A Review of Two New Star Trek Children’s Books

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201902.16 For those of you with little ones who need to be exposed to classic Star Trek at the earliest possible age, I recommend the new books I Am Captain Kirk and I Am Mr. Spock, both available on amazon.com, and are thankfully based on classic Star Trek, not the reboots. The artwork is outstanding, although Kirk doesn’t look much like William Shatner. I sent both books to my niece so she can read them to my four-year-old great nephew. Let’s get a new generation to love classic Star Trek! Live long and prosper.

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Happy Halloween

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201810.31. Today is Halloween, and my day off, although I do have to grade exams today. In other news, here’s the first two-person Star Trek portrait I’ve commissioned, featuring a younger me as Kirk and my former student and good friend Tomoka Yamamoto as the yeoman. Tomoka was in my class eight years ago and I still call her by her nickname, which is, believe it or not, Cheeky Rabbit.

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Full Dress Uniform

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201809.6. I am pleased to show off the latest work of my preferred digital artist, Scott Jackson, who specializes in Star Trek art. Here I am as Captain Kirk in his full dress green uniform. What do you think? Not bad, huh? Looks like a scene from The Menagerie.

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Me with a Phaser Rifle

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201809.22. I am pleased to present another Star Trek portrait of me by Scott Jackson. Here I am (circa 2007) as Captain Kirk from Where No Man Has Gone Before, complete with phaser rifle. As I’ve probably said before, this is one of my favourite episodes, and I would love to have a 1:1 scale model of the phaser rifle. “Above all else, a god needs compassion, Mitchell!”

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A New Semester Is About To Begin

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201808.26. To quote Kirk, “The impossible has happened.” A new semester of the Ethics of Star Trek is about to begin at Kyung Hee University, in Korea of all places. With that in mind, here I am again as Captain Kirk in the green wraparound shirt. It’s based on a tiny little gym ID photo from 10-12 years ago, before I grew my beard, and I think it’s pretty good. PS: I’ve heard that William Shatner had to shave his chest to play Kirk, but I am unwilling to do so, so my chest hair is not visible in this sketch!

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Gene Roddenberry and Animal Rights

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201704.30. Last week we watched and analyzed “The Devil in the Dark” and learned about Gene Roddenberry’s views on animal rights. In Judith Barad’s book The Ethics of Star Trek, Roddenberry says that although he was not a vegetarian, he had serious concerns about factory farms and that he hoped someday to be able to eat a steak without killing an animal. Ethicist Tom Regan also discusses the conditions necessary for an animal to be a “Subject of a Life” which Barad applies to the very intelligent animal (the Horta) encountered in the episode. Just as interesting, in my view, is the fact that William Shatner’s father passed away while he was filming this episode, but didn’t let it affect his performance. Say what you like about Shatner’s acting, I think he’s a real pro, and he shined in this episode. Attached are public domain photos of Roddenberry and Shatner for your edification. Live long and prosper.

Netflix and Star Trek

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201704.27. I just checked Netflix Korea and found that they now have ALL THREE SEASONS of Star Trek TOS available with Korean subtitles. Since there are no TOS DVDs or Blu-rays available here, and there probably never will, this is as good as it gets in Korea. Now my students have a convenient and inexpensive way to watch Star Trek with Korean subtitles, and I couldn’t be happier. Here once again is a public domain photo for your enjoyment. Live long and prosper.

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