Sunday, 24 April 2011 12:32
epershand: Bashir and O'Brien and the text "awkward silence" (Awkward silence)
If, HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING, I were MAYBE writing a short fic about Jake and Nog working out the complexities of a human-Ferengi relationship (rated, at this point, PG-13, but with lots of discussion of alien kinks and cultural assimilation), would anyone be interested in betaing it?

Before you say yes you should probably be aware that its working title is "tube grub fic." /o\
epershand: Bashir and O'Brien and the text "awkward silence" (Awkward silence)
On the occasion of [ profile] bluestalking watching the Deep Space Nine episode "The Ascent" (aka The One Where Quark and Odo Climb A Mountain):

bluestalking: TO EMBELLISH
bluestalking: THAT MOUNTAIN

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

On Keiko

Sunday, 6 February 2011 16:13
epershand: Bashir and O'Brien and the text "awkward silence" (Awkward silence)
This morning I participated in the [ profile] ds9_rewatch rewatch of DS9 01x04, "A Man Alone." It's been a while since I saw this episode, and ultimately what it wound up dredging up are all of my Feelings about Keiko. [ironic icon is ironic]

Cut for DS9 spoilers and criticism of an unpopular female character. )
epershand: Starfleet Academy logo. (ex astris scientia)
A Better Solution cover

Track listing. See below for full text.

A Better Solution: A Fanmix for [ profile] mrwubbles's awesome Star Trek/White Collar fusion "Behind the Shield." Created for STBB 2010.
"You cheated."

"I did not!" Kirk sat up straighter and glowered. "I just…found a better solution."

Zip with all the songs: [mp3]

Track listing:
Part 1 - Jim:
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Self-Control - The Bloodsugars
Keep It Together - Aqueduct
El Greco - Paula Cole
Running - Jason Mraz

City Lights - The Landing

Part 2 - Bones:
I Look for You - Oysterband
Modern Man - Arcade Fire
Stray Italian Greyhound - Vienna Teng
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, & Nash
Stuck in the Middle With You - Bob Dylan and Paul Simon

Me and My Shadow - Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes
epershand: Starfleet Academy logo. (ex astris scientia)
Gold Tithings Barren

Gold Tithings Barren, a soundtrack for "suggestions for living your life in spoken verse" by [ profile] atomicskull

Created for Star Trek Big Bang 2010

Zip with all the songs: [aac version] [mp3 version] - or click on the album cover for the MP3 version.

Track Listing:
1. Apocalypse Please -- Muse
2. Sodom, South Georgia -- Iron & Wine
3. Bright Sunny South -- Alison Krauss & Union Station
4. Four Hours in Washington -- M. Ward
5. Iowa (Traveling 3) -- Dar Williams
6. Psalms 40:2 -- The Mountain Goats
7. Unstable Journey -- Guided by Voices
8. Country of the Future -- Mirah
9. Rags and Bones -- Thea Gilmore
10. In Your Arms Tonight -- Stephen Trask
11. Bone Chaos in the Castle -- Kaki King
12. I'm Not Driving Anymore -- Rob Dougan
13. Ease Your Feet In the Sea -- Belle & Sebastian
14. Welcome to California -- Little Wings
15. I See the Boys of Summer -- Tom O'Bedlam
epershand: Weyoun. (Weyoun)
Last night I promised [personal profile] joandarck Garak/Bashir recs. I spent a lot of time putting them together, so I'm sharing them more broadly. It becomes rapidly clear that my preference is for dark fic, but there's some lighter stuff mixed in here too, if you squint.

OMG recs )

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Saturday, 14 November 2009 22:28
epershand: Weyoun. (Weyoun)
Dear Internet,

Where does one go to say "This random Star Trek franchise novel I picked up at the airport and just read was AMAZING"?

