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Spock's gift

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. When Spock gives Kirk A Tale of Two Cities, it marks his understanding of his lifelong friend’s interest in antiques. The Dickens' novel takes its place alongside McCoy's gift—a pair of bifocals, both suggesting the sedentary lifestyle he is moving towards now that he has passed 50.

Wrath of Khan - Spock's gift

Spock gives Kirk a copy of A Tale of Two Cities for his birthday.

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