Hey, there’s Tumblr’s own ViolinistBAKA doing a violin rendition of the Star Trek theme. This one’s a lot of fun.
Hey it’s a comic! Wondermark #943; Don’t Give it to Me Straight
The closets are trash chutes. The garage is an old well. The doors are simply holes in the ground. At some point it becomes less a question of being confused about quotes as it is being confused about a lot of things.
After the past month’s privacy scandal after privacy scandal and liberty scandal after liberty scandal involving the NSA and the American administration, I’m rapidly moving from being “uncomfortable hosting my data in a US-controlled cloud” to “feeling ethically bound to vote with my wallet in order to send a message”.
TANGENTIALLY RELATED: A thing I made a while back, when I first began thinking seriously about Wreckers again.
See this shit? No me gusta.
Does no warp drive mean no faster-than-light travel at all? That’s harsh!
There are alternatives to warp drive—epsecially the simplistic style presented in Trek—such as jump drives, gateways (perhaps requiring slower-than-light ships to go exploring to emplace them, like in Iain M. Banks’s The Algebraist). You can even have space opera set in one solar system (Cowboy Beebop, Banks’s Against a Dark Background, and Flash Gordon I think). Sticking to slower-than-light travel with generation ships and hibernation would be hard to maintain for an ongoing series of Planet of the Hats episodes like in classic Star Trek.
Warp drive in later Trek is a bit like the horses=motorcycles thing in fantasy books: writers just don’t get what a big deal interstellar travel is, they have no real understanding of the scale differences, and treat warp drive as if it is just a slightly faster form of rocket.
I am in the awkward position of pretty much agreeing with Spike’s list and at the same time being the creator of a comic called TOSS set in the Original Series milieu (or at least my version thereof). In my interpretation of TOS, to go at high warp you need bigger and bigger engines—and the Enterprise is at the limit of how big they can build. The old space ship of my comic was built to be a large fast ship, but is now considered cramped and slow by comparison and relegated to less interesting missions, much like the poor old laptop I am typing this on.
Not sure there is much I can do about human dominance and forehead appliances apart from trying to impose a moratorium on introducing new human characters, and not using klingons. I’ve tried to invent aliens who even if they are still boringly bipedal are at least hard to imagine represented by a human actor. I considered drawing some of the canon species to look less human but really that would be a bit presumptuous of me. Interplanetary monocultures are hard to tackle in the TOSS format of very short stories; I had ambitions to hint at andorians coming from different cultures but I don’t think it really comes through in the comic.