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Link to discussion at Eldritchhobbits journal (SPOILERS!), which developed into an analysis of the Pike-Spock interaction in the new timeline (page down for it).

For anyone who wonders how to interpret a certain intense scene...

(Still on the fence, maybe because I want to finished my started story before I jump the band wagon :))
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So lately cyranothe2nd posted an interesting meta about 50 Shades of Grey...

About books, erotic fantasies, and the problem with it )
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Not big on writing meta and methods, usually, but I really liked this article and the others she's written (linked on the bottom of this one):

http://thisblogisaploy.blogspot.jp/2011/06/how-i-went-from-writing-2000-words-day.html

Definitely very good advice here (timeline, I hear ya, sigh...)
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I usually don't write gender-swap but it was a challenge, and I choose Dax. Why? Because while I love Sisko and Dax together, they've got that damn intense friendship vibe between them that somehow kills the romance, so I could never write this pairing.

The second I switched Dax's gender, though, my brain obviously had the leeway to write out all the Sisko/Dax I always had in my mind, which IMO started already with Curzon - yes, I love mentor-protegée relationships :)

Jadzia Dax is my femme-crush and that kiss with Lenara Khan... yum yum yum!

But to get her together with Sisko, I had to switch her gender. Sorry, lovely Dax!

More meta

Apr. 6th, 2010 06:45 pm
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So there's another thinky post linked around, namely Not your granddaddy's Iowa... which includes much thinking about the effects of the Eugenic Wars and WW III.

I'm the first to admit that I never really worked with these wars, but OTOH there are things that aren't completely round for me in the argumentation.

* The Eugenic War itself. It's all over the place in Star Trek what exactly it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Star_Trek#Eugenics_Wars_and_World_War_III

"First Contact" is the one movie that used the theme, so it might be canon that Earth was devastated at that point. The original references don't necessarily add up to this. I like the idea of Cox' novel that the Eugenic War happened in the 1990's (which is the first, specific time reference given TOS about it) but behind the scene, though I never read the novel. I just think it's a clever way to deal with a war in a time we already passed. The danger of dating Sci-Fi too close to one's own time...

* Let's assume we really had a big war of apocalyptic prospects. Humans had to unite against the Augmented - yes, they probably would. But in many conflicts, after the unification due to external pressure, new conflicts develop once that external source is gone (think WW II and the allied nations). Europe united after WW II (and it took some pains and about forty years) but did not after WW I - in fact, the catastrophe of the first war was the direct foundation of the next war. So just because you went through major disaster together does not automatically unite everyone in one happy party, it depends on all the details that happened before and during the conflict.

* Then "First Contact" is a very good example how contact would probably NOT work out, at least when you believe this scientist regarding the impact of direct contact:

"During contacts between different human cultures in the past it didn’t matter whether the ‘discoverers’ met the ‘discovered’ close inshore or on land. In both cases the roles mentioned were the same. For the ‘discoverers’ the discovery far from their home proved their superiority, correspondingly for the ‘discovered’ the fact, to be confronted with strangers on their own territory, proved their inferiority. In all historic cases the discrepancy regarding the technical level of transport was interpreted by both sides as a sign of superiority and inferiority respectively.
Much more probable [than a positive scenario] would be a global existential shock which would lead to the collapse of many social, religious and political institutions on earth. And this is independent of the motives, goals and technological capabilities of the extraterrestrials."

(source: SETI and the Consequences (PDF, p.5); German articles by the same author: 1, 2)

The author scientist is rather concerned that this might happen to us, so he suggests we move our outposts and satellites as far out into space as possible, because the farther the contact point is away from your home, the less frightening first contacts will be. Landing with a spaceship in the middle of unsuspecting, poor, post-catastrophic humans might not be a good idea.

