For over 50 years, Star Trek has aimed to go where no franchise has gone before, with perhaps the only exception being the original Star Wars and its subsequent spin-offs. Since its broadcast in 1966, it has been one of the most popular television series of all time, not to mention the games, fan fiction organizations and conventions.
Although the 2009 reboot film sparked renewed interest in Star Trek and spawned a new generation of fans, there are still those who like its specific roles. In the mid-1970s, Brandt Heatherington first discovered the original “Star Trek” series on television. Mr. Spock’s iconic words, “Live long and prosper,” helped him with his love for the show and its characters.
In particular, the series, known in Japan as “Sutātorekku” (スタートレック) had a strong influence on his love of the original series. While the world of the Japanese “Star Trek” fandom is not as active as its US counterpart, the “Trekkies” still lurk in the shadows.
As lifelong fans, women have been heavily represented in science fiction for decades, and women’s participation in the fandom has increased in recent years. Fanfic is dominated by female fans, and the data show a correlation between age and gender, which supports the idea that more women have become Trek fans since the latest film was released in 2009.
Star Trek fans come from a wide range of age groups and are just as educated and educated as their male counterparts. The fandom phenomenon stems from the original Star Trek series and subsequent movies, but women have been the true driving force behind the Trek fandom for decades, with the exception of Shirley Majewski, whose original letter campaign saved the original series (as she is affectionately called “godmother of all fandoms”).
Star Trek is therefore indeed a powerful myth that serves as a basis for the formation of a fan culture and as such legitimizes the participation of fans in numerous activities. This myth is one of the most important factors in the creation of a modern progressive culture and Star Enterprise represents this modern progressive myth.
Since its television debut in 1966, Star Trek has surpassed all other television series in terms of popularity and popularity in the United States and around the world. For many, it is one of the most popular television series of all time and a long tradition, with now more than 1 billion Star Enterprise fans around the world and many more in many other countries and regions.
The years have passed and there was no shortage of Vulcan ears to wear, from the original Star Trek characters to the new ones to the old ones.
Heatherington does not believe in the stereotypical Trekkie, as he is the one who works for an organisation that supports over 4,000 fans and has never met one who asks: “What is a Trekkie? In 2010, Chris Frazetti, a professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Public Health, provided an online survey about Star Trek fandom. After receiving 5,041 individual responses, he found that 43% of fans referred to themselves as “Trekkies” – a term invented by Gene Rodenberry himself, not as a Trekker – and 57% of those fans were female.
It is hard to imagine where fan culture would be without women, who mostly write Star Trek fanzines, create fan art and even give us the term “slash fiction.” If women were early Trek fans, there would have been no need for a fandom to criticise the show we love and the female characters it criticises. The fact that this fan culture has created a template for other fan cultures to follow is itself a motivation for us to be Trekkies.
Walking across the floor of the Star Trek Museum at Union Square in New York City, I see that the tradition of active female Trek fans is alive.
I forgot that the panel was a reunion of the panelists returning from Star Trek: The next generation with Asia Demarcos as Lt. I was lucky enough to get in, and I’m glad I did, because it was the first time in my life that I was on a panel with a female Trek fan.
It was noted that Wesley Crusher was not a popular character in Star Trek for many years, but in 2018 CBR Data ranked among the top 10 most popular characters in the history of Trek. He first appeared in the series as a guest star in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and has since appeared in several other shows and fan productions.
Pocket Books was the first publisher to obtain permission from Paramount Pictures to produce original novels based on “Star Trek.” The next phase began in the late 1980s, when Pocket Books published many of the original TNG books as well as for novel adaptations of the films.