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'Star Trek' Dating Service Lets You Look for Love in the Final Frontier

'Star Trek' Dating Site
The USS Enterprise adorns the wedding cake of TrekDating.com founder Jonathan Bird, who met his wife (also a "Star Trek" fan) on his own website. (Image credit: Jonathan Bird)

If you're looking for the perfect redshirt to snuggle with under a USS Enterprise blanket while watching "Star Trek" reruns, you're in luck.

Single Trekkies of all sexual orientations can beam up their profiles on TrekDating.com, a site established in 2013 when founder Jonathan Bird was looking for love himself. It worked, by the way. He and wife Dawn met on the website just two days after she joined. (Jonathan Bird said the marriage is still going well, even though Dawn doesn't speak Klingon.)

"A few years ago, I wanted to teach myself code," Bird told Space.com via email. "I'd already opened a few dating sites but never built them from scratch myself. I knew I'd have to build something that kept me interested; after all, it's the only way to learn. So, being a Trekkie myself, I figured, Why not TrekDating.com?"

Millions of users have already signed up, Bird said. But he's anticipating an even bigger surge in traffic now that the "Star Trek" franchise has hit its 50th anniversary. (The original TV series debuted in 1966.) In the last year alone, TrekDating.com has added nearly 100,000 members, most of whom hail from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, Bird said.

The U.K.-based website is part of a growing group of dating sites and services that cater specifically to fans of comics, science fiction and fantasy. Many comic conventions offer a speed dating service to attendees, for example. Other options are also available online, such as StarTrekDating.com, Trek Passions and Trekkie Dating.

"TrekDating.com shows no signs of slowing down," Bird said. "Our plan is simple: Continue to support the fans and give them a safe place to meet. Because without them, the site won't boldly go anywhere."

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Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a contributing writer for Space.com since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she tackles topics like spaceflight, diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Her latest book, NASA Leadership Moments, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.