He may have played a captain from the twenty-third century, but William Shatner is frustrated that he’ll never know what the real future holds.
As reported by IGN, Shatner used to read science-fiction before his time on Star Trek. “I was always a sci-fi fanatic,” he said. “I was reading all those guys who came to write for us on Star Trek several years before Star Trek existed. Those great science-fiction writers of the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s, they were brilliant storytelling minds, and the fascination, for me, is imagining a world that you’ll never see, you’ll never be a part of. In 2020, when the last bubble of methane comes out of the arctic lake, what’s going to happen? What’s going to happen in 100 years when what the planet has planned now goes through its many manifestations? It drives me crazy that I will not know what’s going to happen.”One of the things that Shatner fears when it comes to death is that lack of knowledge of what happens back on Earth after one has departed. “One of the fears of dying is that you won’t know what’s going to happen,” he said, “not just the next minute after you die, but what’ll happen in 50 years when all your relatives are dead and a new set has come along. Who are they? Will there be a cure for cancer? Will there be interplanetary travel? Will we find answers to all these incredible questions that plague me?”
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