The Psi Phi Project: Re(7437): Ro and the Maquis

Baerbel wrote:

The Bajorans and the Maquis had two things in common, they were victims of the Cardassians and they feel betrayed by Starfleet – the Maquis because of this agreement Starfleet made with Cardassia and the Bajorans because Starfleet did absolutely nothing to help except voicing their outrage now and again. From “Ensign Ro” I deduct that even giving humanitarian aid to Bajoran refugees rarely happened. I am sure that many Bajorans worked with the Maquis. These were in essence Ro`s people.

A couple of points. First, the agreement was between the Federation and the Cardassians; Starfleet was merely enforcing the DMZ on the Federation side. (Remember, the Federation is the government, Starfleet is her military.)

Second, what could Starfleet (or the Federation) have done for the Bajora during the Occupation? (Yes, I just used the older term “Bajora” instead of “Bajoran” because I like it.) Anything the Federation did could be considered Prime Directive contamination, or the Cardassians might disallow any Federation intervention. In modern terms, that would be like attempting to give Tibet aid and assistance in contravention of China’s barbaric policies toward Tibet. China’s not going to allow us to do anything in Tibet that would interrupt their control, so neither would the Cardassians allow the Federation to do anything with the Bajora that might weaken their hand.

Picard might not care for this situation, but what can he do? His hands are tied, if not through Prime Directive concerns than very certainly by Federation mandate and foreign policy. Disrupting internal Cardassian affairs wouldn’t have a positive outlook; if anything, it would bring the Federation and the Cardassian Union closer to the brink of a second war.

Picard knows and understands the policy and its reason. Ro’s second-guessing of the policy and her ultimate break with Starfleet, though possibly well-intentioned, isn’t justified. She had her duties to Starfleet, duties she ignored.

The Psi Phi Project: Vulcan's Fury, give me a novel!

Vulcan’s Fury, the lost computer game from Interplay, deserves to exist in some form. Ever since I heard of it, I wanted to experience this story in some fashion. The story of the Sundering of the Vulcan people, that’s gripping stuff. And that it was written by none other than D.C. Fontana, that was another coolness factor.

The game is gone, never to return. Technologies change, adventure games have gone out of style.

But books are timeless. The story might have a solid core. D.C. Fontana I’ve heard believes it’s a strong story, strong enough to support a novel. I would welcome a novel based on Secret of Vulcan’s Fury.

So, Marco, how about it? You’ve put Pocket on the map where computer game novels are made. This one’s up your alley; not only is it Star Trek (and Classic Trek at that), it’s also derived from a computer game.

I want this story. I imagine a lot of others out there do as well.

Do I have to agitate for a letter campaign?

Spock and the Calvinists

Calvinist: I’m saved! I’m one of the Elect!

Spock: How many elect are there?

Calvinist: One-hundred forty-four thousand.

Spock: An intriguing number. A question. How many of these Elect come from this time?

Calvinist: What? I don’t understand.

Spock: Christianity as a faith is two thousand years old. A rough calculation would show that some twenty billion human beings have lived in the past two thousand years. Logic would clearly dictate that the numbers of the Elect would be spread across the past two thousand years, let alone all of time, assuming that it is the whim of the Almighty and not religious fervor that determines one’s status as Elect.

Calvinist: What does this have to do with anything?

Spock: Simple probability theory. As a matter of percentages, one’s status as a member of Elect would be highly unlikely. One might have a better chance of being hit with a meteor than to be selected as one of the Elect. This all depends, of course, upon the initial assumptions one makes.

Calvinist: How so?

Spock: Alter any of the fundamental assumptions, and the probability changes. As our base humanity, are we counting from the origins of the human species three million years ago, or merely from the dawn of the Christian era? Are only those subscribing to the Christian faith to be counted as part of our base set, or all all persons to be counted? Neither of these are unreasonable questions; the first because it speaks to the question of predestination, implying that one’s status in the afterlife is irrespective of one’s religious faith as Christianity has existed as a part of human existence for only the smallest of times. The second question speaks to where Christianity falls within the scope of human belief. There are systems of belief older than Christianity and with more adherents; are we to assume that these persons, secure in their systems of belief, are following an incorrect path?

Calvinist: Of course they’re following the wrong path.

Spock: How do you know this?

Calvinist: Because it’s self-evident.

Spock: It is not self-evident to me.

And we could go on and on and on and on….

Sulu novels

John Ordover wrote:

The letter writing campaign failed, if you recall. Yes “a portion” of fandom is interested in the continuing adventures of Captain Sulu – but not a big enough portion.:)

True, the letter writing campaign for a Captain Sulu novel generated approximately 750 letters. You’d said one thousand letters in one month was the bare minimum you required. However, those 750 letters were also three times what you said at the time you were expecting to receive.

Second, given that the Sulu novel letter campaign had zero publicity or media coverage, unlike the Sulu television show campaign, the fact that the Sulu base was energized to that extent in that time shows latent demand.

Third, you show that you do listen to the fans. Many of us said there was demand for Sulu, and we produced 750 letters to that proposition. Of course, the 250 letters that never materialized give you ammunition that says, “Sulu no big deal.”

Fourth, those wanting a Sulu novel now know that the cause is not hopeless. It’s just getting that base energized.

Sulu is a niche idea; you’ve said that yourself, John. Sulu doesn’t appeal to the broadest segment of fans in the way that the other series do. But neither does SCE, for instance. Neither does Captain Proton. Or Starfleet: Year One. Ideas that don’t appear to be the marketing slam dunks but which are pursued anyway.

Because they are worthwhile to do.

Honestly, I’d rather buy a Sulu eBook than an SCE eBook. It’s not that I dislike SCE, because I don’t. But the end of the 24th century is a known quantity. The end of the 23rd century isn’t. The Classic Trek era is inherently more interesting to me, though I concede that to other fans it’s dreadfully dull.

I admit we’re never likely to see another Sulu novel under your watch. Whether by editorial design or marketing design. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting for.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends.

Sulu would demand no less.

The Psi Phi Project: Re(7080): The BBS

From Bob:

If George W. Bush was a
Star Trek character, who would he be?

0, from the Q-Continuum trilogy. Wants to take over the world and bring his psychotic friends to the party.

Al Gore?

Q, from the same trilogy. He means well, tries hard, but comes up short.

Ralph Nader?

Quinn, from Voyager‘s “Death Wish.” He wants to shake things up, but doesn’t have the willpower or strength to do it.

Pat Buchanan?

Q2, from “Deja Q” and Q-in-Law. He wants to play with the big boys, but he doesn’t have much enthusiasm for it either.

So, you’re heard it here first, people. American politics is just like the Q-Continuum, a whole lot of nonsense that doesn’t go anywhere but can make things unpleasant along the way.