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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. Sean Dillon
    December 14, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

    “(I’ll even confess something rather embarrassing here: Just this past year as of this initial writing I was toying with a writing a reimagined Star Trek fanfiction universe for my own amusement. You get three guesses as to where the core blueprint for my concept came from, and the first two don’t count. And that wasn’t even the first time I tried to write fanfiction with that pitch.)”

    Hmm… First guess is obviously Dirty Pair. Second Guess would probably be Miami Vice. So it must be Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Either that, or Emergence.


  2. David Faggiani
    December 14, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

    Aw, very heartfelt and persuasive! And that story sounds brilliant.

    You’ve made me think very seriously about what traditionally non-canon stuff occupies a similar, near-definitive place in my heart.

    My Trek answer is quite boring and conventional – the novel ‘FEDERATION’. Absolutely loved and love that book, cover to cover.


  3. John G. Wood
    December 17, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    But apart from that, Josh, what did you think of it?

    Seriously, I’m glad that such a thing exists and would be intrigued to read it. I certainly never had anything like that for my fandoms. Probably the closest is The Dalek World, one of the 1960s Dalek books which was actually my introduction to the pepperpots and fixed my idea of Daleks (and Mechanoids!) for all time. But I’d be hard pressed to say that it was the pinnacle of anything.


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