The Never-Ending Sacrifice. )

In other news I am on a ferry between Ireland and England. It is James Joyce-themed.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2009 22:40
epershand: Weyoun. (Weyoun)
I think I would not be wrong if I were to claim that this is the best moment in all of Star Trek: The Next Generation:


Happy Captain Picard Day, everybody!
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[personal profile] chosenmortal asked what "the good Trek novels" are, and I'm attempting to oblige. I don't own many any more, since my general attitude in middle school was to treat the local used book store like a lending library for Trek novels--so basically I'm operating from Wikipedia and the list of novels on the inside of The Siege, which I borrowed from Marc a few weeks ago and do NOT recommend. It is interesting to note that while I read a fair number of DS9 novels and in fact only know the Voyager crew in novel form, just about all the novels that are listed here as having made a big impression on me are TNG novels.

This post is roughly arranged by author, since it provides a convenient cross-series way to look at the novels, and also because for the most part, you can do a rough analysis of how good a given Star Trek novel is going to be on the basis of the author.

Unlike the Star Wars novel franchise, which form a consistent universe that the prequel movies happen to disregard as canon, there is no attempt to maintain continuity from one novel to another within the Star Trek franchise. One author, or within a particular series in the franchise, the is continuity, but it's easiest to think of the Star Trek novel franchise as pro-written fan fiction.

John M. Ford
Mike comes first because he's one of my favorite authors, and also because among a certain set, Mike's Trek books are mandatory reading even if you don't like Trek. Before I offer my own recommendation of Mike's Star Trek installments, I'll add someone else's. This is from Neil Gaiman's introduction to From the End of the Twentieth Century, a retrospective of Mike's work:
This is a man who... wrote not one but two astonishingly brilliant Star Trek novels -- one, The Final Reflection, a first contact novel from the Klingon perspective, the other, How Much for Just the Planet?, a genuinely funny musical farce -- each book responsible for setting new parameters to the Star Trek Franchise, mostly consisting of "He got away with it because he hadn't thought to make rules against it, and now he's done it no-one else is going to do it again"...

How Much For Just the Planet? is brilliant. I read it last month and spent the novel asking myself, wait, did that just happen? In a ::Star Trek novel?:: It made my brain explode in all the best of ways. The Final Reflection is on both my reading list and my bookshelf, and I really need to get to it. These are the only two Trek novels I currently own (technically, this is because I am on an epic quest to track down and read out-of-print Mike Ford books. The implied compliment stands).

Vonda N. Macintyre
Now you are thinking, nobody can get on Molly's List of Awesome Star Trek Authors unless they have been to WisCon and Potlatch with some frequency. I think maybe the causality goes in the opposite direction? Wiscon/Potlatch people are awesome, and write awesome books, some of which happen to be Star Trek.

So you already know that Wrath of Kahn is the best of the Trek movies. What you don't know is that Vonda's novelization of it is ::even better:: It's got Saavik's Romulan heritage, and the fact that that ensign Scotty was randomly crying over after he appeared to be a dead extra was originally a main character, and snarks, and boojums, and just all sorts of brilliance. Our shared love of this novelization is one of the original things that [ profile] digitalemur and I bonded about.

I further recommend, although without having read them, The Entropy Effect, Enterprise: The First Adventure, and her novelizations of The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home.

Diane Duane
At some point early in our friendship, [personal profile] oliviacirce and I had the following conversation:
o.circe: What do you mean you haven't read Young Wizards? Diane Duane is AMAZING.
epershand: Of course she's amazing! She wrote all those books about Vulcan and Romulus!
o.circe: Whatever, I am better than Star Trek. Feh.

Spock's World is a rich, multifacted history of Vulcan. It's the story of Surak, who lead Vulcan to follow logic and whose teachings sparked the separation with the Romulans. It's the romance of Amanda Grayson and Sarek, and their decision to raise a son of both Earth and Vulcan. And there's also a modern intrigue that I don't really remember--Vulcan tries to leave the Federation maybe?

When in interviews the authors of the new Star Trek movie say they wanted to bring canon from the novels into the movie, I'm pretty sure what they meant was Diane Duane.

Dark Mirror is a TNG Mirror Universe novel written before DS9 brought the Mirror Universe back and did totally different things with it. It's a lot more like "Mirror, Mirror" from TOS than anything DS9 did with the universe, but it's brilliant.

Other Diane Duane Star Trek books: The Wounded Sky, My Enemy, My Ally, The Romulan Way, Doctor's Orders, Intellivore, Swordhunt, Honor Blade, Sand and Stars, The Empty Chair.

