Where Science Fiction Became Science Fact


    With the 50th anniversary of Star Trek – a series I grew up with – I was moved to briefly express what the show meant to me as a boy living at the advent of man’s first steps into space.

    Think about it. 1961 saw Yuri Gagarin venture into space. The Apollo missions followed hot on his heels. A world still recovering from the effects of an international conflict that affected the lives of millions was looking to the future with a keen hope of something better. And perhaps, nowhere was that reflected more than in the popular TV programs of the time.

    As a child in the UK, we had Gerry Anderson, a guy with brilliant ideas about what the future might hold. I was enthralled by such things as Supercar, Fireball XL5, and Stingray.

    But when Star Trek came out – wow! What a difference. A ‘real live’ show with actual people and aliens and futuristic gadgets that so often gave us a glimpse into the science fact of tomorrow, as it addressed the ideals of exploration and discovery, and the forging of closer relationships in the face of adversity.

    Well, little did I realize the lifelong friendship that would develop from the moment Captain Kirk uttered the immortal lines, “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise…”

    And it’s been a friendship I’ve been happy to continue through the decades as each spin-off series emerged and attached itself to my heart. I know I’m not the only one who is as thoroughly enthralled today – as I was when younger – by the adventures of those who boldly went where mankind hopes to be at sometime in the future.

    And what about those gadgets I mentioned earlier? Tricorders, swishing doors, handheld communication devices capable of spanning the world, hypo sprays and bio-beds. Yes, I’m one of the few who can say that, in my lifetime, science fiction became science fact.

    If only I could have lived a couple of hundred years from now. I’m sure I’d be thinking…how did Gene Roddenberry know?


    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.