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Humanism in Star Trek

Susan Sackett

July 14, 2024

Gene Roddenberry, creator and executive producer of the television series Star Trek, believed that: human beings can solve problems through reason and cooperation; that there is no need to turn to superstition or religion for help; that human understanding and intelligence will help us to develop and progress.

“I’ve been sure from the first, that the job of Star Trek was to use drama and adventure as a way of portraying humanity in its various guises and beliefs. The result was that Star Trek… is an expression of my own beliefs using my characters to act out human problems and equations.” Gene Roddenberry, interview with The Humanist (1991).

Susan Sackett grew up in Connecticut and Florida and received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville. In August 1974, she began an association with Gene Roddenberry, creator of the television legend Star Trek, serving as his personal executive assistant for over 17 years, until his death in October 1991.

Susan and her writing partner, Fred Bronson, sold several stories and a teleplay to Star Trek: The Next Generation, including the popular episodes “Ménage à Troi” and “The Game.” She has written multiple books about her experiences with Star Trek, including Letters to Star Trek, Star Trek Speaks!, The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and her Star Trek memoir, Inside Trek.

Susan was on the American Humanist Association Board of Directors from 2006 to 2018. She was also a
Board Member of Humanists International from 2011 to 2017.

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