Let’s talk about Star Trek. I’ve been a massive fan since my childhood, and have a ridiculously large collection of toys, action figures, books, magazines, computer games, and random memorabilia). So, yeah, Star Trek, I’m totally into it. The latest movies haven’t pulled me back into fandom, but I have a feeling the new television programme might. We don’t know a lot about it yet. We know it’ll be called Star Trek: Discovery, and we know that the creators really don’t want us to shorten it to STD (they really should have thought about that before calling it Star Trek: Discovery then, shouldn’t they?). We know that they’re claiming that the storytelling will be more like a novel than episodic (which I’m guessing means it’ll be more like the later seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, rather than the earlier ones of Star Trek: The Next Generation). And we know, as seen in the trailer below, that the ship is weird looking.
You guys, we need more Demora Sulu in the world. We first met her in Star Trek: Generations, but when I think of her, I think first of Peter David’s novel The Captain’s Daughter. Demora is strong-willed, determined and awesome. She had a tricky childhood that led to an unsettled relationship with her father, Hikaru Sulu, but that didn’t stop her from forging a strong path in life. The Star Trek: The Lost Era novels give us tantalising glimpses at her life and career, moving from helmsman of the Enterprise-B to Captain of the Mandela. And I want more of her. So much more!
Star Trek: New Frontier
Set aboard the USS Excalibur, Star Trek: New Frontier mixes characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation with newly created, delightfully diverse characters. The Captain, Mackenzie Calhoun has a mysterious past. The XO, Elizabeth Shelby is an expert in fighting the Borg, and was once engaged to Calhoun. The rest of the crew comprises of a former Thallonian nobleman, a Hermat chief engineer, a Vulcan chief medical officer, a human operations officer, a Vulcan/Romulan science officer, a Brikar security officer, and a (mostly) human navigator. There’s an excellent mix of male, female and non-binary crew members, and the aliens outnumber the humans, leading to all sorts of interesting cultural interactions. It definitely deserves to be translated to the small screen.
Star Trek: Titan
Set after Star Trek: Nemesis, Star Trek: Titan takes several characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and mixes them with a range of brilliant original characters. Setting out to renew Starfleet’s goal of peaceful exploration after wars with the Dominion and the Borg, the USS Titan has a deliberately ‘biologically varied and culturally diverse crew’. This gives the novels scope to explore ideas of gender and sexuality, while still remaining incredibly Star Trek-y.
And there we have it. The Things I Want 😀