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: stxi: kirk demanding to know who ate the last cookie (last cookie)
I'm about a third of the way into my post about Spock, and there is just so much information to compile. Hopefully I'll have it up tomorrow, but in the meantime, my "people are wrong on the INTERNETS" rage is sufficiently peaked to address something I'd planned to talk about after the backstory resources were done. Namely: authorial intent with regards to Star Trek XI, and the problematic necessity of a Director's Cut.

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Thar be spoilers under this cut.

Why Adam Roberts is wrong. )

Why Abigail Nussbaum is wrong. )

Why John Rodgers gets it right. )

How did we ever get by without audio commentaries and Director's Cuts? )

If you skipped (or made it to the end!) of my pontificating, here's your reward: Wired Magazine's fantastic TOS retrospective pictures, compared side by side with screenshots from the new film. Ace.

Also of interest: Bad Astronomy's science review of Trek XI, which is particularly interesting if you take into account the science Orci & Kurtzman describe as being the basis for Star Trek XI.

As well as the Shuttle Atlantis wake up call last month (right click save target as). NASA at Houston woke up the crew with the original TOS theme song, and the whole exchange just made me laugh in delight.

Oh god, now that I got all that out of my brain, I have to get some sleep.
templemarker: stxi: kirk demanding to know who ate the last cookie (last cookie)
I'm getting a headache trying to put together a post on Spock and, like, all the stuff that happened to him, and it just keeps getting bigger, longer, and uncut. The headache and the post. So while I wrestle with that, please allow me to share a couple things with you:

1. Check out this absolutely wicked picture of the TOS cast back in season two. It may or may not be my desktop right now. Look at all the primary colours!

2. So, a Kirk/Spock vid set to the "Glee" cover of Journey was the first thing that greeted me from the internet today, and let me be the first to tell you: my life is better for it. Don't Stop Believin', because Spock is nothing if not a small town girl.

3. I discovered that [community profile] starry_sea existed today, and made me a happy little TrekLit fangirl. Essentially it's devoted to the Star Trek novels and why they are awesome and we love them; if you're just getting into Trek for the first time (and haven't been scared off by all the ridiculous backstory I've been putting together) this would be a great place to start getting into some of the canon-ish stuff that's been around for several decades.

4. Similarly, [livejournal.com profile] nestra is running an interest poll about a TrekLit inspired ficathon. This is clearly the most awesome thing to happen since that Journey vid I just linked you too (this newly invigorated fandom is so ridiculous every single day), so go take the poll and watch for that.

I think I'm going to go watch XI for the fourth time to clear my head of Spock's incredibly complicated life and get some perspective with the application of Zach Quinto.
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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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