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|Tuesday, December 16th, 2014|
Rainbows and Continuity: Fan Media from the Star Trek Association of Irvine
“This new Enterprise doesn’t seem very rainbow to me. The show’s planners, I believe, fell into a rut of racial indifference.” What exactly is the complaint in this critique of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Roddenberry etc., 2007)? The critic may simply seem to desire racial and perhaps sexual diversity in representations on ST: TNG. However, the critic identifies as a fan and is addressing other fans in a fan club. In the context of Star Trek fan culture, the critic may be interpreted as expressing a nostalgic desire for the old Enterprise in the original series of Star Trek (Roddenberry etc., 2004). It is conceivable that such a critic cares about diversity of representations because this diversity is required for continuity with the idealized older series. We might be inclined to ask, which of these two investments is the operative desire in this critique of ST: TNG? By drawing on the archives of the Star Trek fan club at the University of California, Irvine, I argue that these investments can be co-defining in the reception of Star Trek. By helping us understand how the fan can be defined through social consciousness and how social consciousness can be defined through the principles of fandom, STAI contributes a new model of reception to studies of Star Trek fan media.( Rainbows and ContinuityCollapse )
Research on Star Trek fan media (e.g. Jenkins, 1992; Drushel, 2013) had yet to account for the specificity of the Star Trek Association of Irvine (1977-1991), a science fiction fan club at the University of California, Irvine. The Star Trek Association of Irvine had a peculiar and informative reception of Star Trek that contributes to the research on Star Trek fan media. Because audience participation affects reception (Hansen, 1991: 66), it is important to understand the Star Trek Association of Irvine’s (STAI’s) reception of Star Trek by analyzing STAI’s fan fiction and other fan club materials, e.g. newsletters, fliers, and STAI’s biweekly publication, the Rank Amateur Press Association (STAI, 1984-1991). STAI’s materials have shown us one way in which policing the image of the fan (the Real Fan) negotiated with norms of reception. STAI had to posit its own image of the fan in the context of a larger discourse of science fiction fandom that revolved around a particular construction of the fan as an excessive and ambivalent investor (Jenkins, 1992). Through reflections on proper fandom, STAI members participated in a disciplining of fans as syncretic (social mixing, genre mixing) and yet also consolidated by the exclusion of people and genres lacking a system (cute people/characters, fantasy). This imaginary fan and its imaginary science fiction world have come to frame larger social critiques offered by STAI, for example interweaving critiques of social representation on Star Trek: The Next Generation (Roddenberry etc., 2007) with critiques of diegetic consistency with Star Trek (Roddenberry etc., 2004) the original series.( Works Cited...Collapse )
|Friday, December 5th, 2014|
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|Saturday, August 30th, 2014|
Fic find request: Sulu/Chekov, grad school/academia to Starfleet Academy
I'm looking for a fic that I last read about four years ago. It's Sulu/Chekov, set pre- and during-STXI. They meet in university, where Sulu is pursuing his doctorate in ...botany? (Not sure what Chekov is doing, maybe he's an undergrad?) When Sulu finally, FINALLY finishes his dissertation, Chekov asks what he's going to do next, and Sulu replies "Quit. I'm going to become a pilot."
That is pretty much all I solidly remember about the fic, that one line about quitting to become a pilot. Some discussion with a friend has led me to think it might continue on to Starfleet Academy, where Sulu stresses out about being in classes again, and then go through at least the beginning of STXI.
Any help in tracking it down would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
|Friday, August 22nd, 2014|
|Monday, August 18th, 2014|
Star Trek Friendshipfest - Free-For-All Round!
The stories for the Star Trek Friendshipfest will be revealed on the 23rd, but for anyone who couldn't take part originally or who has more friendship fic in them, I've declared a free-for-all round until then! All you need to take part is an AO3 account.
For the free-for-all round you can write as many things as you like for anyone taking part in the fest, and there are no minimum word counts - drabbles and ficlets are a-ok!
To join in, browse the Requests Summary, write for any prompt you like, then post it to the Star Trek Friendshipfest collection as a gift for the prompter.
