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Kirk reads book on shuttlecraft

by ebreilly

The inclusion of Moby-Dick and other literary sources signals the persistence of books and reading in a society reliant on computer terminals and visual displays. The world of Star Trek embodies a technological utopianism: human nature can be perfected through refinements in technology. Spock and the Vulcan tradition of rationalism (and its embrace of utilitarianism) focus on information and data required to make decisions. Across the franchise, We see many people reading from screens and monitors; books are much rarer. We see Kirk reading A Tale of Two Cities on board the shuttle craft, the only person with a book in his hand.

Wrath of Khan - Kirk reads book on shuttlecraft

A shot of Kirk reading a book on a shuttlecraft.

from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Creator: Nicholas Meyer
Posted by ebreilly