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links to the past

Apologies for the lack of my Alternate Wednesday posts of late; oddly enough, it’s a matter of not having enough time for them. I thought the biweekly schedule would be manageable, but with a novel to revise and multiple deadlines for various projects (including several other blogs I contribute to–see below), it has been the easiest thing to put aside. But I enjoy writing them, and I hope some of you enjoy reading them, so they will continue–but perhaps on a sporadic basis for the moment.

"Yesterday's Enterprise"That said, I’m double-dipping this week. It’s no surprise that many of my favorite episodes of Star Trek (in all its incarnations) involve time travel and/or alternate realities. So last week I was happy to cover one of the very best of these in the ongoing Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch at The Viewscreen: “Yesterday’s Enterprise“. Here’s an excerpt:

But I tell you, this episode is exciting, not least because it fills in some of the time between Kirk’s era and the TNG years, with the introduction of the Enterprise-C. (It hits some of the same buttons for me that “Babylon Squared” on Babylon 5 does, my favorite episode of the first season in which the Babylon 4 station reappears due to a temporal anomaly…) And I love this vessel, a beautiful melding of the best features of the Constitution-class and Galaxy-class designs. “Yesterday’s Enterprise” also has high stakes, gruesome deaths, and it looks and sounds more cinematic than anything on the show previously. I’m also a sucker for stories in which one ship or one person makes a huge impact for others–even in failure; we always root for the Enterprise to survive, but the idea that one crew’s sacrifice could still be a victory of sorts is gratifying.

Pop over there to see my episode recap and read reviews by me, Torie Atkinson, and our fine commenters.

I also had two other guest blog posts this week, if you haven’t had enough of me:

And finally, here’s a link to download a free PDF of Sybil’s Garage No. 7, which among many fantastic pieces includes one of my favorite short stories that I’ve written, “My Father’s Eyes”. It’s even kind of YA-ish, though with a slightly older main character, a photographer named Ambrose. And here’s the editor talking about the issue, Anne Frank, Justin Bieber, and the band Neutral Milk Hotel.

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Kirk out.

*crickets*

It’s been a little quiet around here… Too quiet, I know. But I’ve been hunting wabbits edits, revising my novel. So that’s coming along.

Happily, my blogging hiatus is nearly over, though; I have a slew of posts planned, and a wee bit of “free” time opening up soon, because (drum roll) the Star Trek Animated Series Re-Watch has just concluded! It’s been a hell of a ride*, and fortunately the series ended on a high note with “The Counter-Clock Incident.” You can read our reflections on the entire series here, and of course, check out all our reviews of the cartoon and the original series over at The Viewscreen.

“What’s next?” you might ask. I’ll pretend you did, anyway. Torie and I are planning to continue our Star Trek re-watch with the films, probably beginning in September. In the meantime, we’ll have a few open discussion threads running on the site and we’re hosting virtual viewing parties for the movies so we can share the delights and pain of the even and odd installments, respectively. So let us know if you’d like to join us for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Saturday, August 27 at 2 p.m.

It hasn’t been all work and no play, even if it often feels that way. I finally started The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (on the Wii)–not much progress yet, but it’s fun–and have been working my way through Mad Men and Skins (UK) and various other shows whenever I can justify the downtime. I’ve also been reading great books, most recently The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey and The Magicians by Lev Grossman (finally!).

So what have you been up to while I’ve been gone? Have any good television or book recommendations?

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*That could really mean anything, right? Take it however you like.

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shimmery goodness

In what’s becoming an annual tradition, a new short story of mine was just published in a small press fantasy magazine, this time Shimmer magazine. I certainly feel lucky that my story “All the Lonely People” is in issue # 13, now available for order (in electronic and print editions). I’ve wanted to be published in Shimmer since I saw the second issue, which gives you an idea of how long I’ve been sending them fiction and the value of persistence.

Some of you may recall that I read “All the Lonely People” at the Altered Fluid reading at NYRSF last June, where people didn’t hate it. Here’s a brief excerpt:

I found the woman in the last train car; her kind is usually drawn to the edges of things, wherever they can be alone, wherever they can go unnoticed. She was reading a poster on the back wall, both hands gripping the seatbacks on either side of the aisle as if they were holding her up. I could see through her to the poster, an ad for classes at some community college.

