About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. He lives in Tucson with Anne, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

(Cut Section) Star Trek’s transporter is an execution chamber.

This one is obvious if you think about it. If not, Next Generation’s “Second Chances” (S2:E24) spells it out clearly. In that episode, the crew find someone had previously been left behind after his transporter signal (unknowingly) bifurcated, with one beam making it back to the ship and one reflected back to the planet’s surface. Which Commander Riker is the “real” Riker? Neither! And: Both!

To everyone else and to themselves, each Riker is Riker. But to the original Riker who was expecting to be beamed out — his consciousness just dissolved and ended. Poof. Ded.

By the way, the transporter was only created for the original series because the special effects team didn’t have the budget to make it look like the Starship Enterprise was landing on planets.

Die, Barclay, die!

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