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Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery

Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala


The first two seasons of the television series Star Trek: Discovery, the newest instalment in the long-running and influential Star Trek franchise, received media and academic attention from the moment they arrived on screen. Discovery makes several key changes to Star Trek’s well-known narrative formulae, particularly the use of more serialized storytelling, appealing to audiences’ changed viewing habits in the streaming age – and yet the storylines, in their topical nature and the broad range of socio-political issues they engage with, continue in the political vein of the franchise’s megate ... More

Keywords: Star Trek, Star Trek Discovery, science fiction, television, serialized storytelling, cultural studies, literary studies, media studies, fandom studies, history, political science

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789621761
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabrina Mittermeier, editor

Mareike Spychala, editor

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Front Matter


Sherryl Vint

Introduction ‘We Get to Reach for the Stars’

Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala

‘Boldly Going Where No Series Has Gone Before?’ – Discovery’s Role Within the Franchise and Its Discontents

Looking in the Mirror

Andrea Whitacre

These are the Voyages?

Michael G. Robinson

‘Just as Repetition Reinforces Repetition, Change Begets Change’ – Modes of Storytelling in Canon and Fanon

To Boldly Discuss

Kerstin-Anja Münderlein

‘Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations?’ – Negotiating Otherness in Star Trek: Discovery: Afrofuturism, Imperialism, and Intersectionality

The Cotton-Gin Effect

Whit Frazier Peterson

The American Hello

Henrik Schillinger and Arne Sönnichsen

‘Into A Mirror Darkly’

Judith Rauscher

Interrogating Gender

Star Trek Discovers Women

Amy C. Chambers

Not Your Daddy’s Star Trek

Mareike Spychala

‘We Choose Our Own Pain. Mine Helps Me Remember’

Sabrina Mittermeier and Jennifer Volkmer

Queering Star Trek

‘Never Hide Who You Are’

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Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala