Gene Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an extraordinary screenwriter and producer. Best know for his creation of Star Trek, he has had a great influence on modern day pop-culture and has spawned a whole universe full of followers (or Trekkies). His influence on Sci-Fi cannot really be measured, but he will go down in History as the creator of one of the most successful franchises in history – he also goes down in history as one of the first people to be ‘buried’ in space.In September 1966 a new series debuted on American TV. Soon to be billed ‘The Original Series’ or ‘TOS’ the shows featured a five year mission of a starship. The Enterprise would become one of the most well known names in sci-fi history.The award winning show featured a stellar cast; not only that, it bordered on controversial because of the diversity of races and color, and the inclusion of a female in a command position.Star Trek never strayed from important political issues; constantly courting controversy it produced several amazing episodes that presented unique arguments relating to many modern day problems. In one famous episode, where half an alien race was black on… Read full this story
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