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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. Adam Riggio
    September 9, 2015 @ 4:55 am

    But since a major theme of this blog is memory's betrayal of the facts to create a better future, that's entirely appropriate.


  2. Froborr
    September 9, 2015 @ 9:50 am

    continues to point at "Hard Time" as the correct way to do a sequel to "The Inner Light" that addresses Piller's concern about coming back from such an experience

    Your idea for an "Inner Light" sequel is intriguing too, though. I've actually been trying to get something similar going as an RP within Star Trek Online–the idea is that we're ALL the game's player character, and thus all have experienced similar lives, but with slight differences due to our variant choices, positionalities, and origins, and now we're off to explore together the mystery of how we can all exist at once in the same world.

    "Oh gee, Froborr's talking about STO. What an utterly unexpected and novel turn of events."


  3. Daru
    September 14, 2015 @ 9:08 pm

    "If this essay has for some reason convinced you to read "The Outer Light" for yourself"

    Nope, don't feel tempted to read it. Well, I did have a little peek but quickly closed the page down as the artwork is just awful. In my reading of comics the artwork it often the first thing I judge on – as an artist it's just what clicks me in and I don't really know even if would be able to read a good story that had terrible artwork!


  4. Daru
    September 14, 2015 @ 9:09 pm

    And I will be simply pretending that this does not exist as the original is pretty perfect for me, in fact my favourite Trek basically.


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