I was on “Continuing Conversations” with Michael Dismuke, part of the Star Trek Adventures fan site Continuing Mission, talking about STA‘s new Klingon Empire Core Rulebook (to which I contributed) alongside fellow scribes Derek Tyler Attico, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and Aaron Pollyea, as well as project manager/editor Jim Johnson.
The story itself hits all the beats entertainingly enough, but what makes it work are the amusements. Watching Paris wander all around all cocksure about how well he knows the period and then get everything wrong, the deranged Braxton’s crazed monologue on time travel in the alley, Neelix and Kes getting completely sucked in by soap operas.
In honor of the release of Star Trek Adventures: Klingon Empire Core Rulebook, to which I contributed several chapters, this week will be a special five-part reading of one of my Klingon tales: “The Unhappy Ones,” the Kor/Kang/Koloth story from the Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins anthology in 2010. Part 1 went live yesterday. In this second part, Kor, Kang, and Koloth arrive at Beta Thoridar and find their work cut out for them…..
On Wednesday the 15th of July at 7pm Eastern time, I will be part of a panel that will talk about building an alternate history. Hosted by J.L. Gribble (as part of the launch of her novel Steel Empires), the panel will also feature comedian/podcaster Jay Whittaker and author Maria V. Snyder, as we talk about the ins and outs and ups and downs of creating an alternate history.
In honor of the release of Star Trek Adventures: Klingon Empire Core Rulebook, to which I contributed several chapters, this week will be a special five-part reading of one of my Klingon tales: “The Unhappy Ones,” the Kor/Kang/Koloth story from the Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins anthology in 2010. In this first part, tensions between smooth-headed QuchHa’ and ridge-headed HemQuch in an asteroid mine explode into riots and murders….
Janeway must reject her “belief” in science and totally embrace blind faith in order to cure Kes, which is insane on every possible level, but it works because it’s television. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch stomps all over “Sacred Ground.”
One of the hallmarks of Star Trek is its rationalism, though rarely as a substitute for faith. Worf and Kira (to give two examples) could still be very spiritual, could still have faith in their particular beliefs, but it didn’t make them idiots who rejected science, and it didn’t put them at odds with characters who were not spiritual.
In “Sacred Ground,” though, the entire episode is built toward getting Janeway to cast aside her “belief” in science, to take a leap of faith instead.
Here’s the thing: science isn’t a belief. The stupid and dangerous notion that science is a matter of belief and faith is why there are idiots walking around right now not wearing masks even though there’s a virulent pandemic floating around in the air.
On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band played what was billed as their farewell concert at the Wintergarden Theatre in San Francisco. (The Band, minus guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson, would re-form a few years later.) They had a ton of guests, and Martin Scorcese also filmed the concert for a movie, called The Last Waltz.
Muddy Waters was one of the guests, and he did two songs, “Caldonia” and “Mannish Boy,” and the latter is below. It was also almost not in the movie, due to the changeability of the titles to old blues songs. Scorcese, not recognizing the title “Mannish Boy,” tagged that as a song where they could change the film in the cameras. By the time the song started, and Scorcese realized it was the song he knew as “I’m a Man,” it was too late — except it wasn’t. One camera operator, knowing what song it was, kept filming. Which is why the song is all one long tracking shot. But it worked out for the best……