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“Beam Me Up, Scottie!”: Leitmotifs, Musical Topos, and Ascription in the Sci-Fi Drama

Ron Rodman

in Tuning In: American Narrative Television Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195340242
eISBN:
9780199863778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340242.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter traces how television music imparts meaning from its borrowing of cinematic musical techniques, in particular, cinematic leitmotif. The televisual leitmotif, which often is derived from ... More


Introduction: … And Not Fudging the Issue!

Tom Shippey

in Hard Reading: Learning from Science Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382615
eISBN:
9781786945167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382615.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Following on from the preceding chapter, the question of the relativity of cultural values is seen as animating much of the work of the author Jack Vance. The Prime Directive of the Star Trek series ... More


On Holiday: A History of Vacationing

Orvar Lofgren

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520217676
eISBN:
9780520928992
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217676.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This book takes us on a tour of the Western holiday world and shows how two centuries of “learning to be a tourist” have shaped our own ways of vacationing. We see how fashions in destinations have ... More


Joanna Russ and the New Wave: Experiment and Experience in the World of And Chaos Died

Gwyneth Jones

in Joanna Russ

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042638
eISBN:
9780252051487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042638.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

“Experiment and Experience” covers Joanna’s first years as a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, under the editorship of Judith Merril, and her first post as a university ... More


Class and Community in the Blitz, 1940–1

Geoffrey G. Field

in Blood, Sweat, and Toil: Remaking the British Working Class, 1939-1945

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199604111
eISBN:
9780191731686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604111.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

The chapter discusses German bombing of British cities September 1940 to May 1941. It analyses government plans to protect the civilian population and public responses to the raids ... More


I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

Mark Dery

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677733
eISBN:
9781452948324
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677733.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Exploring the darkest corners of the national psyche and the nethermost regions of the self—the gothic, the grotesque, and the carnivalesque—this book aims to make sense of the cultural dynamics of ... More


The world of enterprise: myths of the global and global myths (Star Trek)

Geraldine Harris

in Beyond Representation: Television Drama and the Politics and Aesthetics of Identity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074585
eISBN:
9781781701010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074585.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter explores various accounts of what the role television is thought to play in the processes of globalisation with particular reference to the issue of ‘cultural imperialism’. It questions ... More


Viewpoint-Over-Histories: Narrative Conservation in Star Trek

David Wittenberg

in Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249961
eISBN:
9780823252503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249961.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 5 begins by discussing philosophical treatments of time travel paradoxes and the tendency of both philosophers and fiction writers, in some cases surprisingly, to opt for the conservation or ... More


Hell Walks and Star Treks

April D. DeConick

in The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231170765
eISBN:
9780231542043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170765.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Elaborate second- and third-century Christian Gnostic movements; Basilidians, Peratics; Ophians; Naassenes; Platonic Sethians; soul-journeys through hell and through the star system as initiatory ... More


Diplomatic Sites: A Critical Enquiry

Iver Neumann

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199327966
eISBN:
9780199388141
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327966.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Increasing globalization and the rise of new powers like India and China is putting conventional Eurocentric forms of diplomacy under pressure. This book investigates the resulting transformations by ... More


Diamonds in the Sky!

Nicholas Mee

in The Cosmic Mystery Tour

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780198831860
eISBN:
9780191869785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831860.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

After consuming their nuclear fuel, most stars lose their outer envelopes and all that remains is the collapsed core of the star, an object known as a white dwarf. Ever since Galileo pointed a ... More


Life, But Not as We Know It!

Nicholas Mee

in The Cosmic Mystery Tour

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780198831860
eISBN:
9780191869785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831860.003.0023
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

One of the biggest open questions is whether life is unique to Earth or whether it exists elsewhere. Science fiction authors have speculated about lifeforms that are very different to the life that ... More


Pioneers in the Attic

Sara M. Patterson

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190933869
eISBN:
9780190933890
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190933869.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religion and Society

This book argues that as the Latter-day Saint community globalized in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, its relationship to space transformed. Initially, nineteenth-century Mormons ... More


‘Damn the photon torpedoes!’ Star Trek and the transfiguration of naval history

Jonathan Rayner

in The Naval War Film: Genre, History and National Cinema

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719070983
eISBN:
9781781701157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719070983.003.0020
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Star Trek's adaptation of naval history and imagery to science fiction can be read in the light of relation to the depiction of scientific and military responses to alien threats. In their deliberate ... More


Moving Images, Moving History: Retroactive Continuity in Television and Film

Andrew J. Friedenthal

in Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496811325
eISBN:
9781496811363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496811325.003.0035
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter shifts the focus from superhero comics to the medium of television, and specifically the kinds of long-form, continuity-rich dramas (such as Star Trek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) that ... More


Alien Others: Race and the Science Fiction Film

Christine Cornea

in Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748624652
eISBN:
9780748671106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624652.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores how issues of race are played out in science fiction films. It also deals with the differences and similarities between the representations of racial issues between ... More


Bopedi

John Laband

in Zulu Warriors: The Battle for the South African Frontier

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780300180312
eISBN:
9780300206197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300180312.003.0003
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

In 1836 an organized migration of 14,000 farmers (or Boers), known as the “Great Trek,” was under way north across the Orange River. As many as 14,000 Emigrant Farmers or Voortrekkers left Cape Town ... More


Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621761
eISBN:
9781800341326
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The first two seasons of the television series Star Trek: Discovery, the newest instalment in the long-running and influential Star Trek franchise, received media and academic attention from the ... More


That Which Survives: Design Networks and Blueprint Culture between Fandom and Franchise

Bob Rehak

in More Than Meets the Eye: Special Effects and the Fantastic Transmedia Franchise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781479813155
eISBN:
9781479897070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479813155.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the creation of Star Trek in the 1960s, tracing its history from preproduction to cancelation and through the subsequent decade, as the series evolved into both a fan phenomenon ... More


The Original Frontier: Gene Roddenberry's Apprenticeship for Star Trek in Have Gun–Will Travel

Paul A. Cantor

in The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813140827
eISBN:
9780813141299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Chapter Two starts from the intriguing fact that Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, wrote 24 episodes of the television Western Have Gun—Will Travel. The chapter analyzes the ways ... More


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