Blog Prompt #14 – Beginnings

Blog Prompt #14 – Beginnings To dovetail with the AOS, let’s talk about beginnings First sentences, first kisses, first missions, etc. – what are some of your favorite ‘firsts’ on Ad Astra? What sorts of openings and firsts and premieres get you to keep reading? Bonus questions! How do you convert blank pages and blank computer documents into works of art? How do you get first ideas? What gets you started, or re-started?                     We’ve got a response! SL Walker answers with Beginnings. 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 community of authors offer...

Book Club Choice #4 Author Q & A

Book Club Choice #4 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 Niobium and we’re here to talk about Indiscriminate Dust. The Alternate Original Series is sometimes a tough sell. A lot of people don’t feel it is Trek. With your work, you seem to respect AOS and TOS and meld the two, more or less seamlessly. Is that your intention?   It definitely is. I love the AOS for bringing TOS back in a very different way, at a time when our relationship with technology is much closer to how TOS imagined it, and as our understanding of science in general and space in particular is pushing new boundaries. AOS is far from...

Blog Prompt #13 – What’s Star Trek?

Blog Prompt #13 – What’s Star Trek? To go along with this month’s AOS selection, here are some questions to chew on, since so many people feel that the JJ Abrams universe somehow is not Star Trek. What does it mean to you when a story is described as being Star Trek? What are the characteristics? Is there a bright line between Trek and not-Trek? Bonus questions! What are some of your favorite explorations of AOS on Ad Astra? How do you think these stories would change if they took place in TOS or one of the other series? We got responses! False Bill said, It’s Trek but not as we know it jespah asked, What’s Star Trek? 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...

Boldly Reading Book Club #4 – Indiscriminate Dust

Boldly Reading Book Club #4 – Indiscriminate Dust Our next Boldly Reading Book Club selection is Niobium’s Indiscriminate Dust . The story is rated K+. Introducing Indiscriminate Dust It’s after Star Trek: Into Darkness, and the Alternate TOS crew is on its mission of exploration. The landing party is on an unnamed planet. There are numerous ruins, of dubious structural integrity. Spock, as in both TOS and AOS, finds himself holding Captain Kirk back a little, from just jumping in. But at least, this time, Kirk holds himself back. And then he and Uhura find a second location, which is more structurally stable. Looking inside, though, they find something else. Whoa. Let’s back up a second. The planet is deserted, seemingly utterly bereft of intelligent life....