A writer's rant: the Star Trek Perspective
To seek out new life, new civilizations. To explore strange new worlds. To boldly go where no man has gone before.
Familiar words for anyone who watched more than one episode of Star Trek. The life and times of captains James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Catherine Janeway, Benjamin Sisko and Jonathan Archer. I thoroughly enjoyed the series and the movies. And I have spend many enjoyable hours with the Star Trek books. The Deep Space 9 tv series ends with the ascension of Benjamin Sisko to the Prophets or the wam hole aliens. The open end of open ends. Terrible. Fortunately, the books continue where the series stopped. Real page turners, if you like the genre that is.
Star Trek is pure escapism for me. Sci Fi and Fantasy is my genre. I readÂ Â Â to relax, to be entertained, to travel around in the realm ofÂ imagination. Sometimes I prefer the darker realms, like Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant or the Cyberpunk of William Gibson. To follow the guiding hand ofÂ R. Daniel Olivaw as he fulfills his duties toward mankind in Asimov’s works. And Frodo, courageous, kind and sad Frodo. Frodo, who shows us that even in victory we still have to bear the scars of the battle.
As someone who wants to write fiction I still have to learn how to create characters. Like Thomas Covenant, a man that is so difficult to like or understand. A leper filled with hatred and bitterness who rapes an innocent young girl early in the book. And yet, six books later, he still captures me when he sacrifices himself in order to contain evil. To create such a complex character without loosing your audience is definitely something I want to learn.