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"Of all the souls I have encountered... his was the most human."

Leonard Nimoy, in his role as Spock, has been at my side in some fashion for much of my life. For me it all started in 1973 when Star Trek aired in Germany on the second channel on Saturday afternoons and I was lucky that my father didn't watch the sports news on the first channel. I was a six-year-old boy whose pajamas happened to have the same color as Spock's shirt and who tried to re-enact the series, with phasers and tricorders built from Lego. We had "The Changeling" on two 30min VCR video tapes and I was scared by the hovering tin can that even Spock couldn't stop.

The repeated exposure to this perhaps inappropriate episode didn't cause emotional damage in me (at least none that I am aware of). On the contrary, I knew that I wanted to see more of it. But the unaired episodes as well as any other information about Star Trek was hard to come by, especially in a time when I struggled with being a nerd and the customary outcasting at school, in a country where science fiction was (and arguably still is) considered particularly uncool. Anyway, a German satellite TV channel aired the complete series for the first time as late as in 1988. The problem was that I didn't have a satellite dish, so I asked my dad to record everything for me, week after week. He didn't forget a single episode, and so my dad who passed away last year helped spark my passion for Star Trek perhaps just as much as Leonard Nimoy.

I usually don't like comparing actors to their roles, but I will make an exception for Leonard Nimoy. Not only did he add essential details to his character such as the Vulcan greeting (that he saw in the synagogue as a child) and the nerve pinch (that he considered a better way to disable someone than brute force). He also brought a sense of decency into the role as he showed it in real life as well. It is quite understandable that at some point Leonard Nimoy became tired of always being equated with Spock, and he decided to move on according to the motto of his biography, I am not Spock. But he still was Spock for millions of fans, and so it was logical for him to return to his role and, while he was at it, to confess I am Spock in a second book.

I regret that I never met Leonard Nimoy in person. But although I knew him only from the screen, losing him is like losing a friend. No one could write a better eulogy than Leonard Nimoy himself, in his last tweet: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP" I believe that despite his illness in the past few years Leonard Nimoy had a prosperous life with many perfect moments, and he deserved it. I will preserve the perfect moments I had with Leonard Nimoy and his fellow Star Trek actors. I promise. And I will not forget how much Nimoy did for the self-confidence of the nerds, the visionaries and the scientifically minded people of this world.

Beam him up, Scotty!

Bernd Schneider


Recent EAS Updates
  • Updated Links

    06 Oct 2015

    Time for an update of the Links page.
  • Review of Star Trek Continues: "Divided We Stand"

    05 Oct 2015

    I have reviewed "Divided We Stand", the latest episode of Star Trek Continues.
  • Index Page Redesign

    28 Sep 2015

    I have redesigned the EAS index page, getting rid of the nested tables in favor of mobile-friendly divs. Also, I hope that more people find the way to important guide pages such as the Trek Feeds. Finally, after some complaints that the design was too busy I have moved the direct links to sub-index pages to sub-menus that appear when hovering above the section symbols to the right. I am aware that this is a step away from my concept to show as much as possible at a glance, but it really helps to keep the design clean.
  • List of Recent Comments

    20 Sep 2015

    I have discovered a secret(!?) RSS feed that allows me to compile a list of recent Disqus comments, without the need hire a department of programmers who can handle APIs. You can find the recent posts on the EAS Today page, so you know what is going on and where to comment.
  • Commenting in Fan Fiction Section

    19 Sep 2015

    I have added the Disqus comment box to the Fan Fiction section.
  • New Layout for EAS Fleet Yards

    19 Sep 2015

    More content can be seen in the new layout, such as the EAS Fleet Yards.
  • The History of Star Trek Gaming

    18 Sep 2015

    Here is an extensive article by TTP on The History of Star Trek Gaming - major games, minor games, their releases and subsequent evolution.
  • Voyager Reviews: "Projections" and "Elogium"

    07 Sep 2015

    Continuing my Voyager season 2 reviews. Here are "Projections" and "Elogium", the so far best and worst episode of the series, respectively.
  • Review of Star Trek: Renegades

    25 Aug 2015

    Here is my review of the pilot episode of Star Trek: Renegades. In my view the most exciting unofficial Star Trek film ever made.
  • New Story by Travis Anderson: Counter Terror

    23 Aug 2015

    New story by Travis Anderson in the series The Cause: Counter Terror. The Federation and the Cardassians have finally united around a single issue: the Maquis. Establishing a joint task force, the law enforcement specialists hand picked for the assignment will stop at nothing to bring in every last member of the Maquis. Starting with the Maquis commander himself, Cal Hudson.
Latest Comments on EAS Articles
  • Re: Trek Fan Fiction @ EAS - Reviews of Star Trek Continues

    05 Oct 2015

    I forgot to comment on it, but only because it is just a side note. They don't behave like Borg nanoprobes and for the story they could have been anything else.

