templemarker: star trek tos: spock with a red mask on (red makes him feel pretty)
First: an addendum to the previous resourcey meta post. [personal profile] sinatra does a more concise account of money in the Federation. I would only say further that "money" is not the same as "currency," and that the politics of the Federation are such that capitalism is no longer the driving force behind economic growth.

Additionally, intelligence abounds in [livejournal.com profile] skywaterblue's thoughts on 24th century economics, in terms of Class M (hominid-habitable) planets and energy credits that is well worth looking at. I have to say I'm pretty firmly planted in the 23rd century right now, but she makes some excellent points--and I think that further supports my assertion of that currency is not equivalent to money per se in the UFP.

However, that's some stuff I might come back to later, because I have finally sacked up and put together my posts on Spock.

It is in three parts.

Yeah, I know.

(Quick reminder: the Star Trek universe is often wildly contradictory in and of itself, and that's okay! But the information I'm presenting here is based largely on a compilation of those stories designed to provide new or revisiting fans with an infodump for their fanworks. It's perfectly fine to use contradictory source material.)

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Let's go. To understand Spock, you have to understand where he came from, and to understand that you need to know about Amanda Grayson and Sarek. I was delighted that they appeared in XI, despite the circumstances that played out, because in the TOS episode "Journey to Babel" their introduction was so influential on the audience's understanding of Spock. So: Spock's momma.

Amanda Grayson (is so awesome). )

Sarek. )

Sybok. )

Perrin Landover. )

T'Pau. )

So that's the family. Next up: the Life of Spock, and the Whole Deal With Vulcans and Romulans.
templemarker: (love is pain)
So I still haven't finished my post on Spock. I'm sorry for the lamitude; all kinds of nonsense has been happening at Casa Templemarker and I just haven't managed to get it done. There's all this meta stuff I have to get through, and sorting that out reminds me of this Bioethics paper I wrote last year, in the less-than-fun sort of way.

But whatever! I was talking with my beloved E about Star Trek at lunch today, as you do, and we ended up getting into the very important discussion of UFP Economics. So like, there has to be an economy, right? But Gene Roddenberry, bless him, said stridently that there was no money in his future. (This was Paramount Canon, which meant it was TNG and beyond Canon. Picard explicitly says that there's no money in the future in "First Contact." This is an enormous pain in the ass.)

In the true nature of ST canon, though, it contradicts itself like a Klingon having Romulan Ale, neat. For example, there's a credit system in place in TOS, TNG, and DS9 (the show; the station itself had *some* kind of economy, but because of the Bajoran and Cardassian influence, that doesn't necessarily speak to the UFP's manner of currency), and gold-pressed latinum is clearly of currency value, likely because a) of its scarcity and b) you can't replicate it.

But the theory is, if you can provide food, shelter, healthcare, and education to all of your member worlds, colonies, fleet of starships, etc., then what do you need money for? And whether Roddenberry intended it or not (I'll err on the side of not) he did set up a level of economy in Star Trek: the acquisition of Dilithium. (Speaking of GPL, and in support of this notion, Quark asked if dilithium was the method of currency in the DS9 time-travel episode "Little Green Men," suggesting that it's commonly accepted as having monetary/barter value for entities outside of the UFP. But I'm getting ahead of myself.)

Dilithium, if you haven't gleaned this already from Scotty telling you that he can't make the Dilithium give any more than she's got, Captain!, is the thing that makes warp travel possible. One of the reasons the Constitution-class starship was so exciting (in the original timeline and presumably AOS) is because it was among the first class of Starfleet ships to utilize dilithium instead of lithium. It's what made deep space exploration possible--it could handle greater warp speeds more efficiently over a longer period of time, cutting down not only on travel time but also drydock/starbase repairs.

Dilithium: in the same series as Kryptonite. I bet Superman couldn't fix a warp core. )

To break out an old phrase, money is power, and in Star Trek, dilithium crystals are money. So keep in mind that whatever Kirk and his crew do in AOS, the need to grow in power and in numbers will be a huge priority for the UFP. They have to replace the thousands of cadets who perished at the Battle of Vulcan to maintain their fleet, they have to compensate for the loss of Vulcan's millenia-long influence on the Quadrant and the Federation, they need more dilithium crystals to power the new fleet of ships that will have to be rebuilt, and they have to contend with a newly riled imperial presence from the effects of Nero's incursion into the timeline. The joyous optimism and wonder of TOS doesn't quite fit in this new version of the universe; everything's gotten a bit scrappier.

