For All Mankind

Did the world need a new streaming service? I’d say no, but for some reason Apple didn’t consult me before they launched Apple TV+. My flatmate got a year’s free access with her new phone, so we checked out For All Mankind, an alt-history series from Ronald D. Moore in which the USSR beats America to the moon, creating a world where the space race never ends.

It’s … interesting, but deeply flawed. I’ve watched all three episodes currently available, and plan to keep going with the series, but I desperately want to talk about it. And I could keep tweeting into the void, but, well, isn’t this what blogs are for?

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Infinite Dudes in Infinite Combinations: A very long post about Star Trek novels

Star Trek tie-in novels have a gender problem.

Decade by decade, series by series, there has been a steady decline in the number of women writing Trek tie-ins. The percentage has dropped from a remarkable 60% in the 1980s to just 12% in the 2010s.

Graph illustrating the decline in female writers, using the numbers outlined above.

As the television series advances — and the Discovery writers room has the highest percentage of women of any Trek series1 — the tie-in novels are going backwards.

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Voyager rewatch 2.11 – “Maneuvers”

Voyager‘s back, baby! And so’s Seska!

And, before I forget — this weekend, at Continuum 15, I was delighted and honoured to receive the Ditmar Award for Best Fan Writer. I’m well chuffed, and also (simultaneously) as pleased as a dog with two tails.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me! I plan to be absolutely insufferable for at least the next month.

Onto the blog post!

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