January 2013 Challenge: Ethnicity and Culture

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by jespah, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. jespah

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    For a future that's supposed to have peace and harmony and no one caring about race, etc., there's an awful lot of Anglo-Saxon names in Trek. Kirk, Pike, Reed, Tucker, Barclay, Riker, Chapel, Howard, anyone?

    But scratch the surface, and you find plenty of examples of characters practicing faith, showing off their heritage or otherwise bringing something different to the table. Everything from the Ishikawa-O'Brien wedding, to Hoshi Sato fretting over a recipe, to Chakotay's facial tattoo, to Uhura conversing in Swahili, to Kira Nerys calling on the prophets to Vulcan and Klingon rituals attest to the fact that the future is not a homogeneous melting pot of people.

    Hence the challenge is to show characters engaging in something that show off their ethnicity or culture, whether it be a rite, a recipe, a bit of clothing or something else.

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    And now, The Rules:
    • Word limit: 10,000 words max, with a little wiggle room above.
    • Story must be original for this month’s challenge, nothing posted here before please.
    • All Trek genres, series and films are fair game. Original characters are fine. No crossovers, please.
    • Only complete stories will be eligible.
    • Post a link to your entry in this thread when you’re done.
    • Contest to run until midnight (US Eastern Standard Time) January 31st, with voting to follow from Feb. 1st to Feb. 3rd, 2013.

    Any questions can be directed to me here or via PM.

    Have fun!
     
  2. Angry Fanboy

    Angry Fanboy Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Mmmmm, certainly a little different to the usual challenges that are set (and my own in particular!) :lol:

    I think I'll pull the USS Majestic and its crew out of mothballs and see if I can explore this challenge using them, although I must admit I'm a little stumped at the moment.

    I'll have a little ponder on the matter tonight! :)
     
  3. jespah

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    Pondering makes me think of Pinky and the Brain. :)
     
  4. Nerys Ghemor

    Nerys Ghemor Vice Admiral Admiral

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    You know...I might actually be able to muster up an entry for this one! We'll see, but I might be able to do it. :)
     
  5. Count Zero

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    That's quite an interesting theme. And I believe one that we haven't had, yet. :)
     
  6. Cobalt Frost

    Cobalt Frost Captain Captain

    What about someone immersing themselves in another culture, or even "going native", as they say?
     
  7. jespah

    jespah Commodore Commodore

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    Why not? Go fer it! :)
     
  8. Sandoval

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    Cue the inevitable Apocalypse Now ripoff/tribute...
     
  9. Angry Fanboy

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    I sorta have something worked out but it's very early days! :)
     
  10. Count Zero

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    Well, that sounds promising.
     
  11. Angry Fanboy

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    I've always fancied writing a Star Trek Apocalypse now ripoff/tribute! :lol:
     
  12. jespah

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    Kirk, Kurtz, hmmmmm......
     
  13. Angry Fanboy

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    All I can think of now is writing an Apocalypse now ripoff! :lol:

    Damn it! :guffaw:
     
  14. Cobalt Frost

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    Well, I have a couple of ideas bouncing around my noggin right now, neither of which is an "Apocalypse Now" ripoff as I've never actually seen it. Now, it depends on how much real life will let the ideas percolate...
     
  15. Angry Fanboy

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    You should! It's great! :lol:
     
  16. Cobalt Frost

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    Well, I do love the smell of napalm in the morning... especially since I know how to make it :devil:
     
  17. Angry Fanboy

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    I saw a snail, crawling along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream. That's my nightmare...
     
  18. Rush Limborg

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    Worf: That smell...

    Kira: What, the napalm?

    Worf: I find it...invigorating. It smells of victory.


    Okay--this sounds intriguing. I wonder if Ezri has something for me, regarding Trill culture....
     
  19. jespah

    jespah Commodore Commodore

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    3 days until the deadline ....
     
  20. Count Zero

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    So, is anyone working on anything?