beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
[personal profile] sixbeforelunch asks: What Star Trek headcanon of yours has not yet made it into a story?

Most of it is (unsurprisingly!) about Vulcans.  For example, I have some Thoughts about how to reconcile Vulcan culture from Enterprise with the rest of the TV show.  As mentioned in my previous post, the taboo against telepathy there DOES NOT FIT with anything else we know about Vulcan telepathy ANYWHERE ELSE IN ANY OF THE SHOWS, let alone the books.  I would bet you that lots and lots of families (plus of course the monks of Gol and the priestesses of Mount Seleya) just kept quietly keeping on with what they were doing and finding ways to mislead the Science Directorate about it.

I also think that Mestral from that one episode about the Vulcans marooned in West Virginia in the 1960s got married and had kids  who formed a whole backwoods West-Virginia clan of Vulcan-Human hybrids who kept some elements of Vulcan culture and not others, and quietly imported some Vulcan things (possibly musical instruments, crops, etc.) after official First Contact was made.  And possibly also made contact with the V'tosh ka'tur at some point--maybe a few marriages?  Adopting kids the V'tosh ka'tur didn't want to raise on ships but didn't want to send back to Vulcan to be forced into line?  And possibly after Vulcan was destroyed in the Reboot universe sending aid there to help out.  (I am completely ignoring the canonical difficulties in producing a Vulcan-Human hybrid, here, and the fact that if anything the show underestimated it.)

I think that Saavik and Spock (who eventually got married, in the books) have a daughter who is on track to being the next T'Pau, and will in time become the Eldest Mother of their clan.  I think her name is Amanda.

I think that part of the reason that Perrin (Sarek's second wife) and Spock didn't get along is that Perrin didn't know how to relate to a step-son older than she was, and also (unlike Amanda) was very definitely On Sarek's Side in any disagreements, instead of staying out of them or trying to be a go-between.  And I think on Spock's part he was (however illogically) interested in finding fault with the woman who replaced his mother, and he'd have been a lot less tweaked off if his father had married a Vulcan instead, something logically arranged by the clan.  Because falling in love with a human once is one thing, and shows how wonderfully special Amanda was.  Falling twice just smacks of fetishism, and makes Amanda one in a series.  Meanwhile, Sarek loved Amanda, and he loves Perrin, but in very different ways.  He had to make accommodations for Amanda, and he changed his lifestyle for her (however much they looked like a Perfect Vulcan Couple on the outside), and marrying a Vulcan woman would mean adapting back to Vulcan ways of doing things, and he's old and doesn't want to.  Perrin, however, will maintain the human tone of the household, and she's kind of in awe of her predecessor so things can stay pretty much the same.  (She is not, however, in awe of Sarek, however much she respects him.  Spock thinks she is, and respects his father less because of it, but then he doesn't see the way Sarek and Perrin are when they are alone together.  Perrin, for her part, plays up the Dutiful Vulcan Wife around Spock because she knows it annoys him, which doesn't help his impression of her.)  She knows where she stands in Sarek's affections; she wants respect more than anything else, and he gives it to her, and she's one of those people who falls in love with a culture other than her own and wants a place in it, and he gives her that.  And Sarek doesn't like the friction between Spock and Perrin, but look, he and Spock have always had their differences, and both are stubborn, and neither have ever had to deal with one another without Amanda there to smooth off the rough edges and tell them they're being idiots and cajole them into talking, and he doesn't know how to do it with Perrin fuming about Spock's disrespect.  It's the one thing he regrets about marrying her.

Worf spent a few years as a teen trying to fit in and be more human, but eventually realized that it wouldn't get him any more acceptance from the other kids at school, and so went the opposite direction and tried to be More Klingon Than Klingons.  He doesn't really remember that phase, until Alexander comes along, and even then, he's forgotten a lot more about what he was going through than he thinks he has.

Will Riker gets a lot of crap for staying a Commander for so long.  He should have gotten a promotion to Captain years before he did.  He stayed because he loves Enterprise, and as First Officer he still gets to do the stuff he loves (front lines of exploration, getting to actually GO ON HAZARDOUS AWAY TEAMS and not stay on the bridge all the time).  And it's comfortable there, with all his friends.

