Fantastic article thankyou.
Fantastic article thankyou.
Dear Eleanor, this was a wide-ranging and strong article, but I think in asking ‘How Queer is Star Trek’, you missed out on the excellent, expansive and normalised representation of queer characters in Trek lit. Not the slash of Kirk/Spock but the real representation of queer characters since the late 90s. I think my… Read more
World weary Tig Notaro and her very simple, yet moving expression of grieving her late wife did more for my LGBTQ awareness than all the poorly plotted and poorly written melodrama with Stametz and Culber.
I understood why there wasn’t more, if any, LGBTQ+ representation in TOS and TNG as it was a different time and the writers and directors, even producers are still beholden to the will of the studios and networks, which were not onboard with literal representation but at least TNG tried through allegorical means. Read more
I forget which episode it was, but at one point on TNG Guinan was describing romance, and Whoopi Goldberg successfully got her line changed from “when a man and woman fall in love” to “when two people fall in love.” I’m sure she treasured slipping that one by Berman.
Once again, to hell with Rick Berman for a great many reasons.
Eh... I think this one is legit. There’s a huge difference between running off many copies of one thing on a press and having an individually customizable news aggregator. And the Internet didn’t really have comments sections for quite a while. Read more
I find it super odd and slightly spooky that I was reading this article and after just a few paragraphs I thought to myself “Black Panther and Steven Universe kinda fit the bill of localized utopia with Wakanda and Beach City” only to have both referenced by the time I finished reading the article. Read more
I recently read the Wayfarer series by Becky Chambers and I haven’t gone through a science fiction book, let alone three, so fast in ages. It’s about post-Earth humans and their alien allies, living and working together in space. They’re charming, inclusive, human stories that will make you feel good. The books are… Read more
I do love utopian fiction and it’s been more prevalent in short fiction I’ve noticed. It’s hard to do well though because you really have to be thoughtful and self aware to prevent it from taking a sinister turn. I’ve seen a lot of discussions about it (re: literature anyway) which is a good sign but we’ll see if it… Read more
I think the key difference between DS9 and the rest of Trek is one word: consequences. Yes, there were TOS and TNG episodes that revisited the events of previous episodes (hell, the best Trek movies —Wrath of Khan and First Contact— were based around this), but those were always the exception rather than the rule. It… Read more