Eruditorum Press is thoroughly ecstatic to announce that we have been joined by Josh Marsfelder, who will be publishing the continuing adventures of his blog Vaka Rangi with us every Wednesday morning, starting in about sixty seconds. Vaka Rangi, his sprawling personal memoir and critical history of the Star Trek franchise. So far he’s made it through the whole of the Original Series and The Next Generation, as well as the first season of Deep Space Nine, along with the entirety of the anime Dirty Pair, because Vaka Rangi is that sort of blog, which is to say an awesome one, and all of that is available in our archives for your reading pleasure, so basically I hope you didn’t have any other work to do this week.
The obvious point of comparison for Vaka Rangi, and I’m sure Josh won’t mind my pointing it out, is TARDIS Eruditorum, and certainly anyone familiar with my Doctor Who work will find many similarities in Josh’s approach. But where TARDIS Eruditorum‘s default position was that Doctor Who was basically a good thing, Josh’s relationship with Star Trek much more wonderfully fraught, full of frustrated utopias and half-memories of a show that was never quite the one that was on television. It is, for my money, some of the smartest critical writing on television out there right now, puncturing many of the myths surrounding Star Trek and exploring what it could and should have been.
We are absolutely thrilled to have him here, and look forward to bringing you the latter portions of his epic journey to the stars. And stay tuned, because we’ve got another fantastic announcement to roll out in the next couple of weeks. Until then, ladies and gentlemen, Vaka Rangi.