Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Star Trek, part 1

On page 37, I write that,

So essential are granaries to human societies that they even figure in works of Science Fiction. Take for example "Star Trek," perhaps the most well-known, popular and influential Sci-Fi story ever told. In the television episode entitled "The Trouble With Tribbles" (episode 44, first aired on 29 December 1967), the Starship Enterprise is called in to protect a shipment of grain being temporarily stored at K7, a deep-space station located near Klingon space.

The action to which I refer takes place about 5:15 in.

It turns out that the quadro-triticale has in fact been poisoned by the Klingons, but Captain Kirk and the others only learn this after a very large number of small, fuzzy, irresistably cute "tribbles" have gotten into the storage compartments, devoured all of the grain, and died.

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