Based on my interpretation of Hasker, the viewpoint of the body or mind issue that was shown by Piccard in the synopsis from Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Dualism view. Picard said, “Data has rights, amongst them the right to refuse to have an experimental process like this.” Picard credits both physical and mental and physical attributes to the Data (robot).
This view compares to Hasker’s statement that “dualism starts by taking very seriously the fact that human beings have both mental and physical properties.” It further signifies that even though the body and mind are different, they aren’t separate, but constantly interacting.
Also, this answers the question as to whether or not Data had a soul and if she ever had a soul. Since, God didn’t breathe into the nostrils of robots, they aren’t living souls. We aren’t beholden to treat robots ethically. On this basis, I don’t agree with the decision of the judge. Likewise, Maddox was justified in his claims that Picard was being emotional and irrational since Data had no soul and couldn’t be killed.
Moreover, I won’t rule out the likelihood that artificial intelligence will someday be possible. We use many technologies now that were once thought to being unreasonable. Also, according to scientific research, it’s not a question of if they can, but rather when they will construct self-reproducing AI robots. Though, even if mankind can build artificial intelligence, the robots will not be able to make their own worldview as human beings. They will be subjected to the software developer’s programming and they won’t have a soul. Concluding, I will address this area with reverence and extreme caution, for, the Scripture says, man was “…fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14).
In ‘66 a series “Star Trek” was crafted. It’s author, Gene Roddenberry, didn’t create the show to be a science fiction show. The show was much intense than that. It wasn’t just about finding new planets and people. It was about controversial topics. Even though the show takes place in the 23rd and 24th century the problems were current. In every series, there was growth with the issues and the time. The problems that were included in the episodes of Trek were religion, sexuality, race, gender roles and the depiction of science.
There was the captain Kes and Janeway. This series put women into positions of
Uhura was ahead of her time
leadership. The advancement of women in Star Trek has been properly timed and has even pushed a little bit past the time. Even though Uhura essentially was the role of a secretary, her role still pushed the envelope for the time because of her race. She was a black actress during the civil rights movement in the US. She even considered quitting the role because she felt that she wasn’t used enough for her role.
However, after Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with her and told her how vital it would be for her to stay on the show, she did. Women in Star Trek have move from the secretary type to a counselor, doctor, second in command and finally the first in command or the captain. Their progress lets them be more significant.
Let’s talk more explicitly about TNG. The original series displayed the four starring male roles to offer everything for the crew. Not so with TNG. This crew is more like a family with a father, a mother and children. But who were the major members of the family? There are four characters which give the appearance of a family on TNG.
Ishmael by Barbara Hambly
Barbara Hambly takes Star Trek for a comedy spin with western flavor in this ‘85 novel.
It’s inspired by the television program, Here Come the Brides which was on from ’68 to ’70. The story also contains several funny cameo appearances of characters and sci-fi character from television westerns. Dorks and pop culture enthusiasts and dorks will love the way these characters from the world of cult entertainment and television pop up in the story. You can find Han Solo making an appearance.
The book’s amusing story takes place in a logging town in Seattle in the 1800s. There, women have been moved from the East to become brides to the men. This was a real historical procedure called the Mercer Girls project which was the source for Here Come the Brides as well as the ‘54 musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
There’s nothing more amusing than a good historic mish-mash and reading about Spock try to unravel the reality going on around him with his Vulcan intelligence creates plenty of laughter.
Typhon Pact- Zero Sum Game by David Mack
Zero Sum Game is the first in a Star Trek novel series of seven books and novellas called the Typhon Pact. A big work, Typhon Pact is a crossover between the universe of the novels and the television shows such as DSN and TNG.
David Mack is a writer with solid experience in writing, having written numerous entertaining Star Trek books. Zero Sum Game is going on that list too. It’s the first in a real epic story which displays an coalition of races including the Breen, the Tholian, the Gorn, the Tzenkethi, the Kinshaya Holy Order, and the Romulan going against the Federation.
How Much for Just the Planet? by John M. Ford
This Star Trek book from ‘87 is an unique work of comic mastermind. It’s similar in tone to some of the timeless comedy episodes. If you are a Star Trek fan, especially the original series, you might know which ones I am affectionately talking about.
As an extra surprise, it has many of what are known as “Tuckerisations,” real-life folks used as characters in the book. They are other fantasy writers and science fiction authors who were acquaintances of Ford like Neil Gaiman, Diane Duane, and Pamela Dean. With a cover pictures that brings to mind an American primary, this book is a humorous exploration of political rivalry and economic power. But it’s ways from being an impenetrable piece. Its whole central premise is about a planet whose occupants communicate by instantly coming out and singing. Ford was not only a fantasy and sci-fi writer, but a poet and game designer.
