I remember missing out Independence Day in the cinemas back in 1996. Yet somehow, I stumbled upon the novelization which was localized and published in Bahasa Indonesia. I enjoy reading sci-fi novels, and in fact the first thick novel I’ve ever read through was the novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home authored by Vonda N. McIntyre. I was about 10 at the time, and I was starting to get fascinated by Star Trek.
Of course at that time I had no idea why it was titled ‘The Voyage Home’, and since Star Trek often take place in space, I never knew what it meant for the Enterprise crew to travel home. In fact, as often Earth was mentioned in the series, it was seldom shown. But I was very much fascinated by Star Trek, because for me, the franchise was one of my links to my happier innocent life in America… it resonated very much to me culturally and I practically grew up as a Trekker.