Review of Star Trek: Prime Directive

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Lest you think that my complete and utter disdain for The Wrath of Khan means that I loathe Star Trek; please enjoy my review of what I consider one of the Best of the Trek books ever written.

Prime Directive: Giant Star TrekPrime Directive: Giant Star Trek by Judith Reeves-Stevens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with so many things Star Trek, you have to overlook some things to find the gems of each story. In this case, you actually overlook the actual threat that causes the events of the story to unfold; once you are presented with it, it seems very old-hat and almost expected. And, of course, the usual Trek trappings such as FTL drives, transporters, and all those pseudo-SF elements that make Star Trek such a fun universe.

Yes, you overlook all that… in order to appreciate the real drama of the story. Kirk and his officers have apparently intentionally violated the Prime Directive, and caused an entire world to die. They are disgraced, they are ostracized, they are forced to go into hiding… none more than James T. Kirk himself, considered the pariah of the Federation.

But that’s not acceptable for the officers of the Enterprise. The report of what happened is wrong. And they’re going to prove it. Continue reading

The success of series

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The Avengers (Marvel Studios)

The Avengers (Marvel Studios)

As I write this, The Avengers is well on its way to becoming another record-breaking movie.  As well, we have seen three Twilight movies, four Pirates of the Carribean movies, six Star Wars movies, umpteen Harry Potter movies, sequels to The Hunger Games and Iron Man are in the works… you know what?  I could blow three or four paragraphs on all the sequels and series of movies out there.

Suffice to say, continuations are popular in movies.  And why not?  A movie can only pack in so much information… a typical 2-hour movie is perhaps the equivalent of a 100-page book, and these days, books pack in 3-400 pages.  Multiple movies are a great way to get in all of the book’s content (well, more of it, anyway) and provide more well-rounded entertainment to the moviegoer.  Continue reading

Should we hide the “science fiction” label?

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Science fiction, as a genre, has always had a “no respect” aspect to it… well, maybe not forever, but certainly all the way back to the early 20th century, when it was popularly used to entertain youngsters and fill low-budget preview space before movies.

It’s an odd realization, considering the fact that science fiction has also been a noticeable part of a number of entertainment genres, and has not always been considered an element undeserving of respect or denigrating to the story.  Take The Boys From Brazil, for instance: A thrilling drama that would not exist if not for its SF elements, but which is still considered an excellent story. Continue reading