I have been awol from school for over three weeks! I had planned to do some school while in Australia, even took the books over with me (bad decision - they're blimmin' heavy!), but unfortunately (or fortunately?) was having too much of a good time with family to concentrate.
Anyway, I'm back now, and ready to get into things!
What I have been doing over the break is watching a lot of Star Trek. While I was away I bought the Original Series collectors edition, plus beforehand I'd bought several of the early Star Trek movies (the ones with the original series crew). Plus I've been renting the most recent series, Enterprise, set 100 years before the original series.
The thing about Star Trek is the staggering volume of product. And I'm just talking about what fans call 'canon' - the TV shows and movies. There's also the animated series made in the 1970s, several PC games, countless novels, some of them authored by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and then of course the amazing panoply of stuff created by and for fans.
It can be inspiring, or overwhelming... There's something about a universe so complete and real that appeals, but that also tends to inspire only imitation.
What's amazing is that it all started from a simple idea, and didn't even seem that popular until after the original series was cancelled.
In the marketplace of ideas, it's nearly impossible to tell what will succeed. But one thing seems certain: ideas that are passionately owned will get the chance to find out.