Friday, February 10, 2012

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 101 & 102 "Emissary"


Star Trek:  The Next Generation presented a two part classic story called “The Best of Both Worlds"  It showed how Captain Picard was kidnapped by the Borg and turned into one of their own.  He led the attack on the Federation at Wolf 465.  Many Federation ships were lost in that battle.  Little did we know that it would provide one of the storylines that would turn into Deep Space Nine.
In that battle, Benjamin Sisko lost his wife.  He managed to survive along with his son.  The scars would stay with him the rest of his life.  He also carried a hatred for Captain Picard since he led the attack.  Picard was not in control of his actions but that did not change things in Sisko’s eyes.  Unlike the crew of the Enterprise, we are immediately shown that this crew would be different.  Many of them carry the scars of their lives before coming to the station.  Some would not like each other.  Many times they disagreed over what to do.  The interaction between Sisko and Picard demonstrates that things are not going to go smoothly in the DS9 universe.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Rifleman in Space: A Return to Deep Space Nine

Over the years, I have watched many good and some not-so-good science fiction television shows. Among my favorites are the various Star Trek shows (some I enjoyed more than others but I liked all of the various series), Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (new series), Doctor Who, Torchwood and others. But, my personal favorite has always been Star Trek: Deep Space 9. It appeared on our local CBS station at 11:30 PM on Saturday nights. The rest of the family was in bed and I would settle in to watch the show.

In recent years, I have faithfully watched numerous shows but DS9 still holds a special place in my heart. So I thought, why not go back, re-watch the episodes, and review them here? My plan is to post a review on each Saturday. I am also reading the “Star Trek Deep Space Nine Companion” by Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block. It provides interesting behind the scenes insights.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Poul Anderson, Jim Baen, and Worlds of IF

My first subscription to a science fiction magazine began with the August 1974 issue of Galaxy.  Beginning in September of that year, my short lived (due to cancellation) subscription to its sister magazine Worlds of IF.  Both were edited by Jim Baen who quickly became my favorite editor at the time.  Through yard sales and flea markets I was able to collect other issues of both magazines.  I am still slowly filling in the gaps.