There are times I feel like I should be shunned from my professional community -- and right now, I feel like I should be cast out for my stubborn ambivalence toward Star Trek. My fellow writers keep asking me if I can sleep at night with such excitement in the air, while my friends have the release date marked on their calendars. But I watch every trailer and film clip hoping I'll get wound up. I wrote about this when the trailer first premiered, and I haven't changed my opinion very drastically, despite the favorable reviews pouring out of Austin and Australia.
One of the reasons why I've been ambivalent toward Trek is because I would have preferred seeing all that time and energy spent on creating original science fiction. Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas were able to do it, after all. Why should we go backwards and retread what they did, when there are thousands of space stories just waiting to be told?
But, we live in a more cautious world of entertainment now and I find myself glad Star Trek is on the horizon, because I think it will help bring in what so many of us want -- a sci-fi renaissance. I think this is the year we're going to get one. If 2008 was the year of the funnybooks, I think 2009 will be the year of the outer limits.