ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
I had fun watching, and liked it a lot more than the last one.

cut for spoilery comments )


Sep. 7th, 2012 19:32
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
The interactive Google doodle today is kind of adorable. The crying redshirt letter in the beaming scene was a nice touch. I am a bit baffled though why they decided to comemorate Star Trek's 46th birthday. It seems an odd anniversary to pick.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
...to do Star Trek Reboot fanart recs this month on [community profile] fanart_recs. My first rec is here. (Don't worry, I won't spam you with cross-linking every upcoming individual rec, I'm just currently still trying get more people to join, thus the repeated linking. *g*)
ratcreature: RatCreature as Linus: Dear Great Pumpkin,... (halloween)
Authors should really indicate if they spread out the posting of parts. If they have a posting schedule I like to know when to check as to not miss anything, and I also like to be prepared that I won't get to read the whole thing right now.

I don't mind even following unfinished WIPs but if I see a post linking to 1/3 in community and the notes talk about the story as if it is finished, I assume that all three parts are posted in the linked journal. But recently, especially it seems in Star Trek Reboot, headers neglect to mention staggered posting/WIP status. I guess I'll have to remember to check myself in advance. *grumble*

That said, the Reboot time travel murder mystery of which I just read the first part is a really promising opening, which probably explains why I'd have like to get the rest right now.
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
This is a thematic list (i.e. not recs) for stories about Ancient/Non-Reform Vulcan, i.e. stories featuring a Vulcan society without their emotional control. This can be either real Vulcan in the past at any point before Surak's Reforms (whether set then, or with time travel from the canon time period), some kind of alternate universe in which Vulcan devolped differently (mirror universes, parallel universes etc.) or even a society of Vulcanoid people who are living on another planet (e.g. were seeded by the Preservers or a faction of Vulcans who colonized the planet in the past, with the exception of the Romulans, who are not counted for this trope). Not included are stories that focus on individual Vulcans loosing emotional control, or just feature some tradition or rituals that date back to ancient Vulcan.

These are not recs, but a thematic list. I'll link gen stories as well as all kinds of pairings. Also, while I label for pairings and include the author's summary, I don't list detailed warnings, and due to the nature of this theme stories frequently may feature violence, slavery, dub-con, and non-con among other things, so readers following links should take care and check out the full story headers. It is split in TOS and Reboot for now, but if anyone has TNG, DS9, VOY or ENT stories featuring this, I'd add those as well.

So far I have eleven TOS and five Reboot stories, but I'd love to find more.

Star Trek thematic list: Ancient/Non-Reform Vulcan
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
...before I felt the urge to compile thematic lists for Star Trek. I asked for stories featuring the Ancient Vulcan trope on [livejournal.com profile] st_ficfinder, and between some links there and my own bookmarks and searching I have now have already about twenty or so. And I find myself thinking "hm, that would be enough to be worth a thematic list." Argh.


Jul. 27th, 2010 01:44
ratcreature: WTF!? (WTF!?)
The weird things you see when browsing Fanlore... I looked at scans of the wraparound cover of the K/S zine T'hy'la #12 (front and back) by Marilyn Cole, and looking at this I have no idea what is going on in this cover, especially on the Spock side of it. I mean, okay, I assume that's some kind of savage or pre-Reform Spock, and I can ignore that the very muscled body doesn't look all that Spock-like (maybe pre-Reform Vulcans work out a lot). But why is his hand transforming into a gross sticky web? (or is it tentacles?) It looks extremely creepy to me.

I keep wondering, is this a literal thing, illustrating a story in which Vulcans have weird biology and this is some kind of shapeshifting hand-sex-organ, what with it capturing Kirk, or metaphorical somehow, maybe symbolizing bonds via touch telepathy? Or maybe it is just decorative. I tried to figure out what it illustrates a story from the zine's TOC, but nothing stands out as an obvious match.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
I was doing an image search, and google showed me a bunch of TOS pictures in which we see them use circular slide rules. <3!

Unfortunately the page these came from was about slide rules not about Trek, so it didn't say which episode or context they were used in, and I actually haven't watched any TOS in ages, and then not even all episodes. (And in fanfic the apparently canon slide rule use seems to get fanwanked away in favor of technological progress. At least I don't think I've ever seen a TOS fanfic with slide rule use. Alas.)