The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre
Published in ’81, Vonda N. McIntyre’s incredible book is one of the primary Star Trek novels to be selected to be picked up by a publishing house. The story is really like a timeless adventure from the original series. It goes like this: Spock goes back in time to stop the murder of Captain Kirk. The novel fleshes out different aspects of the Trek universe, showing us about the background of Sulu, for instance. It’s a quick-paced adventure that shows that the novel form can be used to tell tales just as thrilling as on television. McIntyre is a science fiction author who has won Nebula and Hugo awards for her work and has penned several Trek novels over time. A fan favorite is The Entropy Effect.
Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda N. McIntyre
James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be put into the rank of captain in the history of the Federation. His crew is comprised of a first officer who sees him as impulsive, a chief engineer who sees him as arrogant, a chief medical officer who sees him as trifling, and a helmsman who desires a transfer.
But this crew, which would ultimately be celebrated space explorers, swiftly put aside their disparities when a horrific starship appears on their flight path.
Prime Directive by Judith Reeves-Stevens
Starfleet’s most sacred commandment, banning interference with alien cultures, has been broken. As a result of the infringement of the Prime Directive, the Enterprise is in shambles, an honored captain is dishonored and the crew is thrown among a thousand worlds. Kirk and his crew are going to get back their reputation by discovering the truth about what really went on on Talin IV that produced their unintentional shame. This writing duo has outdone themselves once more as they take a previous idea and expand upon it in one of the best Star Trek novels.
Ashes of Eden by William Shatner, Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
In the months that follow his unwilling retirement, Captain Kirk is presented with an adventure by a mysterious and beautiful young woman that will make Kirk confront the delicate peace between the Klingons and the Federation.
The Return by William Shatner, Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
A sequel to Star Trek: Generations tells about a fatal alliance between the Romulan Empire and the Borg in which their main weapon becomes the incredibly resurrected Captain Kirk and the Enterprise is called together in a crucial battle. The choice must be who will sacrifice themselves, Kirk or Picard?
The Romulan Way by Diane Duane & Peter Morwood
Federation Agent LoBrutto has been hiding among the Romulans for a long time. When a Starfleet officer is captured, she is forced to decide between keeping her cover or save Dr. McCoy. Written by hubby and wife Peter Morwood and Diane Duane, this book is part of the Rihannsu series, breaking the norms of book during this period. Like the television show, initial Star Trek books are quite episodic. This specific series was prosperous since the books were all connected and told one bigger story, outside of the normal episodes’ narratives.
Crisis of Consciousness by Dave Galanter
The U.S.S. Enterprise and the crew is ending a mission with the Maabas, an alien race with whom they want to have a treaty with. As immigrants from a great war long ago, the Maabas aren’t indigenous to the planet that they now live on or the solar system. The Federation’s curiosity in this race is because of their excellent intellectual resources. As the peace treaty is signed, the Enterprise is confronted by the Kenisians, a race that once ruled this planet and want their power back.
The Returned, Part 1 by Peter David
The first part of a three-part series, Star Trek: The New Frontier, author Peter David pens another crowd pleaser. The U.S.S. Excalibur and Capt. Calhoun are back after an effort to track down Xenex unsuccessfully. So, he’s now looking for the race that killed them to seek revenge on them. Capt. Calhoun hunt puts the ship and the crew in a pocket universe where he discovers another race and his enemies. Now, the test is on to see if this other race is an friend or an even bigger threat.
Boldly go where no man has gone before….Truthfully, plenty of folks have gone to the bookstore to purchase the best Star Trek books. In case you don’t want to leave the comfort of your home, we have put together a list.
From the start of Kirk’s career as Captain to his death and all the amazing missions in between, these books contain the best of the first crew and all the folks who join them along the way.
Titles like Q-In-Law, Avatar, and Federation are sure to please the Trek fans from the past and please the Trek fans of the future. A huge number of authors have tried to effectively narrate the story of Star Trek, but only real Trekkies realize who stands out. These are the best Star Trek books that will be favorites among fans.
Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
This long awaited novel has both celebrated crews of the Starship Enterprise in an heroic adventure that spans space and time.
As the crews get ready for their missions, fate brings them together until past and future unify and the destiny of the two famous starships depends on one another.
Q-in-Law by Peter David
A wedding is being held for the Tizarin, two powerful rival families. While Captain Picard is happy about the upcoming ceremony, his happiness is cut short by the arrival of a Federation delegate. In spite of advances by the delegate towards Picard, all goes well with the wedding. However, complications arrive with the notorious being named Q.
Avatar by S.D. Perry
As the Federation gets ready to bring a counter strike against the Dominion, Colonel Kira isn’t pleased with it. With the threat of everything being chaotic, Kira has a hard choice.
It was recently said that McFarlane Toys had inked a deal to create Star Trek figures, accessories and weapon, as well as those from Star Trek: Discovery. Some folks wondered what this new deal implied for Diamond Select, who has been producing Star Trek toys since ’01. Diamond Select Toys began with Star Trek: Enterprise.
Diamond Select’s top people assured Trek fans that they are still creating Star Trek items. Also stated was that Diamond Select has enhanced their license to include other facets of the Trek universe, although there weren’t any specifics on what this development of the their license involves.
There is also a rumor that there are a few formerly revealed Star Trek items still in the works. They are a Star Trek: TNG Cobrahead phaser toy first spotted at the ’15 Toy Fair, an
Khan Noonien Singh
electronic ship from The Wrath of Khan, and a Borg figure. There is hope that these products will be available soon. When they are, you can be sure there will be a big announcement of prices and release dates.
SDCC Exclusive Coming and a New Star Trek Ship
There is talk that Diamond Select is crafting a new Star Trek electronic ship, to be coming soon. Additionally, there is a plan on having a special variation of an earlier Trek ship offered as an exclusive for Comic Con-San Diego.
This is all great news for collectors, who can clear some room on their shelves for Diamond Select merchandise that is coming soon.
Reviews of latest Star Trek releases
In case you didn’t see it, there were some information on the latest Diamond Select releases like the Khan figure from The Wrath of Khan and the Romulan Bird of Prey from the episode “Balance of Terror.”
Star Trek: Discovery Season Two has the green light! CBS has regenerated this Trek series for a 2nd season. This is fabulous news for all who are Star Trek fans. As long as Star Trek is on television, there’s hopefulness.
A few changes are on board for season two. The show has let go of showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts and gotten Akiva Goldsman. There are plenty of online stories about this.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Release Date
With Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 starting production, the assumption is that Discovery Season 2 will come back to TV about the same time that Season 1 did which means Fall ’18 unless another problem arises with the show’s writers. There is always the chance that it will be later, but don’t worry you’ll know.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 is filmed and produced in Toronto. Even though there isn’t a trailer for the new season two, there are plenty of sneak peeks and behind the scenes of what is coming up in the second season.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Cast
The show has cast the well-liked and talented Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, a role that was given to Jeffrey Hunter in the pilot, Sean Kenney in the episode of the original series Star Trek called “The Menagerie,” and Bruce Greenwood in the Star Trek films.
Jonathan Frakes, who will be directing the second episode of the second season, lately let it slip that his episode will not only show Pike, but also show a young Spock and Burnham. If you recalled, Frakes was a part of TNG.
Tig Notaro has also been cast in Discovery Season 2. Based on reports, she will star as Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the U.S.S. Hiawatha.
For a little while, the future of Star Trek has been unclear. But could new announcements give the franchise a much-needed boost? After the update that longtime writer Alex Kurtzman is going to be the showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, reports state that he has also gotten a new contract with CBS.
This brings plenty of amazing possibilities for the franchise. After being off the air for years with the cancellation of Enterprise, Star Trek came back to TV last year. In spite of the reactions for Discovery, fans were happy to see the show back on television. And with this show, we could see other shows airing for the first time in over 15 years.
With Discovery in its 2nd season and Kurtzman getting the new deal, things could be on the up. While it’s not verified, sources state that many new shows are being contemplated.
There is a Starfleet Academy series written by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. A hypothesis that will possibly be well-known to anyone fascinated by the numerous undeveloped projects. What is happening on the Starfleet Academy has been seen via non-main characters like Nog and Wesley Crusher. The best one was in Abrams’ first Star Trek film. This concept has gone through several iterations, such as early versions of both TNG and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
The head honchos have now honed their skills in the teen superhero sector with Marvel’s Runaways, making them perfect choices to handle a story about future Starfleet officers.
There is also a partial series with connections to the everyone’s fav Star Trek movie, which is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Presently, it’s not clear what precisely the story would revolve around. With Trek, there are plenty of options.