A fan of any iteration
of Star Trek, not just
the Next Generation as elsewhere noted.
Original series Star Trek fans have had a preference for trekker, not trekkie
, going back to the early
'70s and the first conventions.
At about that
time, the mainstream media discovered Star Trek fandom with feature stories that
usually had a condescending spin, including the term trekkie
. These were along the lines
of "Who are these trekkies
and why do they
gather by the thousands to profess their
love for an old canceled TV show
Those features often focused on the most extreme
aspects of fandom that
of course looked weirdest to non-fans, and didn't delve into what it was about the show that made
fans so passionate. Thus were the beginnings of the "nerdy" cliches that
have come to be associated with fans. It was to avoid
associations with such cliches that
original Star Trek fans became opposed to trekkie
and sought to get the more serious-sounding term trekker used.