Star Trek film (2009) and Russian SF Fandom: Too Many Batteries Included

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Title:
Star Trek film (2009) and Russian SF Fandom: Too Many Batteries Included
Year: 
2012
Publication: 
Fan Culture: Theory and Practice./ Ed. Kathryn Larsen and Lynn Zubernis
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Start Page: 
148
End Page: 
161
Publisher: 
Сambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Language: 
English
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Creative Commons Attributions-NonCommercial
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ISSN: 
978-1443837835
Abstract:

Star Trek fans all over the world had strong reactions to the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek XI film in 2009. As a longstanding and global fandom, Star Trek provides a fitting lens through which to examine both similarities and differences in how fans from disparate cultural backgrounds participate in their chosen fandom, and how they interpret fan texts and changes to fan texts over time.
A survey made by the science fiction magazine Supernova at the sixth Star Trek fan convention in Russia (Ruscon) held in 2006, which showed strong proactive attitudes and acceptance of the fundamental humanistic ideas of the Trek saga, serves as the basis for comparison in analyzing the reaction of the Russian Star Trek (“ST”) fans to the release of Star Trek XI. Its release brought about a new wave of fans, but caused controversy among the older fans due to the considerable changes introduced. A discussion at the XXXV International conference of the Russian Society of American Culture Studies in Moscow 11-15 December 2009 revealed significant similarities among the representatives of American and Russian fans in attendance. Both recognized a subversion by Abrams of ST creator Gene Roddenberry’s dream of the possibility to create a humane society. There were, however, also differences. The specific points of attraction and rejection revealed during the survey of Russian Trekkers’ reactions to the film are discussed in this chapter.

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