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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Star Trek

ISBN 9780367366674
Published July 21, 2022 by Routledge
512 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Star Trek offers a synoptic overview of Star Trek, its history, its influence, and the scholarly response to the franchise, as well as possibilities for further study. This volume aims to bridge the fields of science fiction and (trans)media studies, bringing together the many ways in which Star Trek franchising, fandom, storytelling, politics, history, and society have been represented. Seeking to propel further scholarly engagement, this Handbook offers new critical insights into the vast range of Star Trek texts, narrative strategies, audience responses, and theoretical themes and issues. This compilation includes both established and emerging scholars to foster a spirit of communal, trans-generational growth in the field and to present diversity to a traditional realm of science fiction studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Open Hailing Frequencies

Part I
Television Series

1 Star Trek: The Original Series

Ina Rae Hark

2 Star Trek: The Animated Series

John Andreas Fuchs

3 Star Trek: The Next Generation

Bowdoin van Riper

4 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Lisa Alexander

5 Star Trek: Voyager

Leimar Garcia-Siino

6 Star Trek: Enterprise

Zaki Hasan

7 Star Trek: Discovery

Sabrina Mittermeier

8 Star Trek: Picard

Justice Hagan

9 Star Trek: Lower Decks

Ramón Valle-Jiménez

Part II


10 Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Kevin Decker

11 Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan

Stefan Rabitsch

12 Star Trek III: Search for Spock

Janet L. McMullen

13 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Una McCormack

14 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Agnieszka Urbańczyk

15 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Torsten Kathke

16 Star Trek Generations

Murray Leeder

17 Star Trek: First Contact

Ina Batzke

18 Star Trek: Insurrection

Igor Carastan

19 Star Trek: Nemesis

Katherine Bishop and Stefan Rabitsch

20 Star Trek

William Proctor

21 Star Trek Into Darkness

Nathan Jones

22 Star Trek Beyond

Peter Goggin

Part III

Transmedia and Franchising

23 Star Trek as Transmedia Storyworld

Dawn Stobbart

24 Star Trek as Franchise

Derek Johnson

25 Novels

Sean Guynes and Gerry Canavan

26 Comics

Gerry Canavan

27 Reference Works and Guides

Ria Narai

28 Games

Stefan Hall

29 Music

Veronika Keller

30 Merchandise

Victoria Godwin

Part IV

Fandom and Paratexts

31 Fandom History

Karen Hellekson

32 Star Trek Fandom around the World

Larisa Mikhaylova

33 Fan Fiction

Katie Heffner

34 Fanvids

Charlotte Stevens

35 Fan Tourism and Conventions

Lincoln Geraghty

36 Fandom and Intellectual Property Rights

Rebecca Tushnet

37 Documentaries

Allison Whitney

38 Parody and Homage

Michael G. Robinson

39 Pornography

Michael Fuchs

40 Star Trek in the Classroom

Elizabeth Baird Hardy

Part V

Social Themes

41 History and Historiography

Martin Gabriel

42 Sex and Romance

Carey Milsap-Spears

43 Environment and Ecology

Ali Sperling

44 War and Conflict

Mareike Spychala

45 Colonialism and Imperialism

E. Leigh McKagen

46 Religion and Spirituality

Douglas Cowan

47 Science and Technology

Amy Chambers and R. Lyle Skains

48 Medicine and Care

Jason T. Eberl

49 Language and Communication

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

Part VI

Social History

50 Race

Harvey Cormier

51 Gender

Danielle Girard

52 Queerness I: Representations of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People

Bruce Drushel

53 Queerness II: Transgender and Nonbinary Representation

Si Sophie Pages Whybrew

54 Disability

Olivia Riley

55 Age and Aging

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

56 Nonhumanoid Alien Life

Will Tattersdill

57 Posthuman Life

Lisa Meinecke

58 Economic Systems

Jonathan Thornton

59 Ethics

Adam Kotsko

60 Utopia

Simon Spiegel

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Leimar Garcia- Siino is an independent scholar. She is the media reviews editor of the SFRA Review and has recently co-edited the special issue Global Utopian Film and TV in the Age of Dystopia for SFFTV with Sean Guynes.

Sabrina Mittermeier is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in British and North American History at the University of Kassel, Germany. She is the author of A Cultural History of the Disneyland Theme Parks: Middle-Class Kingdoms (2021), the editor of Fan Phenomena: Disney (2023), and, with Mareike Spychala, of Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery (2020).

Stefan Rabitsch is an Associate Professor in American Studies with the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo, Norway. A self-declared "Academic Trekkie," he is the author of Star Trek and the British Age of Sail (2019), co-editor of Set Phasers to Teach! Star Trek in Research and Teaching (2018), and co-editor of Fantastic Cities (2022).



"This book is essential. Capturing the whole of one of the largest franchises in popular culture is an almost impossible task and the editors have brought together exactly the right people to lay the foundation for an understanding of Star Trek. The Routledge Handbook of Star Trek is useful both to scholars finding their footing and scholars working on their newest project. But, also, it is an accessible text for fans of the franchise interested in exploring further."

Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, Editor of Star Trek as Myth and Author of Exploring the Next Frontier: Vietnam, NASA, Star Trek and Utopia in 1960s and 1970s Myth and History


"Finally, a Star Trek handbook that is as big—and big-hearted—as the franchise itself! Whether you’re interested in Star Trek as a transmedia phenomenon, cultural touchstone, or IP juggernaut, this anthology has you covered. With essays that are both thought-provoking and clearly written, this anthology is a must have for scholars and fans alike."

Lisa Yaszek, Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech and editor of The Future is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women from The Pulp Era to Ursula K. Le Guin


"Science, society, and media would not be what they are today without Star Trek. This collection recognizes how television’s most inexhaustible franchise has exercised the imaginations of generations of storytellers and critics. Every entry in the Handbook questions Trek’s powerful symbolism while offering vital perspective on its legacy in the real world."

André Carrington, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction