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Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise created in 1966 by Gene Roddenberry. The franchise began with a television show that aired on NBC from 1966 until its cancellation in 1969. From there, it gained a massive cult following, ballooning into a larger pop culture phenomenon, through a variety of outlets including four other live action TV series, an animated series, video games, books, and eleven feature films, with a twelfth in production.


Star Trek: The Original Series

The original Star Trek series, now commonly referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series, takes place in the 23rd century. It follows the adventures of the USS Enterprise, a starship of the United Federation of Planets, on a mission "to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before." Many episodes were allegorical, touching on issues of sexuality, politics, religion and war. Initially, the series did not fare well with ratings and NBC had planned to cancel it during the second season. Two fans from California, Bjo Trimble and her husband John, organized a grass roots letter writing campaign[32] that saved the show for one more season. After the original series went into syndication, the series gained a much larger fan base, leading to the show returning as an animated series[33] in 1973. This first run is also known for launching the careers of actors William Shatner[34], who played Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy[35], who portrayed Spock and George Takei[36], who played Hikaru Sulu.

Spin-offs: The Next Generation and Beyond

There have been 5 spin-off television shows and 11 movies based on the Star Trek series, with a 12th slated for release in May 2013.[37] Though the first of these was Star Trek: The Animated Series (shown below, left) which aired 1973-1974, the most well-known spin-off was Star Trek: The Next Generation (shown below, right), which aired from 1987 to 1994. The Next Generation gained such popularity that it is held on par with The Original Series; its characters are widely known, especially Captain Picard, who was portrayed by Patrick Stewart.

The Next Generation, along with the subsequent spin-offs Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (aired 1993-1999) and Star Trek: Voyager (aired 1995-2001), take place in the 24th century, and continue to develop the Star Trek universe that began in the first series. The final TV spin-off, Star Trek: Enterprise, took a different approach to the previous spin-offs, and was set in the 22nd century, roughly 100 years before The Original Series. It focused on the early history of human space exploration, and ended with the formation of the Federation. The Star Trek film series, with the exceptions of the 2009 film Star Trek and its upcoming sequel, featured the casts of The Original Series (Nos. 1-6) and The Next Generation (Nos. 7-10), and took place in the same timeframe as the TV series. The 2009 and 2013 movies utilize the characters from The Original Series with a new cast in an alternate timeline created by time travel.[38]

Picard Spin-off

On August 4th, 2018, Patrick Stewart, who portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the film Star Trek Generations, as well as various other Star Trek films, announced that he would be reviving the character in a new series. He tweeted, [57] "It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him." Within the tweet, he also included a longer statement about the character. The post (shown below) received more than 42,000 retweets and 158,000 likes in two days.

Patrick Stewart @SirPatStew It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Read my full statement in the photo. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto I will always be very proud to have been a part of St Trek:The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course. It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I'm ready to return to him for the same reason to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more Patrick

That day, the official Star Trek: Discovery twitter account released a video of Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and Sir Patrick Stewart discussing the character. The video (shown below) received more than 2,400 retweets and 7,800 likes in two days.



Star Trek fans were given the nickname "Trekkies"[39] in 1967 after a science fiction magazine editor spotted fans of the show wearing pointed ears to a science fiction convention, emulating members of the Vulcan, Romulan and Mintakan species. The term was embraced by fanzines, which boasted more than 10,000 readers in 1968.[40] In 1969, the first official gathering for Star Trek fans was held at the Newark Public Library in Maryland.[41] After the show gained a larger fanbase due to its syndication, a much larger Star Trek convention was held in New York City in 1972. More than 300 people came the first year, expanding to more than 7000 in 1973.[42] Trekkies are often cited as one of the earliest examples of a fandom.

Trekkie Dating Sites

In April 2004, the dating site company Passions Network launched Trek Passions[20] (shown below, left), the first online dating site specifically tailored for fans of the science fiction series. This free site allows users to add themselves to a group for those who consider themselves in Pon Farr[21], a Vulcan state in which they will die if they do not mate with someone or participate in a ritual battle known as kal-if-fee.[22] The site was included in lists of niche dating sites on Mashable[25] and Lemondrop[26] in 2009. A second site, Star Trek Dating[23] was launched in 2010. Their Facebook page[24] has just over 1000 likes as of October 2012.

