beatrice_otter: Zachary Quinto's Spock (Spock)
Title: Children of the Desert
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters: Original Female Characters,
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Rating: kid
Length: 8,203 words
Betaed by: [personal profile] laurajv 
Sequel to: The Desert Between
Summary: There are many hybrid children on the new Vulcan homeworld, including Spock and Nyota's children. Things don't always go smoothly.

AN: Vulcan words are taken/adapted from the Vulcan Language Dictionary. “mekh” means parent, I adapted it to mean “stepmother.”
“Jata” is a girl’s name in Kikuyu, it means “Star”


At AO3 or Tumblr



“But that’s the way Grandma taught me to sing!” )
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
I'm pretty sure I offered to nominate a Star Trek novel for someone.  Vulcan's Glory, I think?  But I can't remember for sure.
beatrice_otter: BSG's Six with red Cylon eyes (Six)
Going Native (150773 words) by Rap541
Chapters: 67/67
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica (2003), Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Felix Gaeta, Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Lee "Apollo" Adama, Anastasia "Dee" Dualla, William Adama, Laura Roslin, Jean-Luc Picard, Saul Tigh, William Riker, Beverly Crusher, Worf (Star Trek:TNG/DS9), Reginald Barclay
Additional Tags: Crossover, Fix-It
Summary:  What do you do when you're a lost Starfleet officer in the Beta Quadrant? You blend in and hope for the best.

I followed this fic avidly when it was first posted to LJ years ago.  I'm so glad it's up on AO3 now, which makes it much easier to both read and rec.
beatrice_otter: Zachary Quinto's Spock (Spock)
Let'thieri (25745 words) by [personal profile] sixbeforelunch 
Fandom: Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: OMC/OFC
Characters: Original Vulcan Character(s)
Additional Tags: Dominion War, Vulcan, Vulcan Culture, Nightmares, Trauma, Mental Illness, Ordinary People, Family, Telepathic Bonds, Parents and Children, War, no canon characters, Chronic Pain, Disability, Burn injuries, aftermath of war, Insomnia, Suicidal Ideation, Mourning, Healing
Series: Part 2 of T'naehm
Summary:

The war is over, but peace does not come easy.

I love this fic--I betaed it, and I'm so excited it's ready!
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
Lydia, still (2719 words) by tree
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lydia Bennet, Data (Star Trek), Jean-Luc Picard
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Epistolary, Holodecks/Holosuites, I Don't Even Know
Summary:

Rocks fall. Everyone dies.

Except Lydia.


Interesting crossover, I really liked it.
beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
Kal'i'farr heh T'naehm (11199 words) by sixbeforelunch
Fandom: Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Original Vulcan Character(s)
Additional Tags: Vulcan, Vulcan Culture, Alien Culture, Pon Farr, Marriage, The Dominion War - Freeform, world building, action takes place over a single day, tight focus, tight 3rd person POV, Ordinary People, Little Brothers, Big Sisters, architecture nerds, linguistics nerds, Sherlock Holmes fans, Clans, alien ceremonies, Arranged Marriage, Alien Food, Food, Cooking, Telepathy, Mental bonds, Telepathic Bonds, Parents and Children, Communication, no canon characters
Summary:

A meditation on marriage and war, from a Vulcan perspective, on the eve of the Dominion War.
 

Lovely fic! I am fascinated by this picture of Vulcan culture, OCs Veral and T'Lin are interesting, and I really hope [personal profile] sixbeforelunch  has a sequel planned because I would love to read more of their adventures!
beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
So, I have a question about Vulcan biology.

I have long been puzzled by the inherent illogic of a heat that can kill you.  Heats are supposed to grow the species, not reduce it.

But the thing is, terrestrial animals that have a heat, usually it's one heat cycle per year or so.  Because that gives you time for the babies to be born and grow a little bit before winter sets in and obviously you don't want to be pregnant during winter scarcity, and then by the time a year has gone by the babies are old enough/mature enough that they don't need Mama and another heat cycle begins in the spring.

