Leonard Nimoy (1931 - 2015)

He’s not really dead. As long as we remember him.
— Leonard McCoy

The death of Leonard Nimoy is the biggest blow to the Star Trek universe since the passing of series creator Gene Roddenberry in 1991. No one else has so perfectly embodied the ideological spirit of the show - the literal product of human and alien unification whose two natures are at once perpetually locked in conflict, yet always open to learning from and evolving through the friction between his two halves, Spock is truly the soul of the franchise in so far as he represents the eternally-burning hope that lies at the original series' core, that belief that it is through both fidelity to intellectual curiosity and the willingness to grapple with the complexity of emotional realities that we will thrive as a species to a degree that we can one day earn the right to carry our own enlightenment out into the farthest reaches of space.

He has been, and always shall be, our friend.

- cs