laurajv: Don't give me any wild ideas! (Default)
I started off by writing a ridiculously long and boring dialogue between Jim & Spock about Vulcan marriage contracts, and it devolved into a series of shorts.

Most of the marriage contract stuff ended up on the cutting room floor, sadly.
laurajv: Uhura says "Don't make me turn this ship around" (don't make me turn this ship around)
I am trying to remember what pro Trek novel had the Spock Manpain Meditation in it, where Spock sits in the dark and listens to terrible news stories about things like orphanages being crushed in earthquakes, and has Manpain over them. This is his actual meditation routine in the novel, I kid you not.

I believe that the Spock in this novel is older -- post-TMP Spock, not TOS-era. Anyone know?

(I am possibly using this Uhura icon because that look on her face is the look I imagine she would have if you told her about the manpain meditation.)
laurajv: Banzai Institute Logo (buckaroo banzai)
Jim kicked at the floor of the cave. Six hours. Six long, boring hours before the Enterprise was back in transporter range; with any luck the angry, prison-happy Elarians wouldn't find them first. He looked over at Spock, who was leaning against the cave wall with his arms around his knees and his eyes closed. He'd been that way for two hours, and Jim was pretty sure he wasn't asleep. Right now, though, Jim felt like he needed some conversation to break up the complete boredom of being trapped in a cave.

He took two steps and tapped his boot against Spock's boot. "Hey."

"Captain," Spock answered, eyes still closed.

"So you're half-Vulcan. A hybrid."

A long pause. "You are aware of that already, Captain."

"So, are you fertile?"

Spock's eyes flew open as his eyebrows flew up. "Of course," he answered.

"Most hybrids aren't."

Spock's eyebrows climbed, if possible, even further up towards his hairline. "I'm genetically engineered, and my designers were not idiots."

Jim raised his own eyebrows, now. "I wasn't suggesting they were," he said. "Just that they might not have been able to fix that."

"I know you achieved satisfactory grades in your biology and xenobiology coursework," Spock said. "I see no reason to discuss the choices my designers made about my biology with you at this point."

Jim sat down. "Small talk. This cave is exceptionally boring, in case you failed to notice, and it's either small talk or six hours of tic-tac-toe, Mr. Spock."

"Spare me," Spock said, closing his eyes and leaning his head against the wall again.

Jim frowned and drummed his fingers on his thigh. "OK. Hey, do Vulcans have casual sex?"

"Is that a proposition, Captain?"


Spock opened his eyes again. "Then it depends on what you mean by 'casual sex'."

Jim waves his hands. "Sex. With someone. Without--things. Like, do Vulcans ever pick up a partner in a, a, spaceport tea shop or whatever, have sex, and never see the person again?"

"It is uncommon, but it does happen. More frequently in pornographic material than in reality."

"Vulcans have porn?"

Spock looked at him like he was insane, which: OK, every OTHER sentient species Jim could think of had pornography, so why he thought Vulcans wouldn't... "You all seem so buttoned-up," he said, by way of explanation.

"Vulcans do not have casual sexual relationships," Spock said, after a minute. "Humans often seem to have sex with their friends, for mutual pleasure, with no attachment beyond that. Vulcans do not have that form of casual sex."

"Huh. Because you don't have friends, really?"

"Captain. Vulcans are social beings. But our alliances, associations, and relationships are constrained by our telepathic abilities; casual sexual relationships with associates or friends are likely to form telepathic linkages that are...undesirable and possibly dangerous."

Jim grinned. "So, you're really serious about Uhura, then? Don't get her pregnant, please, Mr. Fertility; she'd have to go on starbase or planetside duty and then who would keep me in line?"

"Lieutenant Uhura," Spock replied -- somewhat primly, Jim thought -- "is a sensible person and it is not any of your affair what reproductive choices she and I have made about our relationship."

"Oh, good, she's got an implant."

Spock looked offended. "I did not say that, Captain."

"You didn't have to. That's what a sensible person would have."

"This is an exceedingly inappropriate conversation."

Jim drew a tic-tac-toe grid on the ground with his finger, and was gratified when Spock rolled his eyes. "Next question! Ever thought about sex with men?"

"Are you going to pursue this line of inquiry for the next five-point-seven-three hours, Captain?"


"Will you be at all dissuaded if I simply cease to answer?"

"Probably not."

"Perhaps I shall endeavor to find out," Spock said.

"Spoilsport. I won't tell anyone about your fantasies. Cross my heart."

