Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek, And The Outer Limits
Gene Roddenberry loved visiting the set of The Outer Limits, a groundbreaking, old-school, science-fiction television series produced in the early 1960s. Gene was friends with the show’s producer, Leslie Stevens Jr. Leslie’s father was a Vice Admiral in the Navy who was working with Rear Admiral Rico Botta, who happened to be on the ground floor of the new and secret space program.
From phasers and auto-sliding doors to video communication and computer sensors, there was a direct line of communication between the US Navy, the new space program and Hollywood.
This became the education pipeline for the American public to learn about (and be prepped for) the future of tech.
While publicly Roddenberry was an atheist, the writing in Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation included dialogue that introduced a slew of esoteric ideas, including ancient mythologies, DNA construction, Paganism, Gnosticism, the Singularity, The One vs. The Many, The Absolute, and the Eternal Consciousness. When writing and consulting for the series, Gene was either channeling information from the Gods, or government agencies encouraged him to introduce technological and spiritual concepts that could eventually enhance and protect humanity’s future.
Either way, Gene’s brilliance was the reason he was invited to speak at a variety of high-level institutions around the world, including NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress gatherings, and a long list of top universities. Mr. Roddenberry held three honorary doctorates: Doctor of Humane Letters from Emerson College (1977), Doctor of Literature from Union College in Los Angeles, and Doctor of Science from Clarkson College in Potsdam, New York (1981).