Hmm… I wonder what this post will be about?
If you don’t recognize where that tagline comes from I have to ask you a question: Have you been living under a rock for the past 46 years or so? Yes, that’s how long we have had the privilege to be graced by the awesomeness and inspiration that is Star Trek, my favourite television show of all time, some of my favourite movies or all time, some of my favourite books of all time, some of my favourite comic books of all time…I think you get the picture.
I grew up watching Star Trek, as both of my parents were incredibly passionate Trekkies. They are not so much anymore, but they did pass the torch onto me. Much of what I have that is Star Trek was passed down to me from my parents. It is stuff they had collected since before they even met each other. When they first got married they used to collect Star Trek books but by the time I came along – fourth child – they just couldn’t afford it anymore. This is why 90% of my Star Trek stuff comes from the ’80s and earlier, and I love it all.
I own on DVD all three seasons of The Original Series, all seven seasons of The Next Generation, all seven seasons of Deep Space Nine, all seven seasons of Voyager and all ten original Star Trek movies, along with the new one. Want to see for yourself?
If there are any hardcore Trekkies out there, you may be asking yourself: “What about Enterprise?”. Well, in my house, we don’t talk about Star Trek: Enterprise as it is one of the worst television shows I have ever seen, and I don’t even care if it survived four seasons. It was just really bad.
I received all ten Star Trek films on DVD one year for Christmas. My parents told me that they found them ridiculously cheap and they couldn’t believe it because these are all two disc special editions. Must have been releasing the Blu-Rays or something. The 24 seasons of the four TV shows, though, I bought for myself. When I was, oh gosh, 10-11 I got a paper route which I kept for three years. I made $100 a month and I felt so rich getting that cheque each month. I wasn’t content to let it sit in my bank, though. I had a mission to buy all the seasons of Trek. At the time they cost about $70 each (ridiculously expensive, I agree, but they can get away with it because it’s Star Trek and die-hard fans like me will buy them because I’m tired of watching VHS tapes that my Dad used to record the shows on). Every month when I got paid I made a trip to Future Shop and bought one of these seasons. I did that EVERY month until I had them all, and it’s possibly the best money I’ve ever spent as I still re-watch these DVDs all the time.
Many of you may recall my bookshelf from this post: What’s On Your Bookshelf?
If you remember, I said that I have 350 Star Trek novels (some given to me by my parents, some I bought and some I got when they were withdrawn from circulation at the Public Library, where Mom works). What exactly does 350 books look like on a shelf? Look how kind I am to have taken these photos to share with you:
Well, that does look like a LOT but that can’t be 350, can it? No, it can’t. That’s only half of them. Here’s the rest:
To answer the question that is probably on all of your lips, no I have not read them all…yet. I intend to, though. I read about an hour every night before I go to bed so it shouldn’t take me TOO LONG to get through them all.
I also have many other sweet things including actual blue prints of many of the ships from Star Trek, star charts, guides to alien races, encyclopedias, old magazines, Star Fleet Technical and Medical Manuals, pop up books, trading cards, episode guides, comic books, biographies, visual guides, posters, action figures and more. Here are just some of my favourites:
My collection sadly does not yet include a communicator, a phaser or a uniform, but it will someday. I thought I’d leave you now with the prize of my collection. This is a comic I acquired about two years ago and it is the favourite comic book that I own. The reason is that this is the very first Star Trek comic book EVER, printed way back in 1967. My father was barely a year old when this came out. I think it’s awesome. It’s unfortunate that I don’t have a copy in better condition but hey, I’ll take it.
Anyone else out there a Trekkie?
Thanks for reading!
- Holy Spock! The Star Trek Medical Tricorder Is Real (gizmodo.com.au)
- Essential Star Trek Novels That Even Non-Trekkers Should Read (jeredhiggins.wordpress.com)
- Trekker vs Trekkie (smoothreentry.wordpress.com)
- Star Trek: The Original Music for the Original Series (wqxr.org)