Posted by Sareki on Jan 2, 2017 | 1 comment
This month we read three stories from the Strange New World 1 Anthology: “Good Night, Voyager”, “Ambassador at Large”, and “Fiction”
There seems to be lots of shipping in the first story, which I’m fine with by the way, and yet Chakotay still gets screwed over.
Literally, in both good ways and bad ways. Most bad ways though, that seems to be his thing.
I don’t really have much to say about this story, but it sounds like it’s worthwhile reading.
Written by a nineteen year old. Scary, but in a good way. Kudos to them.
I’d feel old, but since this was 1998 I wasn’t even 19 at that point in time! Yes, I was writing back then, but certainly not to any decent standard. I mean, my ego had me inserted into most of the stories. Yay for time travel! But boo for too much teenage angst in all of them.
I cringe when I look back at them, and not just because it was playscript rather than prose. I still think I had some good ideas, but boy was it surrounded by pure garbage. But still… Ro and Tom Riker forever! Maquis shipping that surprisingly few people have actually suggested!
The second story, and sorry but I didn’t pay attention to the names of them, but in this one Bailey sounds like he’s been on the Tranya far too much. How come he’s still alive, is Tranya the magic elixir of life? The Corbomite Maneuver is a great episode, and indeed Bailey is a terrific character who seems to grow throughout it and almost learns with the audience, but he really should be dead by this point in time.
I’m curious though, was it a mystery who Bailey was? I knew straight away as soon as you said the name, coupled with a few descriptions of the ships involved, so I’d assume Chris did too. Unless it was all better hidden than the notes suggested?
No thn, my favourite question of this month’s podcast. What would I programme into a replicator? Where would you begin? Me, I’d probably go for Irn Bru. I’ve no idea how I’d do that since the recipe is pretty much a secret – as with most good brands – but that might be the most Scottish answer I could have given.
Well, at least I didn’t say deep fried mars bar.
No really, we have places here who cover a mars bar (same as a milky way in the US) in batter, deep fry it, and serve it with chips (fries but not those skinny ones). I’ve NEVER had one, it always sounded horrible to me.
I HAVE, however, eaten deep fried pizza. And it’s gooooooood. Same idea, although there’s two versions – one covered in batter (commonly called a pizza crunch) and one that is literally just deep fried as it is. It’s not as bad as it sounds, trust me.
Well, not for the taste. It’s as bad as it sounds for your health. Hey, don’t judge us, at least we’re not like the Japanese and their Tempura. Who deep fries a vegetable?!
I once said that to someone and their retort was “at least we know what a vegetable is” – well played.
It’s a good thing they didn’t have replicators in TOS, can you imagine Scotty? “Fish supper and a bottle of Irn Bru, glass”
When it comes to Irn Bru, always glass. At least here in Scotland where there’s an option anyway.
The final story… Voyager having a bad time! What a novel idea! They should have done that more often. But no, that got ditched almosts as quickly as the bio-neural gel packs did. They were still there I’m sure, they just got forgotten about.
Which I think is a real shame, because that meant we didn’t get more lines like “get that cheese to sickbay”! I loved that line when I was at school. It might have turned up in one of my own stories back then too actually.
Mind you, so did “Akoochimoya”. I might have turned that into “Akoochcoo” though. I was going for humour. I might have missed.
This story sounds rather TOS though, at least in the ending. We have the classic kill a redshirt, and we effecrively have a cheeky piccolo ending. Actually, even TOS had sad and poignant endings at times though.
Still, having said that, you were all really positive about this story so again it sounds like it’s worth reading. Which seems to be the common theme with Strange New Worlds. They brought that concept back recently, didn’t they? I’m sure this used to be a yearly series that disappeared but came back for 2016. Maybe it will be back again this year? I’m not too up to speed with it to be honest.
And don’t worry, I’ve been reading things that aren’t Star Trek recently too. Mainly because I feel like I have to, as I have a stack of books I want to read and the DS9 Relaunch was taking up all of my reading time! Well, that and the fact I felt like I needed to read them for work. Sadly I don’t get paid to read them though!
I’m so jealous of Bree. I don’t think I’ve seen Star Trek Beyond more than twice so far! I bought it on Bluray and I don’t think I’ve opened it yet as I’ve been so busy and not had time to watch movies – well, not beyond Cars for the millionth time I mean – so I’ve probably not seen it since I saw it on the big screen.
I’m such a failure as a fan boy these days. High time my son was getting into Star Trek! So far the best I’ve managed is to have him watch the podrace from the Phantom Menace. I’ll get his geek cred up soon though!
Then again, was it Bree who said she had a mop-up monkey on her shoulder when doing cosplay? Maybe I’m not jealous then, I don’t want to think about where that monkey has been…
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