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Why was the character of Captain Kirk given the middle name "Tiberius"?

Writer David Gerrold claims credit for "Tiberius" as Kirk's middle name. It first appeared in the Animated Series episode "Bem" http://www.startrek.com/article/david-gerrold-recalls-more-tribbles-and-...
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Why was the character of Captain Kirk given the middle name "Tiberius"?

The name James Tiberius Kirk appears to be an homage to an earlier Roddenberry character, William Tiberius Rice. As to why Tiberius was chosen, you may wish to note Gene Roddenberry's extreme Roman ...
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Did any Star Trek actors have issues with the anti-religious nature of the series?

It is unlikely that any of the well-known actors made such statements. Your premise is not entirely correct. Roddenberry's thoughts are well known, but they didn't always translate to the screen. The ...
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How did Gene Roddenberry’s death affect the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation?

TNG Producer Rick Berman discussed this in an official StarTrek.com interview Q: Let’s dig into some complicated ground. Roddenberry got sick, became less involved and eventually passed away. What ...
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What's the first canon indication that Sulu is Japanese?

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country we learn that Sulu's first name is Hikaru, which is a name of Japanese origin.
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Did Gene Roddenberry find Noonien?

According to this story - no, his attempts (both with Khan and Soong) did not attract the intended attention: Back in the day, when Roddenberry was flying his combat missions with the 394th ...
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Did the original Star Trek borrow from Dune?

In a nutshell: probably not. The Star Trek Wikipedia page does not list Dune as an inspiration. The Star Trek Wikipedia page has a link to a Star Trek script dated from 1964 which pre-dates Dune's ...
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What's the first canon indication that Sulu is Japanese?

If you're looking for out-of-universe evidence, I recall George Takei saying in an interview that Sulu was supposed to have a Katana in "The Naked Time." But Takei requested it be changed to a ...
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Did the original Star Trek borrow from Dune?

More apt candidates for the inspiration of Star Trek would be the 1957-1962 western show "Wagon Train" and the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet". Roddenberry pitched Star Trek as "...
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Which episode is Gene Roddenberry referring to?

Spock had already saved Kirk's life early in the series. In "The Man Trap" he interrupted the salt-sucking monster from draining Kirk in McCoy's quarters. But the episode airing closest to the June-...
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Does Star Trek's adherence to naval tradition have roots in NASA or earlier real organizations or works?

The SF standard of space forces being considered akin to naval forces and using similar terminology long predates Star Trek and Gene Roddenberry. Triplanetary (1934, E.E. Smith, Amazing Stories) "...
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Was Gene Roddenberry directly influenced by Logical Positivism when he came up with Spock?

No, it's just lucky coincidence. As stated in the comments, Gene Roddenberry intended for Spock to be a Stoic. He was to serve as the emotionless counterpart to Dr. McCoy, who was so empathetic he ...
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Which episode is Gene Roddenberry referring to?

For additional context, the full correspondence wasn't about a single episode, but the overall direction of the two main leads, as the correspondence occurred between Season 1 and Season 2. Asimov ...
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What's the first canon indication that Sulu is Japanese?

If I recall correctly, there was a book in which Sulu was initially assigned to the Enterprise under Kirk and he was protesting that he wanted to be assigned to a patrol ship near his home planet of ...
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Did any Star Trek actors have issues with the anti-religious nature of the series?

In the episode, "Who Mourns For Adonis" Kirk gives the line, "Mankind has no need for gods. We find the one quite adequate." I read somewhere that this was inserted at the ...
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Star Trek and Andromeda: are they contiguous?

As broadcast, the two are completely independent universes. However, there is strong evidence that the original intent was for them to be sequential. With, what became Andromeda, showing a universe ...
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