Thursday, July 28, 2011

1978 Article: The Technology Of Trek

This time, I'm bringing you more material from Issue #3 of the awesome Science Fantasy Film Classics magazine, published July 1978. You can view the cover here, and earlier content I've posted from this issue here, as well as here. And there will be more to come in future posts, you can be sure. This time the article focuses on the wonderfully thought-out technology that set the show apart from all other TV sci-fi, and was years ahead of its time. It was the technological trappings that made the setting so believable. The article looks at the technology on the show and where things were at the time, and postulates which items could be created and how long in the future it might be. With the exception of the transporter, which was more of a time-and-budget-saving device than a real possibility, many of the ideas are much closer to reality now, and some have been realized. The furthest away from being possible any time soon is warp drive, being only a theory.
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Bonus: a full-page photo of Bill Shatner from one of the TV-movie magazine articles published in September of 1967, during the show's original run.


Anonymous said...

I remember this issue in 1978 and still have it. As a kid, I was impressined by the prop pictures on the first page --we fans usually had grainy stills from the paperbacks or lithographs. Also, the first page of the interview has the prediction that small personal communicators would use satellites to replace home phones. I think our mobile phones today have better apps than even Scotty could slap together.

Frederick said...

Yeah, and it's wild to find out that those props were fan-made, not originals! Incredible work.

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Unknown said...

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