Vulcan heats are seven years apart.

My first thought, as I began contemplating this, was ... how long are Vulcan pregnancies?!?  Because Vulcan children seem to grow at about the same rate as Human children (7 year old Spock in the animated series episode Yesteryear looked and acted about like one would expect a 7 year old to, and there was never any hint that he was developmentally advanced or delayed for a Vulcan), and so if you think time between heats=pregnancy+time for baby to no longer be an infant, well, you start to wonder if Vulcan pregnancies are like three years long or something.

But then I realized that I was overlooking part of the nature of a terrestrial heat cycle.  Part of it is also to time things such that no one is pregnant during winter, the time when resources are scarcest.

Which leads me to wonder: does the planet have a year that is seven Earth-years long?  It seems like that would be pretty far from Vulcan's sun--Mars has a year that's two of our years long, Jupiter's years are 12 years long, would a planet even be habitable in that range?  (And if this is the case, does that mean that all Vulcans go into Pon Farr at about the same time every seven years?  Eeep!  Talk about a disruption to the society!  Of course, if this is the case, how do they keep it secret?  Just kick every non-Vulcan offplanet for six months every seven years?)

Is there some other reason for a seven year cycle that I'm not thinking about?

But this brings me back to the first question, that’s bugged me for years. And perhaps provides an answer. If resources are (or were, when the species was evolving) so scarce that they can only afford to have a kid once every seven years, maybe it is designed to clear out deadwood. Maybe part of the reason for such a deadly heat is to reduce competition for resources which the species can’t afford to waste on non-reproducing members.

I wish fic spent less time on teh sex and more time on the biological, social, and cultural aspects of it.
beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)
DON'T PANIC.

This is a very long letter with lots of stuff, but DO NOT PANIC. I'm actually fairly easy to please; I am very rarely disappointed with a ficathon story. I write long and detailed Dear Author letters because I find such things helpful when I'm writing for other people; if you are like me, here you go! If your style is different and a detailed letter makes you feel hemmed-in, feel free to do what works for you.

The most important thing for me in a fic is that the characters are well-written and recognizably themselves. Even when I don't like a character, I don't go in for character-bashing. If nothing else, if the rest of this letter is too much or my kinks just don't fit yours, just concentrate on writing a good story with everyone in character and good spelling and grammar and I will almost certainly love what you come up with.

One thing: I do have an embarrassment squick, which makes humor kind of hit-or-miss sometimes. The kind of humor where someone does something embarrassing and the audience is laughing at them makes me uncomfortable because I identify too much with the person getting laughed at, so instead of being funny it is squicky. On the other hand, the kind of humor where the audience is laughing with the characters I really enjoy.


Pride and Prejudice, DS9, RCN series, Vorkosiverse )

beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
Stubborn Mouths: Humans In Translation (62938 words) by Hannah
Chapters: 23/23
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julian Bashir/Elim Garak
Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Jadzia Dax, Odo (Star Trek), Kira Nerys, Quark (Star Trek), Miles O'Brien, Keiko O'Brien, Benjamin Sisko, Minor Characters
Additional Tags: Disability, Disabled Character of Color, Autism, Canon Character of Color, Neurodiversity, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Alien Cultural Differences, Judaism, Jews In Space, exploring replicator limitations, Literary References & Allusions, Neko Case - Freeform, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Autistic Character
Summary:
If you’re sending yourself out to the edge of civilization, people expect it to be done for fame and glory – but then, Julian Bashir has never been what’s expected of him. He’s quite happy to agree with the reasons other people provide, because he isn’t sharing the private whys and wherefores when people are more than happy to fill in the gaps themselves. There are other, better things to worry about, work to be done and friends to be made – possibly even a lover, if he’s lucky…

...all while fighting to maintain his worth, and remain exactly who he’s always been.
This is an awesome story, taking an AU premise (what if Julian’s parents had been caught before they could have him genetically altered?) and exploring it.  I love the characterizations, I love how three-dimensional everyone seems.  But if you might be triggered by parents “treating” their child to make them “normal,” you might be bothered by this fic–we never even meet them, but it deals with what they tried to do to him.
beatrice_otter: Delenn--We are Starstuff (Starstuff)
[personal profile] laurajv asks: What's your favorite character, from any media, and why?