* Regarding the future: Starfleet is often supposed to be completely multi-racial - nothing in canon ever showed this, IMVHO. We mostly see ships with humans, with a headquarter on Earth (soCal, even ;). Vulcans have their own ships. Other races have their own fleets and agenda. In ST VI the Klingons comment on the Federation being a Homo Sapiens Club and despite the various aliens, it sure looks as if humans call the shots rather often, after starting out (if you believe ENT which I don't necessarily do) as the bad-behaved kiddie that lays the Federation foundation in the end. I see the main species having their own headquarters per planet, their own fleets that all somehow are in one Federation, but not necessarily ONE fleet.

* The Federation will have to find some smallest common denominator, but we don't know how it looks like and AFAIS each planet will have a lot of possibilities and leeway for "local" politics. As we do in Europe right now, a constant battle between national and international interests with quite some energy put into the details, and many people of the involved countries unsatisfied with the results.There will be a broad variety of lifestyles but very likely not all in one place.

Dang, I wanted to write story instead of meta but I love all these ongoing discussions - even though it seems I'm not half as optimistic as the general Star Trek fan.

Here, have a classic DS9 quote at the end:

"Let me tell you something about Hew- mons, Nog. They're a wonderful, friendly people -- as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts... deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers... put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time... and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people will become as nasty and violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Just look at those faces... look in their eyes." (Quark)

*hearts DS9 for its realism*
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This posting isn't completely thought-through but I thought I'd just throw it in for dicussion.

First of all, my recommended reading of the day for this is affectingly's entry "Meta: Slut-Shaming, Monogamy, and Non-Monogamy in Star Trek" (including the various discussion posts), which is interesting and thought-provoking.

As someone who writes a kinky poly relationship, I frequently wonder how the future will look like in terms of acceptance of difference. Here an assembly of things I come up with.

1) Technical development and cultural development do not match.
(AFAIS, the first is exponential now, the second linear.)

2) History is full of liberal/conservative cycles.

3) Just because something might be allowed on planet A within the Federation doesn't have to mean it will be allowed on planet B.

4) When it comes to sex and relationship, humans frequently work on their prehistoric brain level.

5) Majorities will always try to tell minorities what they should do.

6) Religions will keep interfering.
(I don't use that in my fic because I dislike the thought, but I frankly don't believe religions will cease to exist.)

7) Racism will mostly find a new level, because humans keep thinking in terms of "we and the others".

Taking all of this into account, I don't see how the heteronormative monogamous system that currently rules the planet Earth will simply end. It will get less restrictive and easier to live outside the pattern, and within Starfleet, political correctness and acceptance of difference will be standard and when people violate that, they'll be the one to get a kick in the ass. But I doubt the same could be said e.g. about rural Iowa.

I hope that self-chosen "families" (tribes, packs) will be more common,but I'm not sure that will happen.

I doubt that name-calling of minorities will ever end, and I fear that many gender inequalities will likewise not completely disappear.

I don't think we're come really far compared to the old Greek, for example. Large parts of Earth are even quite medieval concerning their cultural level. Maybe the interdependence that modern technology causes will result in a generally more open society but that would be IMO quite a change from all the past cultural developments. It would have a new quality. (Which might be the next evolutionary step we need to take, hmmm.)

I wish I had a more positive view on future society, but I don't, really. So if you have greater hopes, I love to read your comments here. I might add new points when fitting :)
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An article about the original content of "smarm" (link courtesy to [livejournal.com profile] catalenamara in a meta discussion somewhere).

The article contains some valuable insights into gen people who still want a deep connection between the characters (including physical stuff, yes, I'm thinking of G.D. right now ;)

But this is IMO wrong: "People who are slash fans readily admit that they are fans of slash itself, not of any particular set of characters." My experience in fandom looks different. And this particular idea I heard more often from OTP fans who just can't get it why anyone would be into another slash pairing as they are....*slight sigh*

.oO[livejournal.com profile] metafandom eats my life this morning. But the meeting is prepared...
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Possibly something for K/Sers and other slash fans in my flist:

Fanthropology: Penley and K/S Slash (seen via metafandom)

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