Trek Talk: Is the Prime Directive Ethical?

Trek Talk: A new series of blog posts where I talk about Star Trek.


For those unfamiliar with Trek, the Prime Directive (or General Order One) states the following:

No starship may interfere with the normal development of any alien life or society.

Sounds great on paper, but sometimes in practice??? Not so much.

On a typical Friday night, I’m usually watching some flavor of Star Trek. The other night I got together with some friends for dinner and The Next Generation was on in the background, as you do.

The episode in question is Season 2: Episode 15 — Pen Pals, in which Data somewhat accidentally on purpose starts exchanging messages with an unknown individual in a nearby, non-spacefaring planetary system. He is intentionally ambiguous about his own identity during these radio comm links, but he realizes that by communicating with this person at all he is breaking the Prime Directive.

As the Enterprise approaches the planet, they realize it is in serious volcanic turmoil and will soon destroy itself. Oops. So now Data is emotionally involved in the situation and wants to save his friend. Ruroh. Can we see where this is going? Continue reading

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Free Christmas Story!

cat-christmas-wallpaper_10Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a great holiday season. I am currently curled up on the couch with a mug of coffee in hand and a roaring fire in the fireplace. I ate entirely too much delicious food yesterday, and I will most likely do it again today. That’s what the season is about, am I right?

So, earlier this month, I had the urge to start a derpy little Christmas story about a kitten in outer space. There’s just not enough scifi holiday stories in the world, and everything is better with kittens. SO. Without further adieu, here’s a free Christmas story for you all:

The Christmas Stowaway

This story will only be available on the blog until Jan 1st. Hope you enjoy! And have a great Christmas Day, everyone!

[EDIT – 1/1/14] This story is no longer available. Thanks for reading!

❤ Laura

Science Fiction Fans: Read “Analog!”

I’ve recently become really interested in the short story as a writing form. Nowadays it’s easy to forget that there was a time not so long ago that the “tale” was the leading form of published creative writing, and the novel did not yet exist.

In any case, if you’re looking for a great source of sci-fi short stories, here’s a journal for you: Analog – Science Fiction and Fact. Analog offers short stories from some of sci-fi’s greats, as well as up and coming writers. That’s the fiction. As for the fact, Analog also publishes non-fiction articles on topics pertaining to current events in the scientific community.

So go check it out. You can get Analog at Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, or subscribe through Analog‘s site to get your new copy delivered directly to you every month. It’s also available as an e-book for Nook or Kindle.

Reading short stories is a good way to get us thinking about writing short stories. If you don’t feel you’re ready to tackle a novel yet, or if you want a small side project to distract you from your novel, maybe try a short story. Too often I think it’s easy to forget that there are other forms out there aside from novels. There is still a place in the publishing industry for short fiction. And getting a few short stories published in journals like Analog might be a nice way to build a reputation for yourself when starting out as a published writer.