And the problem with this is the same problem I have with any "what's your favorite?" question, and that is that I've never had any one book or character or movie or anything that I could point to and go "this one is my favorite."  Even if you narrow it down, so it's "what's your favorite character on a particular show?" I almost always go, "well, that depends on my mood."  My fannish affections are extremely poly; I've never had anything resembling an OTP or OTC.  I mean, I have pairings that I like (I'd never choose to pair Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade with anyone else, nor Han and Leia with anyone but each other), but it's not a strong enough thing to go THEY CAN'T EVER BE WITH ANYONE ELSE.  Like, if someone wrote an interesting, well-written story with no character bashing where one of those two pairs broke up or never got together in the first place, I'd read it and enjoy it.  (Well.  Let me clarify that.  If you were going to pair Luke with Callista, you would have to re-write the end of Children of the Jedi so that she didn't end up in Cray's body, because that really, really weirds me out.  Like, ew, and then after that she went off the rails in the other two books she appeared in, but if she weren't in Cray's body to begin with those other books would be different, so.)  But my favorite Star Wars characters are probably Corran Horn and Mara Jade, if you take all things together.  (But then there's Thrawn!  Pelleon!  Padme!  Winter!)

Star Trek characters, well, Saavik and Spock for classic trek, everyone on DS9, B'Elanna Torres and Tuvok on Voyager, Trip and T'Pol on Enterprise, TNG I can't pick favorites, and TOS everyone but Kirk.  (He's too much of a fratboy.  They took out all the character's good points and exaggerated his bad ones.)

Babylon 5, um.  HOW CAN ONE PICK FAVORITES?  They're all awesome!  I start off with Delenn and Lennier, but then would I put them as more beloved than Londo and G'Kar?  And Vir and Na'Toth and Susan and Marcus?  Er.  Well, no.  I mean, my favorite culture to do worldbuilding with is definitely the Minbari which would normally dictate what characters I want to write about.  (Boy, howdy, does that happen with Star Trek.)  But I love Londo and G'Kar and Vir and Na'toth and all the rest so much I love to write them too even if their culture is less interesting to poke around in ...

Battlestar Galactica, I love me some Cylons.  Love 'em, love to hate 'em.  Particularly the Final Five.  And then there's Bill and Laura, love them!  Billy!  Felix!  Lee and Kara annoy me separately and together, but mostly because the show focused on them.  Like, Kara was not the only screwed up person in that fleet.  Neither was Lee.  And the last season and a half there were so many stretches that were all about their issues when I wanted to know what was happening to all the other characters that I love, but we didn't get it because we had to get Yet Another Go-Around on the Lee and Kara show.  (Or the Lee's Daddy Issues show.  Or the Kara is Messed Up Because Life Done Her Wrong show.  And I appreciated in the abstract how rare it is for a heroine to be allowed the kind of damage that Kara was while still being a hero, and it's rare for a heroine to have a Traumatic Backstory not involving rape (I mean, the messed up stalker guy who may/may not have raped her in that creepy New Caprica apartment came long after Kara was screwed up by her mother's abuse, it was a complicating factor not THE REASON FOR EVERYTHING), but still, it was too much for my taste.)

Once Upon a Time.  I ship Belle/Rumple but I'm glad she kicked him out--that's what I like about that pairing, that she's the kind of person who would do that if she had to, they love one another but Twu Wuv doesn't conquer all, and I have been so worried since the beginning that they would try to paper over the ethical issues inherent in that relationship and go "it doesn't matter that he's evil because she loves him!"  So I can't read much fic in that pairing because most of the fic tends to be in that vein.  I hate, loathe, and despise Hook with the passion of a thousand burning suns.  I love Emma, Regina, Neal (I miss Neal!) ...those three are actually probably my favorites on the show, and my favorite character that doesn't get enough love is definitely Neal.  (I mean, I prefer Emma with Neal than anybody else, but like I said I'm not really an OTP type person, and there's a lot of gen Emma and Swan Queen both, and lots of Outlaw Queen as well, to give my my Emma and Regina fixes.  Not much Neal at all.)  Other than that, Mulan and Aurora had so much potential, sigh.

