Do you remember Star Trek: the Motion Picture? (aka Star Trick: The Motionless Picture according to some SAIT nerds 20 years ago). V-Ger was a giant, living machine tracing through the universe trying to learn all that was learnable and return the information to its creator. Who? 20th Century humans from NASA, of course. V-Ger was actually a Voyager space probe, which had been travelling for 300 years collecting data.
This week, the real Voyager hits the edge of our galaxy and heads off into the universe. 30 years ago when they made the movie they were imagining this day. I remember it seeming impossibly distant, and yet, here it is. Science fiction being made real. I remember worrying about whether we really want to draw attention to ourselves… In 300 years will Voyager return having discovered or become a lifeform? or will some life forms have come to see what Earth is all about for better or worse?
What an amazing time we live in. Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner have been a strange part of it, as the visionary inventions of the tv show and movies are now part of our lives- from automatic doors to flip phones. Now V-Ger is off to places no human has been.