Peter David
Ok, I now break away from novels written by people who have a lot of other, more acceptable work to their name and turn to Peter David, who pretty much does nothing but franchise books and comics. That being said, I totally saw a "best of Peter David" Star Trek comic book collection when I picked up my copy of Countdown. Basically, he may do all his writing in a genre that is the sheep that even the other black sheep look down on, but he's damn fine at what he does.

The best Peter David books combine canon from multiple sources and build it into something greater than the whole, these awesome patchwork quilts of one-shot TOS situations framed in running TNG stories and made a lot more interesting than they were in TOS.

As I learned by attempting to read The Siege this weekend, Peter David is also responsible for a whole lot of the drek that people usually assume franchise novels are. Be warned. (Q-In-Law is also really bad. Don't read it. No one should ever have to deal with Q and Lwaxana Troi at the same time.)

Q-Squared is... this brilliant complicated multi-universal collapsing canon swirling thing. It's got Q, and it's got Trelaine from TOS as a sulky teenage Q, and it's got three parallel Enterprise-Ds from three parallel dimensions collapsing into the same dimension. And it's got mistaken identities and dead parents and dead children running into each other. And it's got Picard/Crusher, the best of all TNG ships, and it is just full of awesome. (There is this really awesome Smallville fan fiction that stole the concept and structure of this book but replaced Q with meteor rocks. Funny how easily that kind of thing works out.)

Vendetta is another one of those brilliant patchwork quilts. Basically, the concept is that if you trace the path of the Doomsday Machine from TOS far back enough you wind up in the Delta Quadrant, where it was made to fight the Borg. It is seriously cool. Also there is a lot of Guinan backstory, which is nice if you are a person who likes Guinan.

Imzadi is... well, the thing about Imzadi is that it's kind of the "Draco Dormiens" of Trek novels. Everyone has read it, and it's basically the Riker/Troi shippy novel of doom. Naked. On Betazed. And there's a sequel which is even worse and everyone sort of feels obliged to read but is a bit disappointed by. Um, yeah.

Other notable books
The Eyes of the Beholders by A.C. Crispin. I don't really remember the real plot, but it opens with Riker in Starfleet Academy looking at the Golden Gate Bridge from Land's End, which has forever enamored me of that particular view. And it's got Data attempting to write a novel by doing pastiches of all the crew's favorite authors.

And there was this one book about cadets at Starfleet Academy that had two main characters who were lesbians, one of whom was a Trill who was the first host for the symbiont. But I can't find its name or author and it is driving me crazy. Hopefully there will be a correction here soon.

There is no Shatnerverse.
That never happened.
epershand: "No exit" (No Exit)
"I have written," [personal profile] oliviacirce said, "an epic internal reflection on my relationship with Star Trek. I do not have a Star Trek icon to post it with, though."

"Well, that seems obvious given your relationship with Star Trek."

"Uh, yeah."

"When I complete my epic internal reflection on my relationship with Star Trek, it will include the fact that there is a signature in my 7th grade year book addressed to 'star trak[sic] girl.' Yours is somewhat different."

So, movie aside, I have been spiraling down into Star Trek fandom again. Star Trek was my first serious fandom (I spent several middle-school summers doing nothing but watching Trek and writing Mary Sue fanfic) but I left it behind rather drastically sometime my freshman year of high school, as season 7 of DS9 was wrapping up.

That being said, in the last two or three weeks, I've re-watched much of DS9 season 3 (and a smattering of episodes across seasons 2, 4 and 5), read Mike Ford's astoundingly awesome How Much for Just the Planet?, and well, hello, long-lost reaches of trek fic, here I am digging for you.

And also there was the movie, which I saw first at a grotty little London cinema and then again in (fake) IMAX with the younger sibling when I got back to San Francisco. And, um, also Countdown, the spin-off prequel comic for the movie. And the whole Yosemite sequence from Star Trek V, to show [personal profile] oliviacirce the Kirk+Spock+McCoy dynamic in full swing.

here there be emotions, and vague spoilers )


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