MCU, my favorites are (in no particular order) Peggy, Sam, and Steve.  My favorite character there that fandom that fandom doesn't much care about is Maria Hill.  I believe in Jasper Sitwell.

Doctor Who!  Eleven is my favorite doctor, but Martha and Donna are my favorite companions.  I loved early!River, before she was ruined by making EVERY SINGLE THING IN HER ENTIRE LIFE EVER ABOUT THE DOCTOR AND SHE'LL DO INCREDIBLY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE THINGS BECAUSE OF HIM AND HIDE IT FROM HIM SO HE DOESN'T FEEL BAD.  Gah.  I don't have enough time watching Classic Who to have informed opinions there.  I like Rose as seen on the show, but get really annoyed by Rose as seen by fandom, where SHE IS THE ONE TRUE COMPANION AND EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS ABOUT HER AND THE DOCTOR GETTING TOGETHER AND/OR STAYING TOGETHER AND HE COULD NEVER CARE ABOUT ANY OTHER COMPANION THE WAY HE CARES FOR HER.  Because of this I rarely read any fanfic in which Rose occurs.

Stargate: Sam and Teal'c and Sha're and Hammond are probably my favorites, but I love them all.  And I was never into SGA enough to really have favorites, as such.  It was okay, and I think I saw every ep at least once, but eh.  I read a lot of McShep because there was a lot of it, but the two of them, separately and together, are my least favorite characters on the show.  It's not that I dislike them, but, look, they were the most formulaic and least interesting.

Terminator, I love Sarah Connor and Catherine Weaver and James Ellison and John Henry and Cameron and Jesse and ... look, the Sarah Connor Chronicles are definitely my favorite part of that franchise, and I love almost everything about that show except that it wasn't longer.

Vorkosiverse, again, there's nobody that I don't absolutely love.  Ivan, Simon, Alys, and Elli are the only major characters that I don't think I would ever say is my favorite.  All the rest, yeah, at different times and in different moods I would choose different ones from among them as my favorite.

beatrice_otter: Cameron Mitchell, bored with a stack of files (Schoolwork)
So there's a meme going around to pick lines from three WIPs you have.

But where's the fun in that? I have like twenty WIPs in various states of completion. Here are the ones most interesting to me/most likely to get finished:

1. My remix of [livejournal.com profile] rapfic's "Going Native"
BSG/TNG )

2. Sequel to The Desert Between

Vulcan! )

3. Untitled Teen Wolf thing.
I've never even seen a single ep, though I've read a lot of fic. It can't be that much of a problem, right? )

4. Stargate/Criminal Minds crossover
A casefic that gets personal ... )

5. Sequel to Unreal Things
Cylon!Daniel )

6. The one where Cyd Charisse was a Vulcan
Get your kicks on Route 66 )

7. The one where Anakin doesn't turn and he and Padme eventually get couples therapy.
Living together is a lot different from a few hours snatched here and there during wartime. )

8. The one about Carol Marcus and Jim Kirk's relationship.
SCIENCE! )
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)
For [personal profile] laurajv: What are the most interesting ideas about Vulcans you've seen in other people's fanfic?

Hrm.  Now, this is a tough one.  If you count the 80s Star Trek novels as published fanfic (they really are, particularly when you consider how many of those authors were fanfic authors who sold their fic to Pocket Books), well, I don't know if it gets easier, but it does get easier to pinpoint specific things and attribute them to specific authors.

See, the thing is, I have VERY SPECIFIC IDEAS about Vulcan culture, mostly derived from those 80s Trek novels.  I did some meta about it a few years, back, after the first AOS movie, and you can find it here.  My first criteria for Vulcan fics is "how well does it match up with my headcanon" and if it doesn't, then it doesn't really matter how interesting it is, it's not going to grab me.  (This is one of many reasons why Enterprise was problematic for me.)  And when I do read a fic and go "wow, awesome Vulcans!" it's usually because the author shares many of the same fanons gleaned from the Trek novels of the 80s (especially Spock's World, The Romulan Way, The Vulcan Academy Murders, Dwellers in the Crucible, etc.)  So right now, it's hard for me to list any specific interesting fanon from fic, because it gets mixed up with what was in those books to form a whole Vulcan worldview.

I mean, your fics always have awesome Vulcan worldbuilding, and I like [archiveofourown.org profile] macedon's Vulcan fics so much (Wisdom and Beauty, the Anselm series)  ... Oh! [livejournal.com profile] xparrot had a really great take on Vulcan grieving practices in Markings.  Also, [personal profile] ljc has a great meta about the Vulcan trickster T'Kay here.

beatrice_otter: Saavik (Saavik)
[personal profile] endeni wanted to know about my favorite Star Trek series/movie/character/plot arc

Which, er, is quite a problem because there is SO MUCH GOOD STUFF.  I mean, Star Trek will never be my favorite show (B5 beats it hands down), but I still love Star Trek--all of it, even the parts I don't like.

Something about everything Star Trek )

I still have fourteen days left on the meme!  Ask away.
beatrice_otter: Enterprise-D and the TARDIS (Crossover)
[personal profile] schneefink asked "Spaceships: do you like them, why/not? Which/which kinds are your favorites?"

Yes!  I love spaceships!  My first two real fandoms were Star Trek and Star Wars, and in both cases I loved the ships they took place on.  But I'm not sure whether it's the sort of love most people would assume you were asking about.  I've never cared about schematics, or whether the Enterprise could be a Star Destroyer in a fight.  (Probably not in a head-to-head battle.  A Star Destroyer is a straight-up warship, while Enterprise is a multipurpose exploration vessel that can fight when she has to.  However, that doesn't mean that the Enterprise crew won't pull a brilliant rabbit out of their hat and run rings around the Star Destroyer.  Starfleet crews are generally smart enough not to go up against their opponents directly when they are outclassed that way.)

What I love are the kind of stories one tends to get with starships.  Aliens!  Far-off planets!  Worldbuilding!  Exploration!  Adventure (and not just in the action-movie sense)!  People coming together as a crew for a common purpose!  Competence and intelligence (because stupid people tend to get weeded out very quickly)!

Mostly, I like reading and watching THE FUTURE, and not just a few years or decades into the future.  I don't like dystopias.  I don't like most apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic stories.  I want to explore what life might be like in the future, on other planets, how technology might affect things, how people stay the same and how people change.  And, y'know, when you get those kinds of stories?  They tend to include starships!

Favorites: I grew up with the Enterprise-D, and will always have a soft spot for her.  Likewise the Millenium Falcon.  But as I thought for which ships were my favorites, I had to stop and go, "but wait, what I'm mostly gauging is the people who live and work on those starships that I love, not the ships themselves."  Fandoms I love with starships and other spacecraft at varying degrees of importance (in no particular order): Star Trek (Classic, TNG, DS9), Star Wars, Honor Harrington, Battlestar Galactica, Miles Vorkosigan, David Drake's RCN series (aka Aubrey and Maturin IN SPACE), Doctor Who, Babylon 5, and various others.

So instead of a list of favorite starships, I leave you with two awesome vids about starships and the people who live and work on them.
[personal profile] bironic's Starships and [personal profile] jetpack_monkey's Starships (Monochromatic Remix)

And remember, I have many open days left on the posting meme!

beatrice_otter: Counselor Troi and Amy Pond, with the Enterprise-D in the background. (Crossover--Troi and Pond)
Title: A Daughter of the Fifth House
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Characters: Deanna Troi, Lwaxana Troi, Will Riker
Rating: G
Word Count: 2558
Summary: I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.--Douglas Adams

At AO3

Deanna gritted her teeth, shielded her mind, and stared down at the class work on the PADD in front of her with as much focus as she could muster. )
beatrice_otter: I don't want to be killed because of a typo.  It would be embarrassing. (Typo)
A while back I got bit by a plot bunny (rabid critters, I know) about classic movie star Cyd Charisse being a Vulcan stranded on Earth.  Which plot bunny I am now writing in fits and starts.

