For me, and many others, one of the names that immediately springs to mind is Ronald D Moore. The screenwriter and producer has worked on everything from Star Trek, Roswell and Carnivale - all of which had a major impact on my teenage years - to Battlestar Galactica and Outlander - which punctuated my adult ones.
We're super-keen to get him to the Festival this year, and so, to show my enthusiasm, I have penned him a poem - in Burns' Stanzas, no less, since he's currently showrunning a TV series about burly Scotsmen.
(Yes, this is what I do in my day job.)
A Scottish Ode to Ronald D. Moore
Oh thou! A mighty god of TV –
Outlander, Star Trek, BSG –
Come doon frae Highlands I beg ye
As Headline Speaker:
Guru and teacher.
You’ve touched our lives since we were bairn,
Your bonnie char’cters were our freins,
The Bonding that ensued – you ken? –
We’ll ne’er forget.
You inspired us to take up pen,
Gold standards set.
Lang may yer lum reek, Ronald D. Moore
For tho’ you’re Sassenach to these shores
You understand the human cause
And are a king
Of TV shows, of SFF lore,