Have fun! Less than a week until stories go live! \o/
|Sunday, July 6th, 2014|
Star Trek Friendshipfest!
Hello all!I'm running a Star Trek friendship-themed ficathon... Details here...At the moment we're in the tag nominations stage, so if you're thinking of participating, check out the profile/FAQ and then head over to thetagset and check out which friendships are nominated so far, and nominate any extra ones you might like to write or read about!Actual sign-ups open on July 12, until July 20! Tell your friends! :)
|Friday, July 4th, 2014|
FIC: Nothing is Promised by Ivycross
Nothing is PromisedAuthor/Artist Name:
IvycrossPrompt Number and/or Title:
Star Trek AOSPairing:
GMedium or Word Count:
Character Study, Fluff, RomanceWarnings/Content:
Spock is given a reminder that his time with Jim is not infiniteNothing is Promised
|Wednesday, June 4th, 2014|
|Sunday, May 11th, 2014|
|Saturday, May 3rd, 2014|
James T. Kirk - Womanizer, Feminist, Both?
There's currently a campaign going on Twitter, Tumblr and other places to Stop Roberto Orci
from being named as Director of the new Star Trek movie. The reasoning behind this is multifold - I'll refer you to the link - but one of the points someone raised was that classic TOS Kirk was a "raging feminist", while Orci's Kirk is pretty much the opposite of that.
This struck me as a little odd - you don't have to watch more than two minutes into The Man Trap to see some of Kirk's opinion on women, and there have been several other moments where I've been made to cringe watching him get his mack on. The womanizing is actually why I still have yet to be able to get through the entirety of TOS.
But there is also evidence to support the idea that Kirk supported gender equality
and treated women with respect,
and that makes me question my previous conclusions. After all, it was Pike who said "I can't get used to having a woman on the bridge." Kirk didn't seem to share that concern.
What's your take?
|Thursday, April 24th, 2014|
Fic: You're My Evening (Star Trek TOS, Kirk/Spock)
Title: You're My Evening
Author: Mattias Ayla, that's me
Series: Star Trek TOS
Pairing: Kirk x Spock, Spirk, whatever you like to call it
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek, or the characters, or the actors, or any of that jazz.
Word Count: 669
Warnings: reference to Season 1, Episode 30 "Opertaion--Annihilate!"
Summary: A distressed captain led to distressed shipmates and could eventually lead to anarchy if left to fester. It was only logical to stop potential disaster at its source.You're My Evening
|Sunday, April 20th, 2014|
|Tuesday, March 11th, 2014|
Hello!! This is just a reminder that our second year of slashorific will begin in just a few days! We hope to see old faces and new as our fest continues.
|Saturday, March 8th, 2014|
Looking for a Star Trek fic with pining!Kirk crossing into a parallel universe (Kirk/Spock)
I'm new to this community, so I hope I'm allowed to ask for help in locating a fic.
Here is what I think I remember:
It takes place after Vulcan was destroyed (after the 2009 movie). Jim is in love with Spock, who doesn't return his feelings. Jim has access to some kind of portal that allows him to cross into a parallel universe in which alternate!Spock was bonded to alternate!Jim but is now a widower. They have their happy ending, and Spock from the "original" universe more or less changes his mind about Jim, but too late.
I think the access to the portal was a gift to Jim from an alien race, because Jim had helped them.
It's not much and I didn't have any luck with Google and various keywords, because most of the results point me in the direction of mirror!verse fics. And the fic I'm looking for wasn't in that verse.
Also, I'm 95% sure the fic was on A03 (but no luck with the tags there either).
I hope someone knows the title and/or the author of this fic.
Thanks in advance for any help!
|Thursday, March 6th, 2014|
A Viewer's Guide for Fans of Dr. McCoy!
INTRODUCING a detailed viewing guide for STAR TREK: The Original Series, focusing on Dr. McCoy. Read about his best moments, episode by episode, and read reviews of the films and novels. All cataloged for easy sorting of every sort. Read, start conversations about your favorite episodes, and generally enjoy the awesome that is Bones McCoy!Click Here to View!
|Tuesday, February 11th, 2014|