trekker n.

an admirer of the U.S. television programme Star Trek

Often used in preference to trekkie n. to denote a more serious or committed fan.


SF Fandom

Star Trek

  • 1967 TV Guide 22 Feb. a-72/1 (letter) (heading) page image

    Trekker [/] This is an appeal to the public to stand behind the only intellectually stimulating program NBC has come up with in years. Star Trek at least rises above the typical ‘father is a slob, mother is a scatterbrain, and the children triumph’ programs that fill the prime time every night.

  • 1967 Philadelphia Inquirer 5 Apr. 17/3

    From ‘Trenton Trekkers’: ‘Thanks for your interview with William Shatner. As avid fans of “Star Trek”, we hope you will write about our favorite, Leonard Nimoy, the magnificent Mr. Spock.’

  • 1970 Deck May 2

    I start acting like a bubble-headed trekkie (rather than a sober, dignified—albeit enthusiastic—trekker).

  • 1977 B. Ash Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1978) 273/1 Brian Ash bibliography

    The largest and most recent body of fringe fandom rejoices in a membership of ‘Trekkies’ or ‘Trekkers’—adherents of the Star Trek television series.

  • 1978 F. Lynch Star Trek & Me in W. Irwin & G. B. Love Best of Trek 54

    I find that I can label fans only ‘good-mannered’ or ‘bad-mannered‘; the terms Trekker, Trekkie, etc. turn me off.

  • 1985 B. Ragan Letter in W. Irwin & G. B. Love Best of Trek #8 (1985) 204

    I promised to discuss earlier the difference between ‘Trekkers’ and ‘Trekkies’—I think it’s so much nonsense. I'll be a Trekkie and proud to have a title that shows my love for Star Trek! However, some do not see it that way; if they consider a ‘Trekker’ as a mature fan, and ‘Trekkie’ as an immature fan, then I respect that.

  • 1992 H. Jenkins Textual Poachers 21

    Fans prefer to describe themselves as ‘Trekkers’ rather than ‘Trekkies’ (a term which has increasingly come to refer only to the media constructed stereotype)—or better still, to describe themselves simply as fans (a term which signifies their membership within a larger subculture of other fans and denies a fixed reader-text relationship).

  • 1992 H. Jenkins Textual Poachers 22

    The Trekkers, however, see themselves as already participating in a larger social and cultural community.

  • 2000 Interzone July 44/3

    And Galaxy Quest is nothing if not conscious of its responsibility as a contemporary bigscreen version of what two Generations of Trekkers have always longed for, and which even the Trek movies have only imperfectly delivered: participation in the cosmos for us, here, now.

  • 2001 Sci Fi June 33/2

    SECRET WEAPON: As one Net journalist put it, ‘A guaranteed walk-in for Trekkers.’

Research requirements

antedating 1967

Earliest cite

TV Guide

Research History
Jeff Wolfe submitted a 1985 cite from "The Best of Trek #8".
Jason Dyer submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of an article by Fern Lynch in Walter Irwin's anthology "The Best of Trek"; this cite was verified in the 1978 first edition by Jamie Morris.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Brian Ash's "A Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction"; we would like to check the 1977 first edition.
Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1978 article, "Star Trek Lives: Trekker Slang" by Patricia Byrd.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1992 cite from Henry Jenkins' "Textual Poachers: Television fans and participatory culture".
Joan Marie Verba submitted a cite from Carol Pruitt's fanzine "Deck 6" (May 1970).
Fred Shapiro submitted a 1967 cite from TV Guide.

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