Sad to hear Leonard Nimoy passed away today.
I was just old enough to watch the original Star Trek series when it first came out and it had a big effect on me. I†remember how flashy and exciting it was compared to any other TV programme of the time and I think it sparked in me a love of sci-fi that has been with me my whole life.
Captain Kirk was the swashbuckling hero that we kids all wanted to be (and very good at it he was too) but it was Spock who made the series exotic and special and memorable. With his pointed ears and overbearing logic, Spock was a complex, flawed but very alien character. And one that no one who watched Star Trek could ever forget.
Silly as it may sound. The original Star Trek series, and Spock in particular, has influenced my sci-fi writing to this day. And to be honest I hadn't realised just how much until today.
Those who've read my first book Convergent Space might have detected some similarities between Spock's mysticism and that of the Phlegar race regarding their relationship with the space-faring Nimits. And in the Shadow Ship (the second book in the series) the planet of Kraskos was partly inspired by the over-populated world of Gideon in the series 3 episode 'The Mark of Gideon', which I'd always found quite creepy.
I think I'd forgotten how important the original Star Trek series was to my childhood and my imagination. Now I've realised, it makes Leonard Nimoy's passing†even sadder. The end of an era.