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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Isak Glaser
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:53 am

    Oh, this’ll be great. I actually quite like that your books are in that massive coffetable-book style. Makes it feel hefty, if slightly hard to read leisurely.


  2. Sean Dillon
    September 28, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

    Well, I look forward to that 80’s anime project whenever it comes out. I’d be willing to help work on said project (or, indeed, any project) if you feel you need any help for it. Regardless, I look forward to your future endeavors and reading the new book. Hopefully this volume is slightly smaller than the last one…


    • Josh Marsfelder
      September 28, 2017 @ 6:20 pm

      Fair warning, it is not. These books are simply too long for Createspace to accept at any smaller trim size than 8.5X11.

      Trust me. I tried.


      • Sean Dillon
        September 29, 2017 @ 2:22 am

        Alas. Out of curiosity, is the project in-between Vaka Rangi and the anime one the Scooby Doo one?


        • Josh Marsfelder
          September 29, 2017 @ 4:32 am

          No. I can tell you that much.

          It may possibly have something to do with animation, however.


          • Sean Dillon
            September 29, 2017 @ 4:35 am

            Ah well. Again, should you need any assistance, please let me know.

  3. Austin G Loomis
    September 28, 2017 @ 1:18 pm

    Listen to the secret story of Tasha Yar, uncover her connection to Aliens

    I read a Starlog article about the characters that referred to Tasha by an early-draft name (initials M.H.), so it’s already uncovered for me.

    (It was by David Gerrold, as I recall, and ended by teasing us about the science officer. “He’s very special.” tilts head Indeed.)


  4. Dave
    September 29, 2017 @ 2:21 pm

    Dilemma facing me this Thursday evening – I’m forced to spend eight hours in Istanbul airport, the most boring airport in the world, how to entertain myself whilst my good lady wife sleeps ?

    Wait, what’s that you say Josh ? Volume 2 can be bought on Amazon ?

    You saved my sanity, old chum…


    • Josh Marsfelder
      September 29, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

      I’m very glad I could be of service!


  5. Dave
    September 29, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

    Oh wait, my dear friend.

    You missed Barbary Coast ?

    William Shatner, Doug McLure and Richard Kiel in a remake of The Wild, Wild West ? Why didn’t you tell me this existed ? Onto the shopping basket that goes.

    As you might tell, I couldn’t wait until Thursday and this is even better than Volume 1. I’m on your Rocket Man essay and nodding happily like a daftie. What a magnificent reading of his performance

    ( ps i hate people who refer to him as The Shat. In Scots, its not a nice word. More power to you for never using it, Josh )

    Keep your end up,


    • Josh Marsfelder
      October 3, 2017 @ 10:51 am

      To be fair, “shat” isn’t a particularly nice word in English either, it’s just that particular version of the word has lost its power in everyday discourse.

      Either way, I respect William Shatner too much to use either version of the word to describe him 🙂


  6. Scurra
    September 30, 2017 @ 9:33 am

    I was surprised on a rewatch as to how good S1 of TNG is – it’s got at least as good a strike rate as the rest of the series; it’s just that the terrible ones are awful in a way they generally avoided later.
    So I will definitely be looking this one out (even though I’m not really that interested in either Phase II or the Trek movies.)


    • Josh Marsfelder
      October 3, 2017 @ 10:54 am

      Admittedly, I wasn’t too interested in Phase II or the movies either, and I wrote about them. But knowing about them is essential to learning the history of Star Trek: The Next Generation (which was greenlit because of the success of the movies and basically started as the third draft of Phase II), so they had to be included.

      And anyway, that context was the only way I was ever gonna touch “The Child” and “Blood and Fire”.


  7. Dominic Palfreyman
    August 1, 2020 @ 11:15 pm

    I love this kind of work, it’s incredible. I have read a lot of similar things, now I want to read this and write my analyzes for the book. I also recommend that everyone read the analysis of the book, which consists of stories told by twenty-nine pilgrims during their journey to the shrine of St. Thomas Beckett, based in Canterbury, go to for an entertaining exploration of interesting material on sin history, medieval church age, contrasts and many interesting things. Compare with your thoughts after reading the main text, I wish you good luck and enjoy your reading!


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