Five weeks ago, I started KRAD COVID readings. Like many authors, I’ve been doing readings of my fiction to help ameliorate the frustration of pandemic life. I’m glad it’s been so successful, and I hope it continues to be.
This time ’round, it’s another Star Trek story: “loDnI’pu’ vavpu’ je” (“Brothers and Fathers”) from the 2005 anthology Tales from the Captain’s Table.
Back in 1998, John Ordover and Dean Wesley Smith conceived the six-novel series “The Captain’s Table” where the various captain characters (Pike, Kirk, and Sulu from the original series; Picard from The Next Generation; Sisko from Deep Space Nine; Janeway from Voyager; and Calhoun from the New Frontier novel series) all went to a strange bar that only serves ship captains from throughout time and space, where the only payment is that you must tell a story.
In 2005, I put together an anthology that followed up that series, utilizing the captain characters who’d been added since ’98, both on screen (Riker becoming Titan captain in 2002’s Nemesis, Kira becoming the new commander of Deep Space Nine and the Defiant at the end of 1999’s “What You Leave Behind,” the creation of Archer for Enterprise in 2001) and in prose fiction (Shelby being promoted in New Frontier, Chakotay being promoted in the Voyager novels, Demora Sulu being promoted in novels featuring the Enterprise-B, the creation of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, I.K.S. Gorkon, and Stargazer series). I also wrote the story from my own series (Gorkon) with a story told by Klag, son of M’Raq, the lead in that series who also appeared on the TNG episode “A Matter of Honor,” played by Brian Thompson.
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