Posted by Sareki on Apr 1, 2017 | 2 comments
What’s this? A new episode?
If anyone has listened to my Ten Forward Desert Island Trek, you’ll know I like my “what if” scenarios. In fact, I like my “what if” scenarios in real life too. In fact, I reckon I subscribe to the many worlds theory of quantum mechanics out of faith, it’s practically my religion!
Although, I’ve always wondered why a fictional universe isn’t enough for me. Surely that in itself is a “what if” scenario? So why do I then need to take a trip into an alternative timeline? I think the Back to the Future trilogy inspired me. Action aside, that’s a great example of changing things and seeing what effect they have.
Some people would also suggest I shouldn’t do it with real life. If I’m happy with my life, why would I bother with “what if I’d done this differently”? There’s one for the amateur psychologists to discuss! The good thing as far as I’m concerned is that, thanks to many worlds, there’s another universe where they all happened. So although I might dwell on considering the “what if” scenarios, it’s never from a regretful “I wish I had done that differently” perspective. It’s more of a curiosity thing.
So clearly, the concept of writing Star Trek stories on the premise of “what if this had happened differently” is a really interesting one to me. I really should go and read some of these Myriad Universes stories, as they sound like they might well be my kind of thing.
Okay, so to this book…
No, no, no, I am not accepting B’Elanna and Harry! That’s like she’s fucking her little brother! Fighting for rights, that I can buy into, but come on! As much as I like “what if”, there’s a limit! Losing Tom would be hard for her, I can definitely accept that, but not to the extent that we need a mop up monkey.
Unless they’re both imagining the other is Tom?!
Chakotay impregnating Janeway on the other hand, that I can accept. Did that happen in a bathtub though? How big was that bathtub? That’s not easy to pull off in a regular bathtub like we saw in Resolutions!
They brought up the Ocampa mathematical challenge! Hurrah! Good man, that one bugged me like everyone else. And overall, if he’s fixing things he didn’t like then he’s doing exactly what I’d do too. And probably did when I was at school actually.
As good as this novella sounds, and it does and I may well go back and read it now, I think my head started to melt when it turned out fluidic space didn’t have the multiverse though! If you leave fluidic space then surely you’ll become infinite and unable to return? It would be like the conclusion of TNG’s Parallels – a brilliant episode by the way – but taken to the logical extreme conclusion.
I really enjoyed the discussion about the underlying messages in this story. “Everybody should be the same” is definitely not a solution to any problem. In fact, ask the Vulcans. That’s exactly what IDIC is about – our differences are our strength. We should embrace them, not try to make everyone the same. We lose something if we try that. We’d be boring, and actually nothing would ever get done.
I mean, if everyone had my DIY skills the world would fall apart! But fortunately that’s not the case, we have tradesmen for that kind of thing. Or my father in law in my case!
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It really was an interesting and intriguing story. Despite my philosophical disagreements, I really do highly recommend it. And it’s a much faster read than the gigantic tomes Kirsten Beyer puts out, so it’s very readable even for those with limited time.
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