War Correspondence

I can only hope you’ll receive this letter, with the station in Cardassian hands. I thought today, and not for the first time, all this was because of you.  Perhaps I should have been left in limbo.  Perhaps you should have lived out the life you’d made.  None of this happened.  No war.  No casualties. Continue reading “War Correspondence”

Perils of the Heart

Had Quark known that falling in love would prove so traumatic, he might have reconsidered.  But affairs of the heart were a fickle thing, and from the moment he first laid eyes upon her he was smitten. In the aftermath of the assassination of the Bajoran First Minister and Kira’s abrupt departure, she suggested consummatingContinue reading “Perils of the Heart”

On Nerdish Insights

From an IM conversation today: mknzyCalhn: I’m racking my brain here — I’m trying to think if Doctor Who has ever done a story about cloning Scavgraphics: new earth mknzyCalhn: you’re right Scavgraphics: also, daleks Scavgraphics: aren’t the mutants clones? mknzyCalhn: well, the mutants are grown in vats, but we don’t know if they’re clonedContinue reading “On Nerdish Insights”

On Brock Peters

The other voice of Darth Vader, Brock Peters, has passed away. He was 78. Many will associate Peters with To Kill a Mockingbird or his two Star Trek roles–as Admiral Cartwright in films IV and VI and as Joseph Sisko in Deep Space Nine–but I will always associate Peters with the voice of Darth VaderContinue reading “On Brock Peters”

Warped, One More Time

A series of brutal, motiveless murders aboard station Deep Space Nine leads to Odo’s investigation of a new batch of holosuite technology that appears to have the ability to reshape the user’s perception of reality. I won’t really defend Warped, because oftentimes when I do I feel like I spend my time trying to explainContinue reading “Warped, One More Time”

Drabble-y Goodness

What is a drabble, you ask? A drabble is a short story of precisely one hundred words. No more. No less. I write drabbles for fun. Usually as a writing warm-up exercise. Occasionally for profit, when for Pocket’s Strange New Worlds VI contest two years ago I submitted many drabbles for consideration. (Come to thinkContinue reading “Drabble-y Goodness”

On Deep Space Nine Novels

I received a question from John recently: I’m wondering if any pre-relaunch DS9 books are worth picking up. I’m particurally interested in “Invasion! #3: Time’s Enemy”. Is it worth reading and are there any others I should pick up that won’t interfere with the continuity of the series? Three of the best pre-finale DS9 novelsContinue reading “On Deep Space Nine Novels”

More on Deep Space Nine: Warped

I admit, my views on Jeter’s book fall outside the mainstream opinion. And I’m not writing this to throw stones in anyone’s direction, but it seems to me that a lot of the criticism of Warped boils down to “It’s just not Star Trek,” which I don’t think is necessarily true, but I do understandContinue reading “More on Deep Space Nine: Warped”

Warped and Deep Space Nine Hardcovers

Alas poor Warped! K.W. Jeter’s novel goes in for a lot of abuse within fandom–the story was inaccessible, the writing was bizarre, the take on the Star Trek universe was unbelievable, the book sold so poorly that Pocket wouldn’t think of doing another DS9 hardcover for a decade. I’ve heard all of these arguments, I’veContinue reading “Warped and Deep Space Nine Hardcovers”

Allyn's Crackpot Theory: Docile Klingons

Time for a crackpot theory! In many ways, the Dominion War was a godsend for the Federation/Klingon alliance. The Klingons, steeped as they are in warrior nobility and all that rot, sent their finest warriors, the angriest, the ones with the greatest bloodlust, to the frontlines. And like the fields of Flanders, the battlefields ofContinue reading “Allyn's Crackpot Theory: Docile Klingons”