And obviously, the background information we have on her will have to be massaged to fit.  But Wikipedia is lying to me.  It says she was born in 1922 and joined the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo at age 14.  Which would be 1936, for those of you who have basic arithmetic skills.

The problem is that Wikipedia also tells me that the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo was not formed until 1938.

I am choosing to believe that Cyd Charisse was 16 when she joined the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo the year it formed, as that fits better with the timeline of my story.

beatrice_otter: Delenn--Grey Council (Delenn--Grey Council)
Title: The Mountain Rose Before Me
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Fandom: Star Trek
Rating: G
Characters: T'Lar, Sarek, Uhura
Word Count:  3,196
Warnings: none
Summary: The fal-tor-pan is an ancient and dangerous rite, unused for centuries. It is not done lightly. High Priestess T'Lar considers.

AN: This fic was inspired by Killabeez's excellent vid Dante's Prayer.
Thank you to the Vulcan Language Dictionary for certain words, particularly for help in verifying my spelling of ashv'cezh, revenge-worse-than-death.
As always, my idea of Vulcan culture is heavily influenced by Diane Duane's Star Trek novels, particularly Spock's World, which you should read if you haven't already. (Also by various other Star Trek novels of the 1980s, including The Vulcan Academy Murders, The IDIC Epidemic and Dwellers in the Crucible.)

At AO3

When T'Lar rose from her morning veneration to the gods of her ancestors, Madam T'Vas was standing just outside the shrine )
beatrice_otter: Star Trek symbol--red background (Red Shirt)
Fair warning: I am not an economist.  The sum total of my formal economics training comes from a J-term college class called "The Economics of Science Fiction and Fantasy Worlds" in which we read eight novels in a month and discussed the economic underpinnings of the worlds described therein.  My undergraduate degree is in history, however, and history is very much concerned with the economies of the past.

First, let's start with the Federation.  The Federation, we are told, has no money.  Nobody gets paid; nobody gets a bonus; things don't seem to work on a barter system, either.  There are credits, which appear but rarely, and are used as a unit of exchange; but we are repeatedly told that there is no money and credits aren't money even though we see them used as such.  Various Star Trek people, including Ron Moore, thought this was absurd, but Gene Rodenberry insisted it was so.

I always thought this was absurd, myself.  Look, resources have to be allocated.  Work has to be done, and people have to be compensated for their labor otherwise the dirty un-fun jobs won't get done.  If you don't need money to live on, I can see people having certain careers just for fun and for something to do.  Starfleet officer?  You  betcha, you would not need to pay me to be a Starfleet officer.  Musician, author, various forms of artist, sure.  Engineers and doctors and such, yes, I know people who would do those jobs without being paid (as long as their basic needs were taken care of.)  Construction, yes.  You might have a problem getting enough people to fill your society's need for those jobs, but you could get some and I'm willing to handwave that with automation and such you would need fewer of them than we need per capita today.  But plumbers?  Miners?  Bureaucrats?  You can replicate just about everything, but you still need to have people to make and maintain the replicators, and fabricate larger things.  Like houses.  You're telling me you have enough people who do that just out of the goodness of their hearts?  I thought, you don't have to run your economy the same way we do today; there have been lots of economies throughout history.  You don't have to use your money the same way, but there does have to be some form of exchange, whether money or barter.

Economic patterns from hunter-gatherer to the modern world: a history in five paragraphs. )
Future patterns with a Star Trek twist. )

So when I put all of this together, all of a sudden the Star Trek "no money in the future" schtick seems a lot more plausible than it used to.  I'm not convinced things will go this way, but I see how they could.

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. )

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