Well, like a lot of people it seems, my first thought upon finding this site was "how did I never know about this before?"
I was born quite literally into Trek. When I was 18 months old, my grandmother was trying to ferry me onto a plane, but ended up having to produce a copy of my birth certificate to the airline staff to prove I was under 2 years of age, because I was speaking in fluent sentences. Of course, all I was saying was "Space, the final frontier - these are the voyages of the starship Enterprise." I couldn't get any further than that back then. A bit later, I learned to count with the films - you know, 1, V'ger, 2, Khan, 3, Spock, 4, Whales, 5, God. Wore those VHS tapes out, I did.
I'm 21 now, and Trek is a huge part of who I am. It informs my social life, my work life, my politics, my moral foundations - everything but my fashion sense, really (I've yet to ever don a uniform, although the thought's crossed my mind a number of times). I'm one of those Trek nerds who's completely on board with all the directions the franchise is currently going. I think JJ-Trek was definitely a flawed film, but it was also a brilliant
film, and it was also exactly the shot in the arm that was needed to make my franchise relevant, and, dare I say - cool
I have the utmost respect for TOS - although its really just not my generation, and has never held my interest as stringently as the later incarnations. Next Gen will always be my favorite, both of the franchise, and of television in general. I watched most of Voyager and Enterprise as they were on, although I missed DS9 until recently, when it came up on Netflix. Having just finished it a couple of weeks ago (and absolutely loving it - what a blast!), I immediately learned that the story didn't end there. I'd never paid terribly much attention to the novels. I had quite a few that I'd bought here and there, and had read several of them, but they never quite excited me like I suppose they should have. But what Pocket's been doing these past years, as I've now found out, taking these stories forward into uncharted territories - it's brilliant, and I can't wait to dive into it.
I also play a lot of Trek-themed games. I'm an avid Star Trek Online
player, although I'm taking a break from it at the moment to bask in Mass Effect 3
. I also play a lot of tabletop Trek games. Haven't played Star Fleet Battles
in years, but I love some of the new games that have been put out lately, like Expeditions
and Fleet Captains
from Wizkids, and the Star Trek Deck-Building Game
Anyways, I'll be around, especially as I make my way further through the novels.
As a final note, if anyone's familiar with a Mr. Domino elsewhere, on Avpgalaxy, Alien Experience, Gateworld, Star Trek Online, X-Files Forum, or elsewhere - its probably me, as I use this name a lot. If we've already met, well, hello again!