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Fighting for the FutureEssays on Star Trek: Discovery$
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Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621761

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.001.0001

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Veins and Muscles of the Universe

Veins and Muscles of the Universe

Posthumanism and Connectivity in Star Trek: Discovery

(p.373) Veins and Muscles of the Universe
Fighting for the Future

Lisa Meinecke


This chapter aims to analyse narratives of non-human and human agency and their embeddedness in the interconnectivity of the mycelial network in Star Trek: Discovery. It argues that the mycelium can be considered rhizomatic in structure, leaning on Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's explorations in their A Thousand Plateaus (2004). Neither Lt. Stamets nor the Tardigrade are able to connect Discovery to the network in innocence. Both trouble the mycelium’s fragile balance. Thus, the framework of the rhizome will be applied to trace transhumanist trauma and resilience in order to contextualise the mycelial network against the foil of the Borg, the other major instance of interconnectedness in the Star Trek universe.

Keywords:   Star Trek, Star Trek Discovery, posthumanism, Rhizome, Transhumanism, Deleuze, Guattari

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