the use of “man” instead of “no one” in the quote “to boldly go where no man has gone before” is not sexism and is actually the Star Trek writers’ way of telling us that women are more advanced than men and have in fact already explored strange new worlds and sought out new life and new civilisations. In this essay I will-
Jim, three Saurian brandies in: Since you can save a person’s pattern in the transporter buffer, the transporter room should just be a save point for away missions. Die? You can just respawn back in the transporter room. It’s genius. Just, another you. A spare. We could call it the Resurrect-O-Matic.
Bones: Strangely enough, that doesn’t make me feel better.
Jim: Aw, Bones, you’ll always be my favourite resurrectionist.
Bones: That was not my main problem with the concept.
(We don’t do angst much here but we totally do Slow Burn and happy ending. Sorry, u crazy ppl can go cry elsewhere)
Weekend Lover by ValiantBarnes (Cimila): my favorite. They trash talk each other’s trauma during S3X and it’s NOT ANGSTY. Im in love w this scene, the writing is SO GOOD. Plz go read it if law permits u to. It’s cathartic.
Chains of command by WhatIfImaMermaid: this hit ur feels. It makes u feel all things actually. “What if Starfleet actually enforced fraternization regulations”. I’ll call it Victorian Style just for shit and giggles.
Pavlov’s Cuddles by InsaneSociopath: not Spirk!centric but there is PIKE. So u know it’s worth it. Pike is the adoptive dad we all needs and Jim is Autistic here and SO WELL WRITTEN. If u re neurodivergent u need to read this, it’s in ur job description.
Something Smart to Do by kianspo: this is just funny and easy to read, a 5+1 that makes u giggle. My bookmark says “The best fic ever, funny and clever and yes”. So yeah, YEAH.
Spaceships, Private Jets, and Minivans: How to start a global incident in 5 minutes flat by Scientia_Fantasia: this one is a First Contact!AU. So so so cool. Spock crashes on earth and Jim communicate w math bc they’ve nerd dna. They are teen friends before falling in love as young adults. I dunno, it’s silly but also clever and makes u(me) happy.
Im really happy when someone rec stuff to me, im a sucker for happy endings, so there u go.
At this point, I’m skeptical of any book claiming to offer new insights into Star Trek: The Original Series, but I was very pleasantly surprised by Eaglemoss’s latest publication Star Trek: A Celebration. At 250+ pages and an 8″x11″ trim size, it’s a hefty, nicely-illustrated book with archival materials, new interviews, and lots of new-to-me information that made me very happy with my purchase.
Get it from Amazon for $23 right now, or support local bookstores for a little bit more.
Calling all Admirals and Cadets, it’s that time of year again! Author sign-ups for 2022’s Star Trek Valentine’s Bang are now live!
The STVB is an 18+ pan-series traditional bang in which authors write fic centered around our theme - romance and the many forms of love - and are paired with interested Beta Readers and an Artist (or Artists) who will illustrate their fic. In any series and in any universe, our event aims to celebrate Infinite Love in Infinite Combinations.
Sign-ups will run from today, October the 22nd, until November the 20th. The Star Trek Valentine’s Bang will follow a traditional Bang format (Artists and Betas assigned to Authors). This year we’re introducing word count categories, meaning each author will choose one of three word counts they’d like to reach or work around - 10k, 15k, or 25k+. Upon signing up for the Bang, Authors must submit a basic summary of their fic concept and any warnings and tags that are applicable. Explain the basics in 500 words or less. Authors must also answer the questionnaire attached to the Sign Up forms. This serves as both an Author’s sign-up period and a first check-in. If you’re unsure what you’d like to write yet but know you’d like to participate please let the mod team know.
As always, we’re willing to be flexible with those who would like to participate but have a busy schedule or complications.
Additionally, all those who participated in 2021’s STVB will be receiving an Email containing a link to the Sign-up form and Info Doc (including our rules, schedule, and FAQ) in case they are interested in participating again this year. Those who sign up using the form will also be added to our regular Emailing list, as well as our Discord Server (if applicable), so keep a look out for invitations in the coming days!
We can’t wait to get started, and we hope to see you on board!
This came to me late at night yesterday and I know it to be true:
I sincerely think that at least two of Spock’s (human) (highly illogical) (very unruly) braincells are continually just chanting “Jim. Jim. Jim...” in his own voice at any and all points in time. Nonstop.
It was in fact a day out to a comic fair with my folks, who said 'you can dress up!' My mum also said something along the lines of 'small children dress as princesses, why shouldn't a grown man dress as Captain Kirk?' Indeed, I have now apparently graduated to 'Captain Kirk: Space Queen'