Blog Prompt #10 – Character Sexuality/Relationship Mixes

Blog Prompt #10 – Character Sexuality/Relationship Mixes We see it all the time. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Etc. etc. etc. Lather, rinse, repeat. But that’s not what always happens in real life. Sometimes, boy meets boy. Or girl meets girl. Or someone wants to change genders. Or someone is attracted to more than one gender. Plus, in canon, there are relationships that cross species lines, and there are marriages that are between more than two individuals. IDIC According to a 2011 Williams Institute study, about 3.5% of the United States identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual. If the percentage holds true, then the NX-01, which had 83 crew members, would have had three gay, lesbian or bisexual persons on board. The Enterprise-E, a Sovereign class, which...

Book Club Choice #2 Author Q&A

Book Club Choice #2 Author Q & A Once again, we find ourselves sitting in a book-lined library, a crackling fire nearby (none of the books are on fire), a tray of lovely canapés nearby. I am sitting here with Michael Garcia and we’re here to talk about Agamemnon. Q: Why an Expanded Universe? How does this story fit in with your own plans for your universe? Is this a corner, or more of a cornerstone?   A: I think in order to answer that, I have to talk a little bit about why I wrote Agamemnon in the first place. Just prior to writing The Quarterdeck Breed, I had finished writing The Misadventures of January McKenna, which was an alternate universe novella about a young ensign starting her career right as the entire universe is yanked out from under her....

Blog Prompt #9 – AUs, Original Characters and Settings

Blog Prompt #9 – AUs, Original Characters and Settings The Trek universe is wide-ranging and varied, and there are hundreds if not thousands of canon characters, races, planets, ships and scenarios. What happens when authors take it to another level? Original characters can be fine examples, with multiple dimensions, believable personality traits and compelling back stories. Or they can be reincarnations of Mary Sue. Original settings can be truly unique and interesting. Or, they can be thinly veiled canon with a fresh coat of paint. To those ends, what do you think of using original characters and settings in fan fiction? What’s the best setting for an original character? Is it as a lone figure, thrust into a canon ship or situation? In a group of original...

Blog Prompt #8 – Branching Out to Other Fandoms

Blog Prompt #8 – Branching Out to Other Fandoms Our blog prompt comes from SL Walker, who asks – Do you have any other fandoms you participate in aside Star Trek? Are there any you’re interested in? Any original work you do? And do you ever find something you do there inspires something you do here? Let’s hear it! We’ve got responses! mdgarcia wrote Prompted: Branching Out SL Walker added Other Fandoms FalseBill’s contribution was 3-4-All #8 Other Fandoms Fictions jespah wrote Branching to Other Fandoms You are always welcome to join us on the forums! Be sure to check out the Archive! Welcome! Since its founding in early 2009, the Ad Astra Star Trek Fanfiction Archive strives to bring you quality fanfics without any of the headaches. Our...

Boldly Reading Book Club #2 – Agamemnon

Boldly Reading Book Club #2 – Agamemnon Our next Boldly Reading Book Club selection is mdgarcia’s Agamemnon. The story is rated M. Introducing Agamemnon A new executive officer arrives on the Agamemnon, as Richard James thinks he’s gotten himself on the fast track to a sweet promotion. But all is not sunshiny, as he’s met with less than perfectly opened arms. And then discipline is a little … lax. There’s a nice word for it. For James, it’s a culture shock as he sees the captain’s yeoman hanging around the captain perhaps a little too much, the chief engineer is less than cordial to him and no one seems to have done any paperwork in a dog’s age. The Characters The cast is small, and easy to follow. There’s the...