Thursday, September 8, 2011

Live Long and Prosper, Star Trek!

We celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first airing of the classic Star Trek series (September 8, 1966 NBC) today.

The libraries have always had a huge collection of Star Trek books, whether you're looking for non-fiction books about the various TV and movie incarnations in this series, biographies of the many actors involved in Trek history, or any of the hundreds of novels set in the Star Trek universe.

If it is the latter you are interested in, we've got our extensive Star Trek Reading List booklist -- which chronicles all of the known professionally-published and authorized novels and short story collections from the late 1960s to the present. This list is updated two or three times per year, and is hotlinked into the libraries' online catalog, so that readers can check on the availability of the titles that are locally owned.

Several of the Star Trek books (both fiction and non-fiction) have been reviewed on the Staff Recommendations pages of BookGuide over the past few years -- you can scope out some of those reviews on the Staff Recommendations Index (by reviewer); the main Trekker there is Scott C.

And don't forget, the libraries own DVD boxed sets for all five generations of Star Trek television series -- Classic Trek, Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise -- all that is missing the Animated series. You'll find hotlinks to all of those in our TV Tie-Ins booklist (scroll down to the Star Trek section).

To wrap up this blog entry, here are five Star Trek quotes associated with the Classic Trek series - the Kirk, Spock, McCoy era. Can you identify the episode or movie they come from?

1. "I didn't mean to say that the Enterprise should be hauling garbage. I meant to say that it should be hauled away AS garbage!"

2. "You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true."

3. "Brain! Brain! What is Brain?"

4. "I have been, and always shall be, your friend."

5. "I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space."

May you Live Long and Prosper! And remember..."Dammit, Jim. I'm a librarian, not a webmaster!" /sdc

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