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 cloned … Continue reading On Nerdish Insights

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 explain … Continue 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 think … Continue reading Drabble-y Goodness

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 understand … Continue reading More on Deep Space Nine: Warped

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 of … Continue reading Allyn's Crackpot Theory: Docile Klingons

In Defense of Warped

K.W. Jeter’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel Warped goes in for a lot of abuse within fandom–the story was inaccessible, the writing was bizarre, the take on the Trek universe was unbelievable, the book sold so poorly that Pocket wouldn’t think of doing another DS9 hardcover. I’ve heard all of these arguments, I’ve thought … Continue reading In Defense of Warped

The thirty second story

I’ve seen this on two blogs recently, such as James Bow‘s–take a short story and run it through MS Word’s Auto Summary feature. I’ve taken “Memorial Day,” an entry I wrote for Pocket’s Strange New Worlds VI contest, and condensed its 7500 word length to under a hundred: “Thanks.” “Claire Keefe.” “Jake Sisko.” Claire nodded. … Continue reading The thirty second story

Allyn's Crackpot Theory: On Trill Symbiosis

As some of you might be aware, I have some very whacked views on Trill symbiosis, how it began, and why it continues. My theories– Symbiosis must confer an evolutionary advantage (i.e., to further the gene line) to both host and symbiont, otherwise symbiosis doesn’t further the life cycle of either. In other words, symbiosis … Continue reading Allyn's Crackpot Theory: On Trill Symbiosis