  • Re: Trek Fan Fiction @ EAS - Reviews of Star Trek Continues

    05 Oct 2015

    What are your thoughts on the implication- at least as I saw it- that this was Starfleet's first encounter with the Borg, in the form of Bord Nanoprobes infecting Friendship 3?

  • Re: Ex Astris Scientia - Updates

    02 Oct 2015

    I like the new layout very much, looks clean and somehow interactive. Although I was very content with the previous version, too :-)

  • Re: Ex Astris Scientia - Religion in Star Trek

    01 Oct 2015

    It is possible that in my commentary I did not make a clear enough distinction between religion (as in religious organizations) and spirituality, and between atheists and agnostics. I'm constantly improving even old content such as this article and I'll take care of the semantics in the next revision.

    But other than that your comment is not really helpful. I am sure I made it quite clear that I'm open about people's individual choices, whether they are atheists, agnostics, practicing unorganized spirituality, or organized religion. I do mention all options, and all are perfectly valid in my view as long as people don't impose their views on others.

    It is my personal opinion that Roddenberry was wrong with his stance to condemn religion as a very concept, because he ultimately criticizes religious people who, in his view, are all stupid. The question whether religious organizations have to be so bloated and whether Roddenberry wanted to criticize essentially that, is not the same question as the one whether Roddenberry and/or Star Trek could/should condemn the very principle of faith (especially considering that craving for power and money, along with corruption, is a very unfortunate by-product of any form of human society and not at all a specific problem of religion(s)).

    Our views on religion in general and on what should and shouldn't be shown in a TV show may be different, and that's fine with me (although your angry language suggests that you have a still bigger gripe with it than I have with Roddenberry ;-)).

  • Re: Ex Astris Scientia - Religion in Star Trek

    01 Oct 2015

    Sounds like you're just as biased against those who choose not to practice a non-organized or non-proselytic religion. So what's wrong with being a spiritual human being with an open mind but drawing the line against wanting to be part of ANY organization including religions that on the whole are hypocritical, bloated, corrupt piles of redundancy who not only gleefully victimize their own congregations but anyone they can to stuff their own pockets, fill their own coffers, push their agendas or spew their vitriolic bile against anyone not them by any means necessary? And please learn a little about terms like atheism, which is not that there "is nothing to believe in" but the rejection of a divine faithfulness or concept of a higher power in favor for a purely humanist standpoint or agnosticism which you neglect to mention, which means you don't begrudge faith, you simply have your doubts about whose intangible gobbledygook might be the right unprovable flim-flam and are withholding judgement, no pun intended. These two concepts, alongside with spiritualism are ALSO perfectly valid options for people to choose for themselves. Or here's a thought; perhaps Roddenberry wasn't "wrong" as you so blithely put it, but was merely voicing his opinions as HE saw them, as are you, as is anyone free to do, and his only crime was using his position as a producer to soap-box more than he probably should have? Or perhaps in-depth discussions of abstract metaphysical and existential maybes/maybenots just have no real place in a television show that isn't broadcast on CBN by porcine Caucasian men in cheap suits and WASPy women with tall frizzy hair-dos. Either way when discussing a show about peace, tolerance, enlightenment and hope for a better tomorrow no casting stones about PoVs unless you're confirmed to walk on water, otherwise you're not qualified to revoke opinion cards anymore than men are to write about things that haven't happened yet, don't or can't exist or are impossible to prove before you get there otherwise, eh?

  • Re: Ex Astris Scientia - Index

    29 Sep 2015


    It is my intention that people explore the site, for which they need menus. When I look for information on "modern" websites, I find a useless list of "news" too often instead of content ordered by topic, in menus created by a human being.

    This is how it could look like, if EAS were like any other website ;-)

  • Re: Ex Astris Scientia - Index

    29 Sep 2015

    I too like this new design!

  • Re: Ex Astris Scientia - Index

    28 Sep 2015

    I like the new frontpage design. A lot cleaner and more modern than the last one. That said I really enjoy your "oldschool" approach to webdesign. It's a rare thing today that someone takes so much care in regards to coding and privacy issues as you do. A lot of good behaviour and quality coding has been lost in the internet in the last 10 years. A hand coded website is almost impossible to find anymore. Thanks for not spying on me. :)

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