I love Star Trek. At 16 years old, I used to go to sleep at night and wish with all my might that I would wake up the next morning on the Enterprise. Then I would wake up the next day in my room and feel sad. True story. No hyperbole. Don’t laugh.
It began with watching re-runs on TV as a kid in the 80s when I wanted my own pet tribble and was terrified of that acid spewing scab monster that burrowed through solid rock. I really got into it, though, when The Next Generation came out during what most people call the “formative” years. Week after week throughout middle school and high school, I watched Start Trek TNG, and through it I got a better education than my standard schooling could ever provide.
I read drab textbooks in school about science, history, literature, and mathematics and then went home, watched a Star Trek episode, and suddenly everything came alive. Anthropology, government, politics, genetics, and all of such intellectually stimulating content were wrapped up in an elegant package of a captivating narrative. It was like going through Star Fleet Academy as a cadet, absorbing the case files of the heros I would aspire to become one day. So many times I found myself learning a concept or idea that had never crossed my mind before. All the time I felt like I was learning from the experiences, strengths, and weaknesses of each character as they struggled with new and intense challenges. Through Star Trek, I learned the power of story telling to educate and inspire.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed the new Star Trek movie. Somehow they found the perfect balance between pleasing the hardcore fans while introducing Star Trek to a new generation and to non-Trekkies. I’m hoping the ending of this film is indication that there’s plenty more where that came from.
I do have my own science fiction novel entitled NIN that has been in the works for a while now. It’s about a young girl who is the first from her region to get into the highly competitive NIN Academy located on the moon. Currently, I am focusing on finishing The Return to Phoenix Mountain and Cowboy Ninja and the Chinese Princess first. Then I may take a break from these two to write NIN. Wish me luck!