This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, containing reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and cult books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But when I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study, Shakespeare basically took over, which is a good thing.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Shakespeare Reference in Star Trek: Battlestations!
Lots of Shakespeare references have appeared in episodes
of the various Star Trek television
series and films (one of the films is even named after a phrase from Hamlet), so it came as no surprise to
find a Shakespeare reference in Diane Carey’s novel, Star Trek: Battlestations! Carey writes: “He puzzled for a moment,
then held up a finger. ‘Oh. You mean like if you fire an infinite number of
shots at an infinite number of monkeys…’ ‘You’ll eventually kill Shakespeare’”
(p. 60). That is a joke on the theory that if a monkey randomly pressed keys on
a typewriter for infinity it would eventually produce Hamlet.