I spent a bit of time nosing around the Starfleet shipyards today. There's not a whole lot there, but it's really f'n pretty. I can't wait until I can have an LCARS of my very own.
templemarker: stxi: kirk demanding to know who ate the last cookie (last cookie)
In the last resource post we covered the basics of the Star Trek universe. In this one we're going to talk about the life and histories of other TOS characters, except for Spock, who is getting his own post because I am way too bloody chatty about the dude to make it fit into this one.

We're going to start with Uhura, because she's been on my mind lately. Things to keep in mind as you read this and all subsequent resource posts on Star Trek at this journal: there is a lot of information, almost five decades worth, and a lot of it is contradictory. The majority of it does not conform to Paramount's canon guidelines, but if I include it here it's because either it's generally known among the fandom pre-Trek XI, it could be useful for the fanworks people put together, or it's just that damned cool.

Nyota Uhura. )

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Montgomery Scott. )

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Pavel Chekov. )

Let's go to Sulu, or as I call him, HI JOHN CHO HOW ARE YOU SO HOT.

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Hikaru Sulu )

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Hoo boy. McCoy's next. Here's a corker for you. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. )

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So that's the main characters from The Original Series. There's a handful of minor characters that are helpful to know, since they do or probably do exist in the alternate reality of Trek XI, and since we weren't given their stories it would be awesome if people made them up themselves.

Christopher Pike )

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Christine Chapel. )

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Gary Mitchell. )

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Yeomen Smith and Rand. )

Okay. I think that's everyone. Spock gets his own post, which might be next because I need to talk about the Romulans some more, and if I talk about the Romulans I need to talk about the Vulcans. That seems a pretty good point to go into detail about Spock, since he was embroiled with both races to the point we see him in Trek XI.

As before, I welcome discussion in the comments. Let me know if I missed something or someone! This is a lot of information and it's easy to muddle something up.
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This is a brief introduction to Star Trek, primarily as a relevant guide for writers new to the vast breadth of and wealth of canon, fanon, books, comics, movies, cartoons, and stuff out there in the universe of Star Trek. It is also what devoured my Tuesday evening like a three year old with a cookie. Three things before we get into it:

1) This is not complete nor is it meant to be comprehensive. You want comprehensive? Pick an article at Memory Alpha and start working your way through the related topics. Those folks have detailed every piece of minutia relating to Star Trek in the last 44 years, and while I wish they had chosen a better stylesheet to present it in, my hat's off to them. If you think I missed something/got something wrong, mention it in the comments.

2) This introduction is geared primarily towards new writers in the fandom, hopefully to provide a easy way to get relevant information and offer a straightforward guide for further investigation. I love all the writing you're doing, people, and I want to make it easy for you to write more.

3) I'm going to use TOS to indicate The Original Series and AOS to refer to Alternate Original Series, i.e. Star Trek XI. It's not an endorsement of AOS as a descriptor, mind. It's just easier to type.

So! In the beginning there was the Milky Way Galaxy. )

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The United Federation of Planets. )

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Starfleet. )

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Klingons, Romulans, and the Borg, oh my! )

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Cool. So now we know the lay of the land a little bit. Here's some basic biographical information about Jim Kirk and his time on the Enterprise. All of this is drawn from TOS and original-storyline materials unless stated otherwise. There will be a booklist at the end of this, I promise. Or threaten. Maybe both.

Jim Kirk. )


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So there you go. Introduction to Star Trek, Starfleet, and Jim Kirk. If there's interest I'll do a round-up on Spock and the rest of the crew; a lot of Spock's life is covered in AOS, but to really understand the timeline of Spock to the point we meet Spock Prime in AOS, you need to go through a bunch more stuff that I am happy to consolidate here for you.

Relevant novels. )

Other things:

Star Trek Countdown 1-4. The prequel tie-in comics to Star Trek XI; great bridge between the events of Unification and XI, and fills in some honkin' big plot holes. 52MB zip file; you will need Comical (Mac) or CDisplay (PC) to view. www.mediafire.com/?qyiuzgmz5y2

Star Trek Universe Map; really big detailed map of the stuff in the Milky Way Galaxy. JPG, 2MB. mediafire.com/?yy4h2j0zigc

Navigational Manual; truly fascinating pseudo-physics and guide to the ST Universe circa 1980. PDF, 45MB. mediafire.com/?n0tmzh0yzmj

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