Best Artificial Life Form
Well we've had some debate on this blog over the best starship captain on Star Trek. But who can forget that other staple of the Star Trek universe (and the most theologically interesting): artificial life forms. That's right: from nanites to exocomps to the Enterprise itself, we've seen a plethora of forms of humanly created life (which often wind up so heavily anthropomorphized that it becomes necessary to attribute them human-type rights). Sometimes the artificial life is mechanical (e.g. Lore, Data's evil brother, B4, Data's idiot brother, or Lal, Data's endearing but fated offspring); sometime's it's virtual (e.g. Vic Fontaine, DS9's Lounge Singer, or Professor Moriarity, Sherlock Holmes'/Data's adversary).
But for me, the two most memorable are Data himself (smart, possessing incredible strength, and "fully functioning, programmed in multiple techniques" -- how cool is that?) and the Doctor on Voyager (with an acerbic, ironic wit, operatic temprament and an ego to match). What do you think? What do the kinds of life created by humans say about humans themselves?