But I'm sure someone on my f-list will know which episode(s?) this is. *hopeful look*

three pictures with the slide rules of the future behind the cut )

ETA: Found! The first is from Who Mourns for Adonais, the other two from The Corbomite Maneuver. Fandom is awesome.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
I've been wondering whether there was any Star Trek fic that somehow deals with the ongoing consequences of that apocalyptic phase Earth had before the utopian Federation in the Trek universe with the Eugenics Wars and WWIII and such. Not adventure stuff like some frozen Augment surfacing, but more slice-of-life fanfic in which the mundane longterm annoyances of living on top of former sites of industrialized warfare come up. Like the environmental damage or how the Earth citizens in former target and strategic places may on a semi-regular basis get their lives disrupted, because some uncleared weapon remnants resurface or the like.

I guess that with the improved Federation tech making cleaning up easier they probably have cleared much of that warfare legacy and pollution by the time the Trek series take place. OTOH from what I vaguely recall of the flashbacks we got over time to that era it's not out of the question that in hurried and chaotic rebuilding with first contact on top of it some duds somewhere in the ground that hadn't been exploded so far didn't seem like a priority. Or they just poured some concrete on the nuclear contaminated waste hoping for the best and that it won't be worse than the increased overall background radiation they are bound to have.

(This was brought on by some idle musing as yesterday evening there was once again some travel chaos and public transport disruption, because they had to evacuate an area, after they found some unexploded WWII bomb or other that had to be defused. Which is a fairly common occurrence here, especially when they are digging around in the harbor area. They usually have to evacuate five hundred meters around such a site, so that means a couple of thousand people living there have to be elsewhere for a few hours, and inevitably some train track is affected and closed, and a bunch of buses get disrupted and you get chain effects in the connected lines too.)

So have you ever read any Trek fic like that?
ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
Because I'm procrastinating on my SGA Reverse Bang piece, I've decided to do a process post about my last fanart, the one for the Trek Reverse Bang. That painting took me a long time, and quite a lot of work spread out of over three months, and maybe some are interested how I get from the first idea to a finished painting.

image heavy )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Characters/Pairings: James T. Kirk, Spock, Nyota Uhura, Leonard McCoy, T'Pau; the accompanying story is Kirk/Spock
Media used: pencil drawing, acrylic paint
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This was done for the [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang challenge, and [livejournal.com profile] tinocka wrote a story, In Marsh and Desert, for this painting that you all should check out. [personal profile] astridv gave some helpful input on the perspective at the pencil stage, however any remaining problems are my fault. This is the first time I tried to just do a painting based on my pencils, rather than do inked lineart first, so it is somewhat of a deviation from my usual style. I hope it still works. The original painting is A3, and I included some hi-res details in addition to the screen sized picture to give a better impression of how it looks in reality. The thing took forever to paint, so I kind of want to show off the amount of work that went into it. (If anyone wants the whole image in 300dpi I can mail the file, but it's about 4.3mb.) ETA: I've made a process post about this painting.
Preview: preview of Trek Reverse Bang art
the image and two high resolution details are behind the cut )
ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
To entice myself to tackle the background of my trekreversebang piece, I've been looking at Vulcan screencaps: to try to get a handle on Vulcan art and design in general, to help me draw background and decorations. I'm trying to decide what styles Vulcan stuff resembles, and on Enterprise in particular it seems somewhat Art Deco inspired, like if you look at this screencap of Vulcan buildings. Similar vistas in Reboot movie are less clear in that direction, but I can't place them otherwise either (I'm not really good at recognizing art styles).

I also looked at the other movies, but the Vulcan design there seems very stark, with not much in the way of decoration, except for the clothing with their robes and hats and such. Some of those seem kind of Asian-influenced maybe? But I couldn't say whether they resemble anything in particular, as I'm rather clueless about Asian art and design. TOS the series itself with the special effects of tv design being what they were at the time is not all that inspiring. I mean, in Amok Time we see that stone henge like circle with that elongated hexagonal gong, and T'Pau sitting on a chair (I can only assume that it seemingly being made of wood on a planet that does not have much in the way of trees makes it so special, otherwise it is rather sucky as far as impressive thrones go).

Back to the newer designs, in both the Reboot movie and in Enterprise we see quite a number of monumental statues (kind of like that giant Jesus statue in Rio, which I think is art deco too). Is there any canon that gives an explanation as to why they love monumental statues, or whom these are depicting? I'd assume at least some may be Surak, especially the ones from Enterprise that seem to stand around serenely, but there are also some with weapons and in the Reboot movie in their underground chamber some of them seem to carry weapons too, so I guess they are older pre-Reform? Or maybe a reminder not to forget the past. Are there any common interpretations? I mean, usually gigantic statues are around for a reason besides being decorative. And do you think they would put up some with weapons again when they are settling on their new planet, or would they stick with peaceful ones when they rebuild?