I don't have any headcanon for DS9 that I haven't written because the show was so fascinating and well-written I never felt I had to fill in the gaps myself.  And I didn't pay enough attention to Voyager.  Didn't pay much attention to Enterprise, either, truth to tell, but the gaps were SO FRICKING HUGE.

There are still five days open on the January Meme.

beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
Title: Things Not Forgotten
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Star Trek TOS
Rating: general audiences
Characters: Spock/Saavik
Word Count: 2600
Written for: The 2013 [community profile] treknovelfest 
Prompt: Spock telling his wife about Zar. (Yesterday’s Son/Time for Yesterday)
AN: Sorry it's so late! November-December is one of the busiest times of the year, and most of my fannish energy in those months goes to Yuletide. And then I got distracted by other things. But here it is, eventually.

Summary: Sometimes even Spock breaks Starfleet’s rules on classified information. This is one of them.

At AO3.

I can feel you staring at me, Spock, Saavik said without turning around. )
beatrice_otter: Zachary Quinto's Spock (Spock)
Title: Five Things that Surprise Spock about the New Timeline
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Fandom: Star Trek (2009)
Rating: G
Characters: Spock!Prime
Word Count: 1,237
AO3

Five Things )
beatrice_otter: Star Trek symbol--red background (Red Shirt)
Title: A Marriage of True Minds
Artist:
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
Rating: G
Genre/Pairing: Sarek/Amanda
Word Count: 6,080
Warnings: none
Summary: A day in the life of Sarek and Amanda on Vulcan, when Spock was young.
Betaed by: [personal profile] medie 

Amanda glanced at the elegant timepiece on the wall and suppressed a sigh. )
beatrice_otter: Uhura and Uhura Prime (Too awesome for one timeline)
Title: The Desert Between
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Fandom: Star Trek
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Nyota Uhura, Spock
Word Count: 14,224
Betaed by: [personal profile] laurajv 
Summary: “All Vulcans are constrained. By our biology, by our clans, by our whole society. But women more so than men, and offworlder women married to Vulcan men most of all.” Nyota loves Spock. But she can’t have him without taking Vulcan culture, too.
Note: the title is an adaption of The River Between by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. [personal profile] laurajv wants me to write a sequel; I may, but it probably won’t be any time soon.

The most important thing for the Vulcans right now is the rebuilding of their culture and society, not the building of the new colony’s buildings. They named their new homeworld ‘rebirth,’ and that’s exactly what they want to happen. )
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
I'm a student, right?  With a month till the end of the school year.  In that month, besides all the homework and final projects, I have four fics I am currently working on:

A post-Paladin of Souls Iselle and Ista fic for[livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon 
A Sarek/Amanda fic for [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang 
A Spock/Uhura reboot post-movie fic currently being betaed by the lovely [personal profile] laurajv.
A Remix fic (for which I have yet to select a story).

That's a good number.  Enough that I'm regularly working on something, not so much I can't keep track or get the ones with deadlines done before the deadlines.

