And on a completely opposite note, Orson Scott Card is an ass. I understand that Star Trek isn’t the finest Science Fiction ever, and that most of it is pretty lame to tell the truth, but some of the comparisons that he makes are totally fucked. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Being John Malkovich? Buffy The Vampire Slayer? Sci-Fi? Ok, I understand that they technically might fit the bill, but comparing Star Trek to Buffy is like comparing Northern Exposure to Days of Our Lives. While they may very well be in the same genre they are by no means the same thing. The only Space Opera type of show that he mentioned was Firefly, and I will totally agree that the few episodes that came out were better than most of what came out of the Star Trek franchise.
But that doesn’t mean Star Trek completely sucked.
To top it all off he points out that the people who originally watched the series did so because they didn’t know there was anything better out there. Ok, maybe that’s true in some cases but not all of them. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most of the people who are “rabid” Trekkers have also read most of the authors on his list. Even if what he says is true, how many people wouldn’t have a clue who Harlan Ellison was if they hadn’t watched “City On The Edge Of Forever?”
My personal take? For one, he’s being a total fucking hypocrite. How much money has he milked out of Ender’s Game? He’s written at least 10 books that I could find in that series, and he’s also negotiating Movie and Video Game rights. Sounds to me like someone is just jealous that his shit hasn’t been milked for as much cash as Roddenberry’s. Secondly, and more important, he’s being damned ungrateful. In the 60’s Star Trek was to many children what Star Wars was to kids in the late 70’s – An eye opening look into a world that they had never seen before. Orson Scott Card would do well to remember that he probably owes the Star Trek franchise for igniting the Science Fiction spark in many of his readers.
And no, I’ve never read any of his books. After this, I may not. While I don’t dress up or speak Klingon I consider myself a Trekker, and Mr. Card has just slapped me and those like me in the face.
So to hell with him. Live long and prosper, beeyatch.