Spock laid down on his side and closed his eyes. "I am going to sleep, Captain. I suggest you do the same." Jim watched as Spock's breathing deepened, then scuffed out the tic-tac-toe grid with his boot, and stretched out next to Spock, close enough to feel his warmth but not quite close enough to touch.

"Spoilsport," he muttered again, putting his hands behind his head, and feeling sleep overtake him.
laurajv: Uhura says "Don't make me turn this ship around" (don't make me turn this ship around)
So what IS with the backrub scene in "Shore Leave", anyway?

Also, someone give me commentfic prompts. FIVE someones.
laurajv: The Vulcan Community Finds Your Shenanigans Illogical (t'pau)
Bones flung himself into the chair opposite Jim, and glared.

Jim clicked off his screen and steepled his hands on the desk, in his best Bones-annoying-Spock-impersonating manner, and waited. He did not have to wait long.

"Vulcans," said Bones, "breed like rabbits, apparently. The new population numbers just came out. Over ninety percent of Vulcan women of childbearing age had kids last year. Over half of them had twins. That's just unnatural."

Jim blinked at him. "So maybe it's not. Maybe they're all hopped up on fertility drugs. So what?"

"They're not, that's the thing, Jim. That's the word on the med-net, anyway. They're not importing or manufacturing any fertility drugs. They've got no surviving reproductive specialists and they haven't requested any from Rigel. They're doing it the old-fashioned way. Whatever the Vulcan old-fashioned way is, and they're as tight-lipped about that as an Aldebaran shellmouth." He paused, contemplatively. "Maybe they're budding."

"Maybe they have an evolved mechanism for dealing with catastrophic population loss once returned to a resource-rich environment," Jim said, and Bones stared at him as if he'd grown three heads. "What? I passed Galactic Evolutionary Schemata with honors. As a first-year."

"I hate you," said Bones, with feeling.
laurajv: The Vulcan Community Finds Your Shenanigans Illogical (star trek shenanigans)
There are a couple things I've seen floating around lots of places that I would like to talk about.
spoilers, obv. )

New comm!

May. 21st, 2009 11:20 am
laurajv: Fanor the Mighty! (fanor)
[personal profile] zvi just fired up a new community, [community profile] vulcanreforged, spoilers )

I am very much looking forward to reading the work posted there! It is just the sort of thing I am looking for (as you might guess, if you've read my ST:AOS work).
laurajv: What Would Mirror Spock Do? (star trek mirror spock)
"What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
Read more... )


May. 14th, 2009 10:29 am
laurajv: Uhura says "Don't make me turn this ship around" (star trek uhura)
Your results:
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Jean-Luc Picard
Deanna Troi
Mr. Scott
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Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Mr. Sulu
You are a good communicator with a
pleasant soft-spoken voice.
Also a talented singer.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

laurajv: Uhura says "Don't make me turn this ship around" (star trek uhura)
Netflix streaming has remastered TOS episodes. I should be in bed; I meant to go to bed an hour ago. Except: The Man Trap.
laurajv: Uhura says "Don't make me turn this ship around" (star trek uhura)
I have noticed, floating about the fan-o-sphere, a lot of renewed interest in original-series Star Trek (aka ST:TOS) as a result of the new movie (aka ST:TOR AOS). One of the characters who has been catching a lot of the interest is Uhura, who was originated by Nichelle Nichols and is played by Zoe Saldana in TOR AOS.

I am not about to write a comprehensive history of the character -- that is what Memory Alpha is for. (Original timeline Uhura, Reboot timeline Uhura)

But here are some things you might want to know about her, going in, if you're going to write some fiction about her:

1. She's not African-American. She's from the United States of Africa and grew up speaking Swahili. The character is semi-established as identifying herself as Bantu (by which I mean "Gene Roddenberry said she was Bantu, but there's no canon about it that I know of.")

2. She's highly technical. Communications Officer is not just a glorified phone operator; she can rewire that whole damn board from scratch and make it dance a jig if she wants to.

3. She can also fly the ship. Better than you.

4. If you ever get trapped in a mirror universe and have to wear a skimpy-ass costume and deal with sexism so explicit that the only way to get ahead is to have sex with male officers, remember that Uhura, despite being completely freaked the hell out by the situation (WOULDN'T YOU BE? I WOULD. OH MY GOD), backhanded an evil Sulu right across the chops and then threatened to knife him.

5. She can sing well, and often does, to entertain or comfort fellow crewmembers. Or to tease Spock.

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