Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991) was born in El Paso, Texas and spent his boyhood in Los Angeles. He is most famous as the creator of the science fiction television series Star Trek and was one of the first people to be buried in space.
- A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
- Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids — human beings built them, because they're clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things.
- Interview (20 September 1988), included in Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5, DVD 7, "Mission Logs: Year Five", "A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry", 0:26:09)
- The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity.
- As quoted in Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (1992) by Edythe Draper
- The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.
- We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
- As quoted in Can A Smart Person Believe in God? (2004) by Michael Guillen, Ch. 7 : Hope Springs Eternal, p. 90
- I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will — and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.
- As quoted in In His Name (2010) by E. Christopher Reyes, p. 39
- In the 24th century there will be no hunger, there will be no greed, and all the children will know how to read.
- Gene Roddenberry to Jonathan Scott Frakes conserning his vision of the future before Frakes' final audition.
- In a contrast between 1960's astronauts consuming "Tang" and crewmen on the Enterprise eating solid food: "Why should a man give up the joy of ham and eggs if the technology will allow it?"
- Official Roddenberry family website
- Rodenberry at Memory Alpha
- Profile at IMDb
- Gene Roddenberry at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Rodenberry at The Museum of Broadcast Communication
- Strange New Worlds: The Humanist Philosophy of Star Trek by Robert Bowman, Christian Research Journal (Fall 1991), p. 20
- StarTrek.com biography
- "Gene Roddenberry: What Might Have Been..." on Roddenberry's failed 70s pilots
- Celebrating Gene Roddenberry