The Literary Galaxy of Star Trek by James F. Broderick
Cover Concept by Lorenzo Princi, 5 January 2012

The Literary Galaxy of Star Trek

Author: James F. Broderick

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi

The writer, more than well versed in classical literature as well as popular fiction (written or otherwise) seeks parrallels and patterns between the sci-fi universe and that of the literary past. Characters, themes, plots and ideas are discuss with detail and an excellent balance and contrast.

Comparisons to Shakespeare, Dante and Melville provide evidence that Star Trek, though primarily fast paced action adventure entertainment has carefully and thoughtfully laid a foundation for itself with clever writing that allows it to exsist beyond otherwise dated special effects.

The author prudendly explains any of his theories without opting for the pre-requiste or assumed knowledge of his readers which makes the book much more accessible to a wider auidence in an already niche market. Couple this approach with his witty style and you have an alround enjoyable read.

I found myself not only learning about Star Trek's literary influences but the influences themselves. By comparing characters (ie. Data and Pinocchio) we get a better understanding of the two and a new appreciation for both. However, it is the less obvious comparisons, such as that between the Borg and literary vampires where the most interesting reading is absorbed and definetly makes the book come into its own.