Welcome to Trek Passions! Love Long & Prosper A 100% free SciFi personals & social networking community site for science fiction lovers, including but not limited to lovers of Star Trek* and Star Wars. Find others who share your passion for Sci Fi. Meet people who read lsaac Asimov, Ben Bova, Robert A. Heinlein, Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke & more. Grok!? Feel like you are always wearing a red shirt in your relationships? In Pon Farr? Whether you are just looking for like-minded friends, someone fun to attend a Sci Fi convention with, or maybe something more, Trek Passions is here for you. Sign up now to enjoy free Sci Fi chat, message boards and email. And Trek Passions is just one site within Passions Network. Check out this VIDEO on Passions Network! CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW TREKKIE DATING LOVE LONG PROSPER Welcome to a dating community that is light years ahead of others. Find like-minded friends, romance, & convention dates with other Trekkies TODAY! Its Free > Join Now Sign up for FREE and explore thousands of profiles, browse images, send firts, and connect!

In June 2012, a British Star Trek dating site[27] launched, reportedly seeing more than 2 million interactions per day. That October, Trekkie Dating[28] (shown above, right) launched and was featured on Geekologie[29], Forever Geek[30] and The Daily Dot.[31] The Daily Dot reported that Trekkie Dating does not allow members to select Klingon as a spoken language or choose which fictional race from the show with which they would identify.

Captain Picard Day

Captain Picard Day is an annual day of festivity observed by schoolchildren aboard the USS Enterprise-D in honor of the ship's captain and one of the main protagonists, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, on Stardate 47457.1 in the Star Trek universe. The fictional holiday was first introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation's "The Pegasus"[55] (Episode 7, Season 12), originally aired on January 10th, 1994. In the episode, Captain Picard reluctantly attends an array of special events dedicated to his name, including an arts & craft contest at a school where children create various sculptures and drawings bearing his resemblance.

On the Internet, Star Trek fans began celebrating Captain Picard Day on June 16th, 2007, due to the fact that the date corresponds to Stardate 47457.1 on Earth calendar (June 16th, 2370), according to Memory-Alpha Wikia.[54] However, casual celebrations of Captain Picard Day by Star Trek fans may have been observed since as early as June 2004, according to Google Trends.[56]


Outside of its licensed canon productions and spin-off stories, Star Trek is well-known for its expanded universe that consists of a large volume of non-canonical novels, comic books and videogames. The series is also credited with pioneering the literary genre of fan fiction, beginning with the first issue of Star Trek fanzine Spockanalia[49] published in 1967. This fanzine was an anthology of stories, poems, articles, art and letters written by the fans when the series was still in its first season on NBC. Though originally meant as a one-time publication, it ended up publishing five issues from 1967 to 1970 due to the popular demands. Early Star Trek fan works are also credited for creating the Mary Sue character archetype and coining the term "slash"[4], used when a homosexual romantic pairing is featured in the work.


Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, more Star Trek fan fictions continued to emerge through fanzines, largely driven by contributions from female authors who accounted for 90% of the fan-fiction community by 1973.[48] The volume of Star Trek fictions saw a drastic increase in the late 1990s and 2000s with the emergence of online communities dedicated to fan fiction, like, as well as those dedicated to Star Trek. inclduing Star Trek Fan Fiction[51] and Orion Press.[52] Additionally, offline publication projects like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds[53], which ran annually from 1998 to 2007, and zines consistently shared new stories. As of October 2012, Many stories are archived on the Star Trek Expanded Universe wiki[44] and[45]

TAR TREK FAI ECIOD Blog Submissions Login TAR TREK Categories The Original Series The Next Generation Deep Space Nine Voyager Enterprise Latest Stories USS Oregon: Finding a Ring Back with A Vengeance The Calm Before the Storm The Teachings of Surak Shane L. BartellErin Blackwell John H. Burkitt Walter Chmara Stephen D. Greaney A.C. Harper LKillingsworth Anna Perotti Patrick Cumby Saavant Robert Wallace Cory Pelc Miscellaneous Shane L. Bartell A Doctor's Tale, Part 06/16/01 Tags: mccoy Search Blogroll Here is the first part of a two part story I wrote about a young Dr. McCoy shortly after the death of his father, and before the break up of his marriage based upon the episode idea, Joanna by D.C. Fontana. Trek Writer's Guild Search Tags Erin Blackwell 7 of 9 alex garrett all archer b'elanna bashir Mirror Vulcan, Mirror Not 08/13/00 Tags: saavik, spock In the MirrOr, Mirror universe, Saavik becomes a player in Spock's plans to overthrow the Empire. rChakotay data dax ds9 Enterprise guinan jake John H. Burkitt janeway jemison kes kim kira kirk maquis matthewS mccoy 12/03/05 Tags: kirk, scott, spock A lifeless planet around a star about to go nova is covered with mysterious structures that may have been made by sentient life long ago. And one strange energy signature.. Walter Chmara ORION PRESS For Excellence in Star Trek: The Original Series Fan Fiction Orion (Or-rye-en) 1) The Hunter, a constellation lying on the celestial equator between Canis Major and Taurus, containing the bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel and the home star system of the Orion Barrier Alliance 2) any member of a race of humanoid, sentient beings who are characterized by green to white skin, native to some star systems found in the constellation Orion 3) the longest running Classic Star Trek fanzine press in fandom fanzine (fan-zeen) a fan-produced non-profit publication that is written by fans, illustrated by fans, edited by fans, and printed by fans out of their love for the material; often referred to as a zine' (zeen, as in magazine) by those who read them Welcome to the home of one of fandom's last bastions of Classic Trek fandom! Orion Press has served fandom since 1979, and now hosts one of the largest collections of Classic Star Trek farn fiction on the Internet. On this website, you will find a variety of material designed for the discriminating Star Trek fan. All we ask is that you drop us a line, and let us know how we're doing, how we can improve, and what you liked or disliked about the site, the stories, the articles and the like. We want to hear from you! And hey, be sure and check out Project: Potemkin, a fan film series we're setting in the Orion Universe. The first two test vignettes are already up; they're short, they're funny, but they're nothing like the series which we hope to debut with The Void" in the coming months. Eventually, we may turn the completed scripts into short stories on this website, but until then, give 'em a looksie! Lastly, we're in the process of auctioning off Ruth Breisingers personal fanzine collection on eBay Here's an excellent chance to pick up some rare Classic Trek fanzines! Randy Landers editor-in-chief last updated 5/31/2012*indicates updated or new material posted in the past month Orion Press Fan Fiction On-Line Archive5 (almost all of our Classic Star Trek fan fiction published is available on line- click the link above)

In addition to proses and stories, reference materials like instructions have been published by fan artists and writers since 1973, with Franz Joseph's blueprints "Booklet of General Plans – USS Constitution-class for the USS Enterprise". [19]


A Trekkie's Tale (1973)

As a result of gender imbalance within fan-fiction community, many of early Star Trek fanfictions contained heavy elements of romance and erotica that often led to interactions and relationships that were deemed out-of-character. Additionally, many writers would self-project an original character that would appear to be an ideal version of themselves. These deviations from the canon was later observed in Paula Smith's 1973 fan-fiction satire “A Trekkie’s Tale,"[50] in which a young female crew member named Mary Sue gets romantically involved with every canon character, possibly as a result of the author's wish fulfillment. Smith's notion has been since largely embraced by the fan-fiction community and the name "Mary Sue" evolved into a generic term for any fan fiction character that would fit under this archetype.

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Kirk/Spock Slash Fiction

The Star Trek fandom also saw many instances of slash fictions centered around a broromantic or sexual relationship between James T. Kirk and Spock (commonly abbreviated as Kirk/Spock or K/S). This pairing was first introduced in a 1974 story titled "A Fragment Out of Time"[47], which was the first fan fiction story to use a slash to denote the homosexual nature of the relationship as a way to alert readers that it was not a friendship pairing.


There are also many Star Trek crossover fictions involving various characters and plot-lines from other media franchises, including Harry Potter (Its Hour Come Round at Last, Harry Potter and the Return of James T. Kirk, Harry Potter and the Fountain of Possibilities), Dragon Ball (Dragon Ball Z vs. Star Trek: The Beginning of Infinity, Dragon Ball Z vs. Star Trek: The Way of Infinity), High School Musical (A Flight to Remember) and even a four-story crossover series (Team Chipmunk: The Next Generation vs. Star Trek: Omega Force). Many of these stories were penned by William Raynor[46], an active participant in online Star Trek fandom.


Dammit Jim, I'm a Doctor, Not a X!

"Dammit Jim, I'm a Doctor, Not a X!" is a catchphrase template and Star Trek running gag originating in The Original Series. It was frequently spoken by Dr. McCoy when Captain Kirk asked him to perform un-doctorlike tasks. The phrase was picked up on by trekkies, to the extent that it was included in the spin-off TV series. Online, it is frequently used to rebuke strange requests.

Dammit Jim, I'm a Doctor, not a Thumb warmer

Spock is Not Impressed

Spock is Not Impressed is a photoshop meme started by the single topic blog of the same name. It features The Original Series character Spock, portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, with a look of disapproval on his face. He is frequently used to denote the poster's lack of amazement or respect of the situation at hand.

Vulcan Salute / Live Long and Prosper

The Vulcan Salute, formed by raising the hand, palm forward with the fingers parted between the middle and ring finger with the thumb extended, is a hand gesture originating from The Original Series episode "Amok Time," which first aired on September 15th, 1967. Forming the salute serves as an instant recognition of one's devotion to Star Trek. It is usually accompanied by the phrase "Live Long and Prosper." The gesture, along with the slogan, are among the most familiar elements of Star Trek in mainstream culture.[5]

Live long and prosper


KHAN! is a YTMND fad, originating in 2004. The phrase was exclaimed by Admiral (former Captain) Kirk in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, after Khan Noonien Singh (portrayed by Ricardo Montalban) taunts him. Kirk's screaming face appeared across more than 200 YTMND sites between 2004 and 2005.

Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart (shown below, left), was the captain of the USS Enterprise in The Next Generation and four of the feature films. In the early days of the internet, debates between Trekkies about whether he or Kirk was the better captain were frequent. More recently, he has been featured in many image macros, and most notably has spawned the Facepalm and the Annoyed Picard (shown below, right) memes.



Facepalm is a slang term used to describe the act of resting one's face in one's hands, a gesture commonly associated with exasperation. One of the earliest examples of a facepalm in pop culture was captured in a still image of Captain Picard during the The Next Generation season 3 episode "Déjà Q," which originally aired on February 5th, 1980. It remains one of the most widespread reaction images across the internet.

The Next Generation Parodies

Parody videos of The Next Generation have appeared on YouTube since as early as 2006. One of the earliest examples a Picard YouTube Poop Music Video featuring a song by DarkMateria. More than 1100 recut clips of The Next Generation have been uploaded to YouTube as of October 2012.[43]

It's a Fake!

It's a Fake! is a catchphrase first said during the Deep Space Nine episode "In the Pale Moonlight" by a Romulan senator. He proclaims that a data rod presented to him by Captain Sisko has been forged. It initially gained notoriety on Usenet, where it was used in a response to Star Trek related posts, but later went on be included in YTMND sites, Something Awful photoshop contets and video mashups.

Need Moar Lens Flare

Need Moar Lens Flare is a common response to the perceived overuse of the lens flare effect in modern sci-fi cinema, specifically found in the 2009 film Star Trek. After the release of the film, the amount of lens flare used was ridiculed, and it quickly became a Photoshop meme, commonly used to facetiously "liven up" otherwise dull scenes.

Search Interest

Search interest has remained relatively consistent, showing a large peak in 2009, around the release of the most recent film, Star Trek.


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[2] TV TropesStar Trek

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[5] Wikipedia – Vulcan salute

[6] Wikipedia – Star Trek fan productions

[7] Star Trek Expanded Universe – Fan Fiction Short Stories

[8] Star Trek Expanded Universe – Fan Fiction

[9] Star Trek Expanded Universe – Crossover Fan Fiction

[10] Star Trek Expanded Universe – Fan Fiction timeline

[13] Fanfiction – Star Trek / Deep Space Nine

[14] Fanfiction – Star Trek / Enterprise

[15] Fanfiction – Star Trek / Others

[16] Fanfiction – Star Trek / The Next Generation

[17] Fanfiction – Star Trek / The Original Series

[18] Fanfiction – Star Trek / Voyager

[19] Memory Alpha 0 – Fanfiction

[20] Trek Passions – Home

[21] Trek Passions – In Pon Farr group

[22] Wikipedia – Pon farr

[23] Star Trek Dating – Set Phasers to Stunning

[24] Facebook – Star Trek Dating

[25] Mashable – Most Unusual and Unique Online Dating Sites

[26] Lemondrop – The Craziest Online Dating Sites You Never Knew Existed

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[28] Trekkie Dating – Home

[29] Geekologie – Finally, A Questionable Online Dating Site For Trekkies

[30] Forever Geek – Trekkie Dating Will Take Care of Your Social Woes

[31] The Daily Dot – New Trekkie dating site already has plenty of competition

[32] Star Trek – Bjo Trimble: The Woman Who Saved Star Trek – Part 1

[33] Wikipedia – Star Trek: The Animated Series

[34] Wikipedia – William Shatner

[35] Wikipedia – Leonard Nimoy

[36] Wikipedia – George Takei

[37] Wikipedia – Star Trek into Darkness

[38] Wikipedia – Star Trek (film)

[39] Wikipedia – Trekkie

[40] Toledo Blade – August 15th, 1968

[41] Fanlore – Star Trek Con (1969 convention)

[42] Lakeland Ledger – March 11th, 1973

[43] YouTube – Search results for "star trek next generation parody"

[44] Star Trek Expanded Universe Wiki – Home

[45] – Search results for Star Trek

[46] Star Trek Expanded Universe Wiki – William Raymer

[47] Fanlore – A Fragment Out of Time

[48] Google Books – Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth

[49] Fanlore – Spockanalia

[50] TV Tropes – A Trekkie's Tale

[51] Star Trek Fan Fiction – Home

[52] Orion Press – Home

[53] Wikipedia – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

[54] Memory Alpha Wikia – Captain Picard Day

[55] Memory Alpha Wikia – The Pegasus

[56] Google Trends – Search Interest for 'Captain Picard Day'

[57] Twitter – @SirPatStew's Tweet

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