Anyway, overall there doesn't seem to be a single Vulcan style, which I guess makes sense as there isn't a single Human style either, and the examples are from different time periods too. Do you like any particular design choices for Vulcan better? Or find them more sensible than others? Any insights?

Then a few days ago I asked on a canon questions comm about the Vulcan scripts, but it seems we really don't have any info what the few samples we see mean. Also nobody seemed to know of any Vulcan symbols besides the IDIC one.
ratcreature: Woe! RatCreature feels emo. (woe!)
I had started reading a long K/S story this morning, but then I had to do something else, and bookmarked it to continue later, and now the archive is not there anymore! I only get a MySQL database error?

ETA: It seems to be back now, but it's still disturbing to have it vanish on me. *pets infrastructure*
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)

[livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang

This is a Star Trek (TOS and Reboot) challenge where the art is created first, and then authors write a story inspired by it.

I didn't make a post to promote this directly after I signed up, because I had seen a couple on my f-list, and I did not want everyone to get annoyed at seeing too many promo posts. But just now I looked at the post where anybody can drop by to leave prompts to give artists ideas and provide inspiration, and there has been only one(!) comment so far (and okay the prompts are optional, but still). Clearly this hasn't gotten enough exposure yet. So you should drop by there even if you don't want to sign up as artist or writer, and just throw a couple of ideas out for things you always wanted to see done in Star Trek fanart.
ratcreature: RatCreature is dead by anvil. (dead)
In case you wonder, I'm not baffled because of the tasty food, but because I encountered this pairing smoosh for McCoy/Scotty for the first time in the wild just now. I'm waiting for the inevitable "Scones & Spork" label on fiction with several pairings. It just makes you to want to eat it up, I guess, which the the boring "K/S, Mc/Sc" of the olden days just can't accomplish.

I'm just never getting used to these, am I?
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
Harry Potter

House Colours, by Sarka. Slash, Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy. (ca. 12,800 words)
This is a Slytherin!Harry with Gryffindor!Draco AU, and I really enjoyed it, not least because it had a Ron who was first friends with Draco and then Harry, rather than the Ron-bashing that is so depressingly common in Slytherin!Harry stories.

Stargate: Atlantis

Snakeheads: A Love Story, by Leah. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard/OMC. (ca. 17,600 words)
I never really expected to read a John/Rodney/Goa'uld threesome, but this was written by Leah, so of course I gave it a try, and wasn't disappointed. This one was far more fun than you'd expect with this setup.

The Little Sister, by Martha. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. WIP
I like film noir AUs, and ever since Vegas I like seeing Sheppard as down on his luck detective even more, but what makes this AU great is that the alternate reality is still based on Stargate. The setup is really intriguing, and I like that in it the Goa'uld were smarter in their take over of earth, smart enough that the majority doesn't even think of them as bad guys.

Strange Aeon, by Slybrarian. Slash, Sheppard/Mitchell, Sheppard/Lorne. WIP (ca. 32,000 words so far)
How could anyone resist a mix of Lovecraftian space monsters and with Stargate? The series is still a WIP, and I'm really enjoy how this is subtly different from canon, and the world building and hints of mythology so far have me hooked. And I like Cam in Atlantis.

To the Wide Outposts (ca. 7,490 words) and The Known From the Unknown (ca. 12,000 words), by Vain_glorious. Gen, Ronon Dex, John Sheppard.
I've recced the other two stories in this series (Where the Ways Divide and In the Nights When I Am Lone) already, but in case you missed these two that have been posted since my last recs update, it doesn't hurt to point the 'verse out again. In it Sheppard has been made a runner by the Wraith and is found and taken in by Ronon and his Satedan squad.

Star Trek: Reboot

Open Up My Eager Eyes, by June. Slash and femslash, Kirk/Spock, Uhura/Gaila. (ca. 15,000 words)
This is a fusion with Pump Up the Volume that was written for [livejournal.com profile] reel_startrek. I really enjoyed this, even though I'm not particularly into high school AUs or into making Spock a human/loosing the SF elements in Trek fiction.

Lensflare Lover, by Leftarrow. Het, Pike/Enterprise, Pike/Number One. (ca. 7,300 words)
This has a cool premise in which the spaceships have avatars.

In Truth, by Mint_amaretto. Slash and het, Kirk/McCoy, Spock/Uhura. (ca. 3,570 words)
This is a really creepy, twisted AU, as any mix with the Dollhouse concept (not the series itself, more the basic premise) should be.

The Sky Was Made for Us Tonight, by Waketosleep. Slash, Kirk/Spock. (ca. 5,500 words)
In this AU Vulcans decided to supervise humanity more closely, and Kirk and Spock are delinquent rebels together after meeting in a holding cell and staging a prison break. I enjoyed this scenario a lot.


