Science Fiction Day

Little bears are very busy watching Star Trek. They haven’t watched any this year yet 🙂

Science Fiction Day

Star Trek was one of the highlights of the beary adventures in 2016 and today is Science Fiction Day.

Apparently Isaac Asimov officially celebrated his birthday on January 2, though it is unclear what the exact date was. He was born sometime between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920 in Russia. His family emigrated to the United States when he was three years old.

Isaac Asimov is considered to be one of the fathers of modern-day science fiction. A prolific writer, he is thought to have edited and written about 500 books – hard science fiction, mysteries, fantasy, popular science, as well as works on astronomy, mathematics, history, William Shakespeare’s writing and chemistry. He also wrote hundreds of short stories, including the social science fiction Nightfall, which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time.

Asimov and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry developed a unique relationship during Star Trek’s initial launch in the late 1960s. Asimov wrote a critical essay on Star Trek’s scientific accuracy for TV Guide magazine, What are a few galaxies among friends.

Science Fiction Day

Roddenberry retorted respectfully with a personal letter explaining the limitations of accuracy when writing a weekly series. Asimov corrected himself with a follow-up essay to TV Guide claiming that despite its inaccuracies, Star Trek was a fresh and intellectually challenging science fiction television show. The two remained friends to the point where Asimov even served as an advisor on a number of Star Trek projects, earning a screen credit as “special science consultant” on Star Trek: The Motion Picture for advice he gave during production.

In 1967, Isaac Asimov wrote another essay for TV Guide called Mr. Spock is Dreamy!, all about the baffling phenomenon of women and girls finding the cerebral Spock sexually appealing — including Asimov’s own twelve-year-old daughter, Robyn. Wrote Asimov, “Through the agency of Mr. Spock, Star Trek has been capitalizing upon a fact not generally known among the male half of the population. Women think being smart is sexy!”

Star Trek: The Next Generation featured androids with “positronic brains” and one episode, Datalore, credits Asimov with conceiving this fictional technology. The Oxford English Dictionary credits his science fiction for introducing the words ‘positronic’ (an entirely fictional technology), ‘psychohistory’ (which is also used for a different study on historical motivations) and ‘robotics’ into the English language. Asimov believed his most enduring contributions would be his Three Laws of Robotics and the Foundation series.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation so little bears will be very busy today!

Science Fiction Day

Some Star Trek highlights of the beary adventures in 2016…

Getting a diagnosis of awesome from Bones 🙂

Star Trek First Contact

Attending the Star Trek concert in Houston.

Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage

Seeing the Star Trek Shuttlecraft Galileo at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Star Trek Shuttlecraft Galileo
Star Trek Shuttlecraft Galileo

Visiting Star Fleet Headquarters.

Star Fleet Headquarters

Attending Star Fleet Academy.

Set Phasers to Awesome

Attending Destination Star Trek

Destination Star Trek

…and getting lots of hugs!

With Terry Farrell
With Terry Farrell

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