Didn’t Know WHAT?! (01:23:34)
Principles Betrayed and a More Interesting Conflict (01:29:59)
What’s Next for David? (01:36:59)
Closing (01:43:32)

As always, there’s fun behind-the-scenes bits to be gleaned from this candid chat, so check it out.

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