This is very cool: “Star Trek’s secret weapon: a scientist with a mushroom fetish bent on saving the planet.”
On Star Trek: Discovery, the character Lieutenant Paul Stamets is an “astromycologist” — a mushroom expert in outer space who is passionate about the power of fungi.
Stamets is actually named after a real U.S. scientist who spends his downtime tramping through the forests of B.C.’s Cortes Island.
The real Stamets has a few books. “Mycelium Running” is a fascinating read.