Untitled SPN Snippet, by Cofax. Gen. (ca. 1,300 words)
I wanted this to be longer and an apocafic epic rather than a snippet, but the world building was still interesting.

Teufelshunde, by July. Gen. WIP
In this AU Sam and Dean grow up with a foster parent after John has been arrested. I really like the OC and the structure with the flashbacks here works for me, even though flashbacks aren't my favorite things.

Rain Falling Down, by Maychorian. Gen, Bobby, Castiel, Jimmy, Dean, John. WIP (the series, individual stories are finished, ca. 20,000 words so far)
In this AU Castiel travels back in time to prevent the apocalyse, but things go wrong and he gets stuck in his host as a kid without his full powers, and lots of angst and h/c ensue.

And Burn the Long-liv'd Phoenix in her Blood, by Tabaqui. Gen. (ca. 6,800 words)
In this AU Mary survives, but they still hunt. I enjoyed the setup and look at their lives.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
As You Are, by [livejournal.com profile] 13empress. Slash, Kirk/Spock. (ca. 10,700 words)
I don't often rec PWPs, but this one has a really cool perspective, in that it is alien-kink, but from Spock's POV, so the humans are the ones looked at through the xenobiology lense. The AU premise (though I guess it could converge with canon) is that before Spock attends Starfleet Academy he wants to have a human sexual experience, as he has heard all kinds of things about human sexuality. So he spends a day with rentboy!Kirk. It's not humor, but not extremely angsty either.
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
I know I have ranted about the usage of "Spock Prime" in the narrative and dialog just a few days ago, but since then I've come across this far more often. Like every day I see stories doing this. More than one. It occurs even in stories that I found on rec lists, not through random, at-your-own-risk browsing. (In case you're wondering, [personal profile] musesfool recced this offender.) Just, WTF? This is getting out of hand if you can't even trust recs to protect you.

Please tell me that some fan somewhere has written a Greasemonkey script or something to do word replacements on the fly in your browser to fix epithets, and I can adapt this to replace every "Spock Prime" with "Ambassador Spock".

ETA: Thanks to the awesome [personal profile] gnatkip I have now indeed found a script that will do this word replacement for me. Greasemonkey to the rescue.
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
Stargate: Atlantis

Love Is a Long Long Road, by Hily and Telesilla. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. (ca. 40,000 words)
If you like romance mixed with kink this AU is right for you. John and Rodney meet in college, get together and start a D/s relationship (with John as submissive). There are even two endings to choose from, one more fluffy, the other more angsty.

In the Nights When I am Lone, by Vain_glorious. Gen, John Sheppard, Ronon Dex. (2,768 words)
This is a sequel to the Where The Ways Divide, a short role reversal story in which Sheppard is a runner and found by Ronon and his Satedan squad, which I have recced previously. This story explores some more how Sheppard might fare on Sateda.

Black Mountainside, by Whizzy. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 66,000 words)
I've recced the Black Helicopters series before, but this new novel-length story has been posted since, so I thought I'd point it out again in case you missed it. In this AU Sheppard joined the SGC before Rodney, and then they meet when Sheppard crashes an alien craft in a test flight, and recruits Rodney.

Star Trek: Reboot

An Illogically Beautiful Mind, by Anonymous. Slash, Kirk/Spock. (ca. 5,100 words)
This is a fusion with Good Will Hunting.

A Little Left of Ordinary, by Anonymous. Slash, Kirk/Spock. WIP (ca. 6,300 words so far)
This one is a retelling of the movie in a vaguely steampunkish fantasy setting where magic also works. I really enjoy the worldbuilding so far.

Of Sentinels and Anchors, by Corpus Invictus. Slash, Kirk/Spock. (ca. 13,000 words)
The premise of this one is that Sarek died when Spock was young, so Amanda raised him on Earth and he lacks Vulcan training. As a result Spock has also problems controlling his telepathy. I really liked the Spock-angst and h/c. If you mind the "special mental bond" trope you might want to skip, but in that case Kirk/Spock is probably not your pairing anyway. I however have a soft spot for the same.

Nothing Lay Between, by Dancing Mercury and Jantra. Slash, Kirk/Spock, Pike/Spock. WIP (ca. 43,300 words so far)
Spock is given to Kirk by the Vulcans as a reward. The premise sounds as if it could only work if the setup is in alignment with your kinks, but this one actually has good worldbuilding, gradually gives background for the differences and isn't all that over the top when it comes to changing the characters.

