Klingon

When A Hobby Becomes An Identity

Morgana does the self-observational thing regarding her fannishness: I am happy in my self-awareness and my obsessiveness and my over-thinking-it-ness. I am happy to live partially in my head…

Star Trek, The Empire

In Star Trek: TOS, the episode Mirror, Mirror introduced us to an alternate universe featuring an Earth dominated empire. Star Trek ‘the Franchise’ has managed to pull that same feat off in the real world.

Jingoism and the Culture of Fear in Star Trek Into Darkness

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cn4A5IZg1k&w=570&h=321] Having seen Star Trek Into Darkness twice now, and having very much enjoyed it, my aim is to avoid spoilers here whenever possible, for the sake of those readers who might intend to see the film but haven’t gotten around to it yet. That said, if you’re really worried about it, I’d say […]

The Rising Tide of Alien Languages

Be warned, this post contains spoilers for this week’s Game of Thrones episode “And Now His Watch is Ended”. This morning I sat and watched Daenerys Stormborn finally grow up as she unleashed hell upon Astapor and revealed that she speaks fluent Valyrian, the language of the city’s Masters. This is, of course, no surprise […]