Fifty-three years ago today, Sept. 8th, Star Trek, The Original Series, premiered on TV. To my young eyes, the show did indeed, boldly go where no man or woman had gone before.
The show was cutting edge technology at the time with real life social events written into several episodes. Like the infamous kiss between Kirk and Uhura. For those of you who don’t know, Captain Kirk was white and Lt. Uhura was black and it was in the 60’s. My father wouldn’t let me watch the show for months after that.
Uhura, as played by the legendary Nichelle Nichols, was just about the only woman on a television show who wasn’t a dumb blonde tripping over her own two feet at the first sign of danger. No, she was brave, smart, and sexy as hell, and the male characters on the show respected her. That was the kind of future that I wanted. Thank you, Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek for being bold enough to showcase a woman as both intelligent and brave.
I’ve only written one Sci-fi novel… so far. Attis: A New Beginning was so much fun to write I felt like I was floating in space. 😉 Space is the final frontier.