Karen: When I was a youngster and just starting to read science fiction, some of the first books I picked up were James Blish's novelizations of Star Trek episodes. These were fairly light paperbacks, and each episode was perhaps 25 pages or so in length, basically a short story. It was fun for me to see where the written word diverged from the television episode, or where Blish expanded upon something only briefly mentioned in the episode itself. Plus, the library had most of them. Karen: Since the time of the original series though, Star Trek novels have become a huge market. Practically anything one can imagine in the Star Trek universe has probably been written about by someone (and this is not even counting the enormous number of fan-published books). Despite being a big Trek fan, I never had much interest in reading Trek fiction; I did pick up a couple of books here and there over the years but for the most part was not impressed. The exception was The Final Reflection by John M. Ford, which looked at Klingon culture back before the Klingons became so very popular. I don't think his ideas became canon, but they were quite intriguing, with the Klingons essentially dividing all races into either conquerors or servitors. When viewed that way, their actions seemed to make more sense, although the brutality remained. Karen: I know we have some Star Trek fans around here. Have you read any Trek novels? What do you think of them?
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BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
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As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
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