Episode 18: Star Trek First Contact

In this episode, we decide to break the ice and watch the Star Trek movie First Contact. Is global thermonuclear war a necessary prerequisite for realizing the utopian vision of Star Trek? How did a Titan II ICBM help humanity go where no man has gone before? Why did Zefram Cochrane get a statue before Lily Sloane? Tim, Gabe, and special guest Manu Saadia (author of Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek) answer these questions and more.

You can follow Manu Saadia on Twitter @Trekonomics. We greatly enjoyed his book, Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek (May 2016).

(Tim edit on 9/18: There was an encoding error in the original podcast file. It should be fixed now)

Before we get noticed by some Vulcans, we recommend checking out:
-F. White, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, 1998
-Disaster at Silo 7, TV Movie,1988
-Command and Control, Documentary, 2016
-Peter Brannen, The Ends of the World: : Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions, June 2017
-The Next Generation, “The Best of Both Worlds,” Season 3, Episode 26, June 1990

Also check out the sources below to learn more about the subjects in this episode – you can also access these links on our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com.

Thanks to TrekCore.com for some of the sound effects used in this episode.

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Enjoy!