In the science fiction community there has always been a rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek fans. Sometimes it seems like the Sharks and the Jets are snapping their fingers in unison and it can be intimidating. Other times it seems like they just ignore each other. And in the best of times they come together to enjoy the creative possibilities of science fiction.
Personally, I have a simple answer to the question of which is better… Firefly.
That aside, I’ve been thinking about the question of which is a superior created world. I don’t know that I ever reached a true answer, but it led me to some deeper questions. The question that has stuck in my head for several weeks as I slowly mull the potential outcomes…
(This is where I’ve caught my ship on a reef.)
Could the leanings of this epic debate have roots in our own political leanings?
Now don’t go running away thinking this is some political soap-box. I’m legitimately wondering and basing what I’m seeing on the people I know in my life. Remember, I’m one person with a generally narrow view of the population as a whole.
However, I would posture that Star Trek fans tend to be more left leaning while Star Wars fans lean right.
I’m not suggesting hardcore, fanatical leanings, just a general shift or pull. As I was debating with my inner muse on this topic it dawned on me that left leaning mindsets want a government that provides structure and equality (in a nutshell, I know people could rip this apart on multiple levels, but it’s just a thought) and if we look at Star Trek that seems to be what they project. While not on the level of Borg assimilation, the underlying theme of Star Trek is to explore and bring equality to the unknown. Star Trek, and Star Fleet, promotes bringing order to the chaos.
Star Wars, at its core, represents a battle for individuality. The slogan ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ comes to mind. The Empire seeks to bring uniformity to the galaxy and people don’t want that. Ultimately, the protagonists don’t want or expect to be provided for. They want to carve their own paths.
Don’t get me wrong, I grew up watching Next Gen. It was my Saturday night jam, occasionally followed by X-Files if my parents weren’t home. I loved boldly going where no one had gone before. But I equally loved the roguish, lone wolf attitude of Han Solo.
So where does that leave us? Pretty much where I started. Pondering the universe and myriad galaxies therein.
On a personal note, I’m pumped to have a new job that allows me the flexibility to write. I’m making progress on Atom & Go part 2. Although, I don’t have any good ideas for a title. Also, I’m contemplating hosting a table at the Twin Tiers Comic-Con in a month. I will keep you posted when and if that gets locked down.
In the meantime, keep flying the black.