Stacey Abrams beams up: New book embraces Trekkie fandom
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Stacey Abrams is boldly going where not many political pros have gone before — declaring herself a die-hard “Star Trek” fan.

“I love ‘Voyager’ and I love ‘Discovery’ and of course I respect the original, but I revere ‘The Next Generation,’” the former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate told The New York Times in a Thursday story.

Abrams also says she’s derived political lessons from plot lines of “Star Trek” episodes.


“Next Generation’s” Data, Abrams wrote in her forthcoming book, “reframed his objective — not to win outright but to stay alive, passing up opportunities for immediate victory in favor of a strategy of survival.”

“My lesson is simpler,” she writes in the soon-to-be-released “Lead From the Outside,” “change the rules of engagement.”

In the previously unpublished interview from last year with the Times, Abrams recounted how she became starry-eyed during an unexpected airplane encounter with “Star Trek” star Nichelle Nichols, who played the USS Enterprise’s chief communications officer, Nyota Uhura.

“I had a fan girl moment and introduced myself,” Abrams, 45, said. “Usually I do not indulge in that. But it was Nichelle Nichols. I had to do it.”

Abrams isn’t the only admitted Nichols fanatic and political Trekkie.

After saying on Twitter in 2013 that he had a “crush” on Nichols, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerTrump tweets, rally chant dominate Sunday shows as president continues attacks Sunday shows - Fallout over Trump tweets Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' MORE (D-N.J.) wrote that she “lifted me higher than the Enterprise could ever soar” after she tweeted one of his replies.