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Star Trek

On September 8th 1966 Gene Roddenberry launched a television phenomenon that would forever change the face of science fiction. However, it was as early as 1960, that Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science fiction series, which would become Star Trek. Publicly he marketed it as a Western in outer space—a so-called "Wagon Train to the Stars." Privately he modeled after Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, intending each episode to act on two levels: as a suspenseful adventure story and as a morality tale.

Star Trek: The Original Series followed the 23rd-century, interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew of the Federation Starship, Enterprise. The show later spawned the creation of: an animated series, four additional live-action television shows and 11 feature-length films. The adventures of the original characters (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Chekov, Uhura, Scotty, and Sulu) were continued in the animated television series, which ran for only one season in 1973, as well as eight of the 11 Star Trek movies.

Four more television series were produced, based in the same universe but following other characters. 21 years after its first airing of The Original Series, Gene Roddenberry amazed audiences by re-launching the franchise with its most successful series to date: Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show was set a century after the original series and for seven seasons followed the crew of a new Starship, Enterprise-D around our galaxy and others. The crew of Enterprise-D found their way into the next four Star Trek films starting with Star Trek: Generations in which the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation find themselves in the company the original Enterprise characters.

It was during The Next Generation in 1991 that Star Trek lost its fearless creator, Gene Roddenberry. But the power of his creation was evident, and the Star Trek universe still had a lot to give. In 1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began its seven-year life on television, followed shortly by Star Trek: Voyager, which aired first in 1995. The last TV series, Star Trek: Enterprise, set itself in the early days of human interstellar travel, as a prequel to The Original Series a saga that aired first in 2001.

In 2009, 43 years after the first episode aired, new life was again breathed into Star Trek. J.J. Abrams who decided to bring back The Original Series characters in the summer blockbuster, Star Trek, now helms the universe, originally created by Gene Roddenberry.

For more information on Star Trek, visit the official websites at www.startrek.com and www.startrekmovie.com