They Boldly Went

Aug 01

melancholyflapper said: You mentioned getting some 1980s fan-ship design books - seeing as they're 30-year-old fanworks, they're presumably out of print. Any chance you could scan them for posterity?

They’re all oversized and weird so we’d have to see if my friends with oversized scanners are cool with me hanging out for a few hours. (But if you use Google, I guarantee you’ll see most of them.)

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tombondurant said: Favorite non-Enterprise starship design (including "unofficial" works like the Technical Manual and Spaceflight Chronology)? I'm partial to the Baton Rouge class, since the comics used it as a couple of early Kirk assignments....

answered this one a while back and I’m still proud of the fact I called the Excelsior the Kanye West of starships.

I recently pick up two big books of fan-designed starships from the 1980s at the Trek convention in Boston and had a bit of an epiphany: those are fan-fiction too. Highly technical, extremely nerdy fan-fiction, but definitely sprouting from the same seed that gave us stories like the one I read where Kirk’s shirt is on fire and McCoy has to take it off him and Spock uses special Vulcan “healing techniques” and then they all snuggle.

Anonymous said: Are you reading the adaptation of Ellison's City On the Edge of Forever? What do you think?

It’s pretty good! It suffers from pacing that doesn’t work well for comics, but that’s because it was written for the screen and they want to keep as much of Ellison’s script in there as they can, which is understandable. I was kind of cool on Woodward’s art in the first issue — I’ve never been a fan of painted comics unless they were painted for a reason (Marvels) or willing to go surreal and do things that pencil and ink don’t do nearly as well (Elektra: Assassin) — but by the second, I got into a comfortable groove with it. 

No wonder how much Ellison tells me otherwise, I still think the episode that got aired is superior, but it’s always nice to see alternate glimpses at things.

emeraldnebula said: Why do you think some people believe STAR TREK V is Shatner's attempt to glorify Kirk at everyone else's expense? Personally, I think Kirk comes off really badly in it, both in the final film and even in Shatner's early story notes. He's buffoonish, gets his ass kicked frequently, needs Spock to bail him out at least three times, and he's completely powerless to stop Sybok. If anything, it seemed like Shatner was trying to show Kirk needed Spock and McCoy and went about it the wrong way.

Those people are very silly. That is why they think that. Ignore their silliness.

Jul 31

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, German jumbo lobby card #1. 1982
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, German jumbo lobby card #1. 1982

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Jul 28

In the book Star Trek Lives!, D.C. Fontana went into detail about how they decided to portray Spock’s interactions with the Romulan commander in “The Enterprise Incident.” The original shooting version of the script described Spock as “raining kisses on every square inch above the shoulder,” but Nimoy and guest star Joanna Linville thought this seemed out of character. Nimoy went so far as to write a letter to Roddenberry’s office complaining  about this and Fontana backed up his opinion. She, director John Meredyth Lucas and the actors came up with the restrained, alien approach to the lovemaking scene.

Of course, fans flooded Fontana’s office with complaints about how Vulcans should only have sex every seven years. That’s why she included sex scenes featuring Spock in Vulcan’s Glory, establishing that pon farr and sexuality were connected but distinct.

In the book Star Trek Lives!, D.C. Fontana went into detail about how they decided to portray Spock’s interactions with the Romulan commander in “The Enterprise Incident.” The original shooting version of the script described Spock as “raining kisses on every square inch above the shoulder,” but Nimoy and guest star Joanna Linville thought this seemed out of character. Nimoy went so far as to write a letter to Roddenberry’s office complaining about this and Fontana backed up his opinion. She, director John Meredyth Lucas and the actors came up with the restrained, alien approach to the lovemaking scene.

Of course, fans flooded Fontana’s office with complaints about how Vulcans should only have sex every seven years. That’s why she included sex scenes featuring Spock in Vulcan’s Glory, establishing that pon farr and sexuality were connected but distinct.

Jul 25

"We bet you never saw this one coming. IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios are joining forces to present the crossover comic book event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes “

Well, well, well. This actually makes a lot of sense and I’m surprised I haven’t already written fanfiction about this a hundred times before.

"We bet you never saw this one coming. IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios are joining forces to present the crossover comic book event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes

Well, well, well. This actually makes a lot of sense and I’m surprised I haven’t already written fanfiction about this a hundred times before.

doughanke said: A MeFi thread about Galaxy Quest linked to an oral history of the making of the film. Watched it again and it really holds up. One thing I learned--Alec Baldwin originally read for the Tim Allen role! So between that, the Abrams reboot, and Scalzi's Redshirts, is it just me or are people almost more interested in the meta-narrative than the actual show anymore?

I didn’t know that about Alec Baldwin! That would have been amazing, even if T. Allen did a good job.

Anyway, I don’t know that the metanarrative is as attractive to the majority of fans as the idea that they are fans, if that makes any sense. They like their own world-building, slash and fanfic of it more than they could ever enjoy a single episode of Star Trek. And that’s okay.

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