She was a fader.

That’s what I call them, those caught in that limbo that claims more and more people every day. I don’t know what that makes those of us who can see them. I assume there are others like me, but it’s not like I got a membership card and a list of instructions the day I discovered my ability. No one told me what it’s for.

You should also pick up the magazine to check out great stories by other authors: K.M. Ferebee, Erik T. Johnson, L.L. Hannett, Richard Larson, J.J. Irwin, Georgina Bruce, Stephen Case, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Poor Mojo’s Giant Squid.

And if you want to read something free while you wait for the issue to arrive in your mailbox or inbox, you can always read an interview with me at Shimmer or my shortish essay on my history with Star Trek in today’s series wrap-up at TheViewscreen.com.

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all good things…

3 seasons. 79 episodes. 1,771,561 tribbles.

We’ve watched and re-watched them all.

Almost two years ago, Torie Atkinson and I began an ambitious project to review every episode of the original Star Trek, and today we’ve finally come to the end with the last broadcast episode of the series, “Turnabout Intruder.” A lot has happened since we embarked on our own mission, with the prime directive of analyzing the show critically and honestly: We moved our Re-Watch from Tor.com to our own site, The Viewscreen. I moved from New York City to Philadelphia. We sat through interminable repeat screenings of “Spock’s Brain” to bring you our Laugh Treks audio commentary. (Now free on iTunes!) Torie hand-stitched dozens of tribbles. Hell, I think she’s still making those.

As Captain Kirk said at the end of his own journey in Star Trek: Generations: “It’s been fun.” (Sorry for the spoiler!) When I was a geeky, 13-year-old Trekkie, I never thought I’d do something useful and interesting with my love for the show, and it’s been a pleasure working with Torie on this. In fact, we already have something new in the works for The Viewscreen, after our usual bit of bookkeeping, so stay tuned. But for now, please check out our final Star Trek Re-Watch, for one of the worst episodes of the series. *sigh* Meanwhile, I’m celebrating with Jim, Bones, and Spock (on my Star Trek tie today, the first time I’ve worn it since high school), and looking forward to having a little more time to revise a couple of novels…

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bonus content!

I totally meant to include this image in my Star Trek Re-Watch post this week for “All Our Yesterdays,” but then I forgot–repeatedly. But I can’t let my masterful photo editing and the roughly thirty seconds of work go to waste, so here it is, with the accompanying text from my review:

Kirk’s also lonely in his cell, but soon a prosecutor visits to interrogate him about the spirits he’s been consorting with. Kirk defends himself, saying he was just minding his own business in the library when he heard the woman scream. At the mention of the library, the prosecutor pulls a serviceable Dramatic Chipmunk take. This subtle clue tips Kirk to the fact that the man knows where he’s from. The woman in the cell across from him unhelpfully insists Kirk is a witch and the lawman who arrested him confirms he was talking to spirits. Thanks, guys.

Yes, that dramatic music and abrupt zoom on the prosecutor’s face is one of the more ridiculous moments in the episode, but hey, this is just another example of how Star Trek was ahead of its time, even anticipating internet memes before there was an internet. (Speaking of which, you’ve seen “What’s in Spock’s Scanner?”right? Mildly NSFW.)

Even though “All Our Yesterdays” sounds like some kind of soap opera, and plays like one much of the time, it’s a solid episode. It’s the last voyage of the original series chronologically, and would have allowed the show to end on as high a note as the third season could muster. Instead, due to the whims of production schedules and air orders, we’re getting “Turnabout Intruder” next week, in which Captain Kirk body-swaps with a woman, with predictable results. But never mind that for now. This week’s re-watch was my last TOS review (as the main author, which I switch with Torie), so please take a look and let us know what you think. And you should absolutely make an effort to watch it for yourself.

It’s hard to believe we’ve finally made it to the end of the series! Torie and I started the re-watch nearly two years ago, and it’s been some of the most fun and lucrative writing of my career so far. Thanks for following along and putting up with all my blog posts about it. (It may not seem like it, but there’s more to my life than Star Trek–a claim I couldn’t have made when I was 13. Ahem.) If you’ve enjoyed this little project, please consider following The Viewscreen on Twitter (@theviewscreen) and becoming fans of our Facebook page–and blog, tweet, and share with your friends!

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