My son and I have watched Star Trek all summer on Netflix streaming — the original series, the Next Generation, Voyager — plus all the movies. We’ve still got a long way to go but as we go along I notice he’s turning into a mini-geek Sci-Fi, enjoying himself and even quoting lines from the shows.
My favorite is this line by Spock from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Nothing unreal exists.
Pondering that I realized how much science fiction has affected my life philosophy. While others might be able to quote from the Bible or the Qu’ran or Torah, I can quote lines from the Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear (Frank Herbert’s Dune).
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Yeah! I love sci-fi.