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Star Trek and the British Age of Sail: The Maritime Influence Throughout the Series and Films


Clear all moorings, one-half impulse power, and set course for a mare incognitum. A popular culture artifact of the New Frontier/Space Race era, Star Trek is often mistakenly viewed as a Space Western. However, the Western format is not what governs the actual world building of Star Trek, which was, after all, also pitched as "Hornblower in space". The future of Star Trek is modeled on the world of the British Golden Age of Sail as it is commonly found in the genre of sea fiction. Star Trek and the British Age of Sail re-historicizes and remaps the origins of Star Trek and subsequently the entirety of its fictional world – the Star Trek continuum an as yet uncharted transatlantic bearing.

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