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"At the quantum level, there is no difference between biology and physics. No difference at all. And you talk about spores. What are they? They are the progenitors of panspermia. They are the building blocks of energy across the universe. Physics and biology? No; physics as biology."
– Paul Stamets to Michael Burnham, 2256 ("Context Is for Kings")

Lieutenant Paul Stamets was a male Human Starfleet officer who lived during the mid-23rd century. He served as the chief engineer of the USS Discovery in 2256. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings", "Choose Your Pain")

Biography Edit

Stamets trained as an astromycologist. Prior to the outbreak of the Federation-Klingon War in 2256, Stamets and his research partner, Straal, were working on an experimental propulsion technology. When the war started, the two were co-opted by Starfleet to develop military applications for the technology. Stamets was assigned to the USS Discovery, Straal the USS Glenn.

Late in 2256, Stamets met Michael Burnham after her prison shuttle was rescued by the Discovery. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

Due to his mixing of Tardigrade DNA with his during his usage of the spore drive, he exists outside the normal flow of time.

After entering the spore network for the first time and seeing its beauty, more positive sides to his personality have emerged.

Personal life Edit

Stamets was in a relationship with Doctor Hugh Culber. The two first met in a cafe on Alpha Centauri. (DIS: "Choose Your Pain", "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad")

Stamets and Straal were considered friends. Stamets had an uncle named Everett who sang in a Beatles cover band. Stamets remarked to Michael Burnham that it didn't make him "John Lennon". (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

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Background information Edit

Paul Stamets was played by Anthony Rapp.

This character was named for real-life mycologist Paul Stamets, who was the inspiration for the science of Discovery. However, much of the character was based on Executive Producer/Writer Aaron Harberts, who commented, "Stamets is kind of cranked up. But when writing Stamets, there was a lot of 'What would I say here? Probably that.'" (After Trek: "Episode 2")

Stamets, along with his partner Culber, are the first openly gay regular characters in a Star Trek television series. Prior to the Discovery premiere, original showrunner Bryan Fuller commented, "Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast...we're continuing that tradition." [1]

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