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Star Trek: The Human Frontier Hardcover – January 8, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0415929813 ISBN-10: 0415929814 Edition: 0th
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The Barretts offer a perceptive and thorough reading of the several series and movies, organizing their discussion around the franchise's idea of what it means to be, or not to be, human. -- Rudi Dornemann IainTaxi Review of Books
A book that is a delight to read. If this is what intergenerational authorship can accomplish, we should all start writing with our kids. -- Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
As we stand on the threshold of the age of human cloning, the leading question asked by this engaging book - What is human? - could hardly be more timely. The Barretts offer persuasive answers in their thorough analysis of a media phenomenon that has touched virtually everyone who lives in a technologically advanced society. -- Andrew Ross, New York University
A book that is a delight to read. If this is what intergenerational authorship can accomplish, we should all start writing with our kids. -- Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michèle Barrett is Professor of Modern Literary and Cultural Theory at Queen Mary, University of London. Among her books are Imagination in Theory, The Politics of Truth, and the feminist classic Women's Oppression Today. Duncan Barrett is a student at City of London School.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415929814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415929813
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,478,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Duncan Barrett is a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He grew up in London and studied English at Jesus College, Cambridge. In 2010 he edited the First World War memoirs of pacifist saboteur Ronald Skirth, published as The Reluctant Tommy. He is co-author, with Nuala Calvi, of The Sugar Girls, which was a Sunday Times top-ten bestseller for eight weeks and ranked second in the history bestsellers of 2012. This was followed in 2013 by GI Brides, which also went straight into the UK non-fiction paperback charts, and was a New York Times bestseller in America. His most recent book, Men of Letters: The Post Office Heroes Who Fought the Great War, was published in August 2014, and was nominated for the People's Book Prize.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steve Roby on February 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
An academic critique of the four Star Trek series, this book has three main sections. The first explores the use of the nautical metaphor in Star Trek. The second considers the many ways in which Star Trek has explored the question of what it means to be human. The third part discusses Deep Space Nine and Voyager as post-modern.
Though that may sound a bit dry, the book is well worth reading, and the authors provide a number of insights into Star Trek. Unlike some critics, the Barretts do not overuse academic jargon, nor do they blindly condemn Star Trek as racist, sexist, colonialist, or fascist. Their approach is more nuanced, and the fact that they seem actually to know something about the show may at least partly explain that. When they label the latter Trek series as postmodern, they explain what they mean by modern and postmodern, and why The Next Generation epitomizes the former and Deep Space Nine and Voyager the latter. Although Deep Space Nine seems profoundly and obviously different from The Next Generation while Voyager often feels like a retread of The Next Generation in many ways, the Barretts find a number of areas (including a greater openness toward religion) that the post-Next Generation series share.
Of particular interest to Trek book fans: the Barretts mention some of the Star Trek novels. Diane Carey's nautical obsession is mentioned in the book's "The Starry Sea" chapter, and Peter David's New Frontier character, Burgoyne 172, is mentioned in a discussion of sexual identity and orientation. Star Trek novels are generally overlooked in examinations of the Star Trek phenomenon, which makes these references a welcome change of pace.
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