Star Trek and the British Age of Sail

The Maritime Influence Throughout the Series and Films

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WINTER 2018-2019

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About the Book

Clear all moorings, one-half impulse power and set course for a mare incognitum. A popular culture artifact of the New Frontier/Space Race era, Star Trek is often mistakenly viewed as a Space Western. However, the Western format is not what governs the worldbuilding of Star Trek, which was, after all, also pitched as “Hornblower in space.” Star Trek is modeled on the world of the “British Golden Age of Sail” as it is commonly found in the genre of sea fiction. This book re-historicizes and remaps the origins of the franchise and subsequently the entirety of its fictional world—the Star Trek continuum—on an as yet uncharted transatlantic bearing.

About the Author(s)

Stefan Rabitsch is an assistant professor in American Studies at the University of Graz and teaches courses in American cultural history at the University of Klagenfurt. His research and teaching are dominated by American cultural studies, especially cultural history, together with a pronounced focus on science fiction studies across media. He lives in Graz, Austria.

Bibliographic Details

Stefan Rabitsch
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6463-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3419-7
Imprint: McFarland