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45 years on the final frontier

Forty-five years ago tonight, on September 8, 1966, Star Trek made its television debut.  That’s a big anniversary, though not as big as the one coming up in five years.  I hadn’t even realized it was approaching, though.  I’ve been too preoccupied with writing Star Trek to think about celebrating Star Trek.  Probably the only thing I’ll do to commemorate the anniversary is to get some more work done on Forgotten History (hopefully a lot of work, though I didn’t get enough sleep last night so I’m not sure how much I’ll manage to get done today).

However, I am a participant in Star Trek Magazine‘s 45th-anniversary celebration in a couple of ways.  STM is doing a 2-issue “Ultimate Guide” to all the episodes and films, with an overview of each season (plus the movies as a group) done by a different author.  I’m doing Voyager‘s third season (my favorite year of that show) in the second issue, #37, which should probably be going on sale quite soon.  Also, throughout the year, STM has been doing a series of articles called “Star Trek 45s” which focus on every 45th episode of the franchise in the order they aired.  I did a piece on Voyager: “Concerning Flight,” which I think will be in issue #38, after the Ultimate Guide is done and the magazine resumes its regularly scheduled programming.

Good grief, 45 years.  Maybe one reason I don’t like to pay much attention to these anniversaries is that it reminds me that I was born during TOS’s original run (though in the latter half thereof, at least).  I can’t possibly be that old!  Well, you’re only as old as you feel.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get enough sleep so I’m not exactly brimming with youthful energy today.  But don’t mind me.  Happy anniversary and all that.

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