The Hounds of Morrigan, by Hounds_morrigan. Het and slash, Kirk/Spock/Uhura. (ca. 20,000 words)
In this AU Nero was smart enough to destroy Vulcan, Earth and the Federation right away rather than wait for Spock to be able to gloat. The resulting apocafic universe is not that close to canon, but who could resist Uhura, Kirk, and Spock ending up as badass and somewhat traumatized crazy space pirates? It has the additional benefit of working for my slavefic kink and some others. On the flipside, if you don't share my fondness for a variety of non-con and power inequality kinks, you might not enjoy this as much.

Only Good for Legends, by Leupagus. Het and slash, Spock/Uhura and Kirk/Spock. WIP (ca. 19,300 words so far)
This takes place in the Star Trek universe, but Spock has become a police detective on Earth rather than joining Starfleet. I'm enjoying the worldbuilding and the bits of character background that have been revealed so far to explain the changes. It has some angst (the whole cynical detective aspect and some of Spock's backstory) but is also quite lighthearted and funny without being crack or parody.

Time's Divergence, by Logical_stimuli. Gen, Kirk, Spock Prime. (ca. 6,600 words)
This is domestic kidfic fluff that will make you feel warm and fuzzy: Spock comes through the wormhole at the same time as Nero, and because both of Kirk's parents are killed Spock raises Kirk.

Of Pilots And Groundbreaking Inventions, by Misfit_fandoms. Gen, Sulu (though the author labelled it as pre-Chekov/Sulu). (ca. 4,900 words) WIP?
The premise here is the Enterprise as a steampunk ship with an oddball crew. This feels more like a setup rather than an entire story, and the author said there might be more in this universe, but even as it is the atmosphere of this AU is neat and I enjoyed it as it is.

Twice Shy, by Sarka. Slash, Kirk/McCoy, implied Spock/Uhura. (ca. 20,000 words)
Bones is a werewolf, pining after Kirk. I never knew I wanted a Star Trek werewolf fic before reading this, but this was a fun scenario. It's a bit inconvenient to read posted as it is in a comment thread, and I hope the author will repost it elsewhere eventually. (eta: now available in in more convenient format)
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
It drives me absolutely crazy when in ST:AOS fic the older, time-traveling Spock is called "Spock Prime" within the story text, assuming the story is told from a POV character withing the fictional universe rather than some jokey outside parody narrator or omniscient meta fiction narrator. It's fine for a pairing label, but please, please find some other way to distinguish the character from the younger Spock in the text. I am usually not that picky about narrative voice, but this just throws me out of the story in a way from which I can't recover. It's one of the few things that will just make me stop reading immediately in this fandom.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
I've been thinking about the ST:AOS timeline. Presumably it is like the TOS reality until the Kelvin is destroyed by Nero. But when I thought about that, how do the timetravel events work that have various future crews (from the regular timeline) interact with the past pre-split? Like how did the events of Star Trek: First Contact happen in the AOS reality? I mean, which version of the future characters have now ended up in the past? Or am I approaching this wrong? This makes my head hurt.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
So, I have been sucked into the the ST:AOS fandom, and I feel the need for having more Star Trek icons. I've had my Spock icon for a long time, and also have a Borg which, while not all that suitable for the TOS/AOS time period, aptly describes being assimilated into a new fandom. But now I'm considering to make an Uhura icon.

The snag I've run into is that I'm not sure which hairstyle I should choose. For rather obvious reason with my icon theme "resemblance" for a character depends a lot on things like associated symbols, tools, clothes and hairstyle. While I intend to use it for the new movie fandom, I somehow feel that TOS Uhura's hairstyle would be more recognizable to represent the character. So what do you think?

Poll #518 iconic hairstyles
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 19

Which hairstyle should I pick for an Uhura!RatCreature icon?

View Answers

her TOS hairstyle
14 (73.7%)

her AOS/Reboot hairstyle
5 (26.3%)

ratcreature: Squee!! (squee!!)
[livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 just posted the last part of her awesome ST:AOS story Break (Spock/Uhura, ca. 26,000 words), which tells the story of Spock and Uhura's relationship from their first meeting to the end of the movie. You probably have all already read this or bookmarked it for reading anyway, but if not you really should.
ratcreature: Woe! RatCreature feels emo. (woe!)
Is it me, or is the Kirk/Spock archive down? I was trying to follow some links in a recs post, but it is just not working for me. Wraithbait neither. It's an anti-archive conspiracy. :(
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
I went to see the new Star Trek movie last night: mostly squee )

So is there any fannish infrastructure for the rebooted Star Trek universe yet? Communities, newsletters, that kind of thing?

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