- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone Press Chicago (September 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940895420
- ISBN-13: 978-0940895423
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,744,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Double Vision of Star Trek: Half-Humans, Evil Twins, and Science Fiction Hardcover – September 30, 1998
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In a valuable critique of all the Star Trek variants, Hertenstein effectively deals with the many series' problems. He notes, for instance, that when any ST troupe finds itself in trouble (no hope of escape, whole galaxy at stake, etc.), it usually falls back on a technical miracle, and he lists the five ways technical miracles occur. He also explores character flaws and the United Federation of Planets' revered Prime Directive, meant to prevent imperialist meddling in the development or culture of other civilizations. All the denizens of the ST universe, however, constantly break that law. Captain Kirk, to take one flawed character, is constantly "helping" cultures (Hertenstein cites occasions of violation exhaustively). Seems federation interference is paternalistic: it is OK to trash the most important ethical tenet to liberate a people or in self-defense. This excellent overview will probably spark a lot of fan discussion. Should it be the next addition to the Star Trek shelf? Make it so. Jeff Ahrens
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Make no mistake--my own worldview owes a lot to Star Trek, and the crew of the Enterprise helped give me my fascination for things technical. But a consistent, grand vision of the universe it isn't, Roddenberry's grandiose dreams not withstanding. (Read Solow and Justman's book if you don't believe me.)
Anyway, what starts out as a promising effort soon peters out into tepid Christian apologetics and inexplicable reviews of CS Lewis. If you've read other meta-Trek books you've seen the highlights before - save your money for Krauss' work, or the cast biographies instead.