Anyway, the S/U fic is all about them discussing "where we go from here" now that Vulcan is gone and T'Pring is dead and Spock explaining all about Vulcan culture and the possibilities for their relationship within Vulcan culture and Uhura Not Happy about all the stuff he's springing on her and his lack of flexibility on what it would mean for her and possible ways of blending their two cultures rather than her just going native like his mother did.  Basically, it's my excuse to explore Vulcan culture and gender roles in fic, the fic which grew out of my meta on Vulcan culture and how it affects Worldbuilding in the New Reality.  And one of the options Spock mentions is him marrying a nice Vulcan girl who stays home and takes care of the children (hers and Nyota's) and the home, while he and Uhura stay in Starfleet and have adventures together, and come home to visit on leave.  And [personal profile] laurajv mentioned that now she really wants to read a fic about the nice Vulcan girl who's staying on the new Vulcan homeworld raising the kids, including some who are only 1/4 Vulcan.  I was like, "dude, whatever, I ain't got time to write it and the reason for stopping the fic where I do is that I genuinely have no clue what Uhura's going to decide, or if she'll figure out some kind of workable compromise."  And now, while I still don't know what the hypothetical wife's name would be, I know her backstory and who her best friend is and ... and I don't need another fic right now!  I don't have time for it!  And this is not something I could hand over to [community profile] bunny_support or [community profile] prospectus because it's so tied up in my views on Vulcan culture and the backstory that has created itself and (unlike most plot bunnies I have) it would give me hives to try and read someone else's take on it.
beatrice_otter: Zachary Quinto's Spock (Spock)
This art-deco Spock and Uhura is one of the best pieces of fanart I've seen in a long time.
beatrice_otter: Zachary Quinto's Spock (Spock)
Title: All the Difference
Author:[personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Characters: McCoy, Spock
Beta:[personal profile] tielan 
Word Count: 2,130
Summary: “We like to think we’re so much better than our ancestors, that we’ve got all these problems of bigotry and intolerance licked, and we go out into space to spread our enlightened ways, and end up making the same mistakes.”

Leonard McCoy hesitated, his hand over the door chime. )
beatrice_otter: Zachary Quinto's Spock (Spock)
Title: Out of the Depths
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Fandom: Star Trek
Rating: PG
Characters: Spock!Prime
Word Count: 2,417
Betaed by: [personal profile] ljc 
Summary: Though much is taken, some things remain.
Prompt: [community profile] treknovelfest 57--The Pandora Principle, Spock Prime & Saavik. Spock!Prime goes to rescue everyone a decade or so early.
Note: Pthak’sahaisau means “cast out fear” (thank you, Vulcan Language Dictionary) and refers to Surak’s writings: “Here is the first part of the secret: Cast out fear. There is no room for anything else until you cast out fear.” (Spock’s World, p. 312)

Spock surveyed the cavern, the largest chamber on Thieurrull, which in Standard was Hellguard. )
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Spock and SpockPrime)
There's been a lot of really great Star Trek fic written recently.  There has been a lot of discussion about Vulcans.  There have been a lot of people going back and re-watching the original series and re-reading the major books.

The Word for World Is -- by [personal profile] laurajv is the absolute best of it.  She writes about what it looks like for Vulcans to grieve, and to rebuild.  She writes Vulcans who are truly themselves, and not just humans with pointy ears.  They have a depth and realism and vitality that is breathtaking.  She also writes a Spock and Jim Kirk who are a little out of their depth, trying to feel their way in the new reality with the new insight they have into what they can become to one another.  The writing is spare, lyrical, and perfectly fits the story.  You really, really need to read it now.

An excerpt: )
beatrice_otter: Star Trek symbol--red background (Red Shirt)
My absolute main kink, whether fanfic or profic or movies or tv shows, is for solid worldbuilding.  I want to know about culture, government, history, religion, ethnology, psychology--all the soft-science background details.  So, for instance, for the new Star Trek timeline/AR, I have all kinds of ideas about how I think the surviving Vulcans will react.  My impressions of Vulcan culture are taken from all the tv shows and movies, combined with the classic Star Trek books from the 80's/90's (e.g. Spock's World, the Vulcan Academy Murders, Sarek, the Pandora Principle, Dwellers in the Crucible, Strangers from the Sky, etc.  Note that Kurtzman and Orci consider Spock's World to be canon, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  Here is a summary of Vulcan history interludes from that book.)

So, here's Vulcan culture as I have interpreted it. )

How will this affect the rebuilding of Vulcan culture? )

So, if I were Spock Prime, going off to help rebuild Vulcan society, here's what I would suggest. )

ETA: I've written a Spock/Uhura story that grew out of this meta: The Desert Between.

beatrice_otter: Star Trek symbol--red background (Red Shirt)
There are those who complain about the romantic relationship in the new movie, saying it's not true to the original series. I present here a clip from TOS to the contrary:

Spoilers for new movie! )

Basically, while they weren't in a relationship in TOS there was definitely chemistry ... and I can look at these scenes and believe they have a history.

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