Boldly Reading Book Club #6 – Matters of the Heart

Boldly Reading Book Club #6 – Matters of the Heart Our next Boldly Reading Book Club selection is M C Pehrson’s Matters of the Heart. The story is rated T. Introducing Matters of the Heart The story opens with the aftermath of the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Lauren Fielding’s beach house needs repairs, as do a lot of other places, after the damage done by the mysterious probe (spoiler for the film: the probe was eventually stopped by whale song). Lauren thinks back to someone she misses. That person turns out to be Spock. At the same time, the post-resurrection Spock is thinking of someone. That person turns out to be Lauren. The book takes place within the Original Series film universe, after Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and more...

Blog Prompt #16 – What Have You Learned from Writing Fan Fiction?

Blog Prompt #16 – What Have You Learned from Writing Fan Fiction?   It’s exactly as the title says – what has writing fan fiction taught you? And what do you think it can teach others? Bonus Question! What do you think, specifically, posting and reading fan fiction on Ad Astra has taught you? We’ve got responses! Miranda Fave added Fan Fiction Learning Curves FalseBill gave us 3-4-All:- Blog Prompt #16 – What Have You Learned from Writing Fan Fiction? jespah wrote Lessons from Fan Fiction 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 a...

Book Club Choice #5 Author Q & A

Book Club Choice #5 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 Funngunner and we’re here to talk about Their Finest Hour: Fire and Rain, Part One and Their Finest Hour: Fire and Rain, Part Two. 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?   Their Finest Hour was placed in the expanded universe for several reasons. The first, quite simply was it provided more freedom of movement than focusing on the existing characters, and it allowed more facets of the characters to come out. The characters are – I hope – not always...

Boldly Reading Book Club #5 – Their Finest Hour: Fire and Rain, Parts One and Two by Funngunner

Boldly Reading Book Club #5 – Their Finest Hour: Fire and Rain, Parts One and Two by Funngunner Our next Boldly Reading Book Club selection is Funngunner’s Their Finest Hour: Fire and Rain, Part One and Part Two. The stories are both rated T. They take place during the ENT time frame. Introducing Their Finest Hour: Fire and Rain, Parts One and Two In canon, the Xindi attacked Earth and killed seven million people, and created a huge gash in the planet, stretching from Florida down and into South America. The attack itself was shown for less than a minute on television. In canon, the Enterprise crew deal with the aftermath. But they weren’t on the ground. The Characters The cast is small, and easy to follow. There are, mainly, JJ Carmichael,...

Blog Prompt #15 – Blog as a Character

Blog Prompt #15 – Blog as a Character Depending on how this goes, this might become a more regular feature of Boldly Reading. So, here’s the idea. Write a blog post as if you were a character, completely in character. This can be a canon character, or your own original character. Or, if you get permission, it might even be someone else’s original character. Because the calendar is changing, your subject is transitions. Don’t forget to answer as the character. How do you handle them? Do they frighten you? Inspire you? Sicken you? Amuse you? Tell us about a memorable transition. Maybe one that went well. Or, if you dare, one that didn’t go so well. Bonus questions! Let’s say you meet a character. It could be a canon person, or not....

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...