“Hailing frequencies open”

Communication in Star Trek: The Next Generation

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About the Book

Star Trek: The Next Generation blended speculative science fiction and space opera in its portrayal of communication. Multiple different modes of communication used by and between characters are presented in the show, and the multilevel tapestry of communication contexts in the series is critical in its appeal to viewers.
This book proposes that these patterns of communication reveal a foundational philosophy of Star Trek that informs the series as a whole while also enticing millions of viewers. These patterns serve as models for the viewer, which both causes stronger empathetic connections with characters and impels viewers to form parasocial relationships with the show, explaining their extreme devotion.

About the Author(s)

Thomas D. Parham, III is executive director of screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles County and a Writers Guild of America member with produced television credits.

Bibliographic Details

Thomas D. Parham, III. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: biography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7668-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3657-3
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy