posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 05:53 PM
Originally posted by StreetCorner Philosopher
But the line between the birth of NASA and the sci fi boom is short. It was all happening during the same time.
I'm not sure if I'm understanding you correctly, but science fiction was around and popular long before NASA. There are many well known and popular
science fiction novels from the 19th century, like War of the Worlds being a prime example.
We grew up so fast as a species in just a couple of decades.
Techonologically, sure. I think we have a lot more growing to do in other areas though, in my opinion anyway.
Im sure Roddenberry was responsible for most of the look and technology produced for the show.
I'm sure he approved a lot of the designs that the artists and designers came up with, but I don't think he created any of it himself. Matt
Jefferies, for example, created the original Enterprise and the design of the bridge.
He invented the transporter system to help his budget. He couldn't afford to create CGI for a landing party's shuttle craft.
The concept of a transporter was around long before Star Trek. Their is a book called "The Man Without a Body"
where a scientist figures out
how to disassemble atoms and transmit them through a telegraph wire and reassemeble them. This was writen back in 1877 by Edward Page Mitchell. Star
Trek did make the concept a lot more popular though.
And you are right that it was used for budgetary reasons. They couldn't afford much for visual effects
(they didn't have CGI in the 60's
) back then.
[edit on 11-11-2007 by jra]