The LIEF Erikson

Sunday, January 30, 2005


The LIEF Erikson
The fanzine of the House of L'Stok

..... The Resonance of Trek
..... New Voyages, Beyond Survival
..... Life on Earth
..... LaunchLog Jun 2005

..... The LIEF Erikson as a Fanzine
..... A Fair Go
..... Motherhood
..... Fatherhood
..... Freedom
..... Trek in Paper, May 2005
..... LaunchLog May 2005
..... Lancements projetés, mai - août 2005 en français
..... Astronomy in Canada, May - Aug 2005

..... Trek United initiative for fan productions
..... Carpe Diem
..... Copyright & Merchandising
..... A Trek Media centre
..... This world of shadows
..... Trek in Paper: Apr 2005
..... The ComBadge Dec 2002
..... LaunchLog Apr 2005
..... Spacecraft in Paper, Apr 2005
..... Climate change focuses downunda
..... V'ger to be silenced on April

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Two

The question arises, how to develop the story? Chronologically: start at the beginning, work your way through the middle until you get to the end? Nah! Too easy! I want this to be an anthology of a range of fictional formats from short stories to vignettes, building up to a more complex saga. As in real life, no one person sees the whole story, and different people can re-tell the same story in different ways, so I reserve the right to change plotlines, narrators or whatever else takes me fancy!

If you are lucky we might find some hitherto unknown tracts of the Asnograd cycle of stories!

As we all know, the LIEF Erikson was discovered in the last place anyone would have thought of looking for it by the USS Magellan. They are on patrol at the moment so I am still waiting for a complete report from them. However perhaps I could introduce you to one of the two of the main players in this little drama, a pair whose names are inextricably linked in the annals of Academia.

The sound you hear is that of a Tellarite far in the distance weeping with rage.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Resolving the paradox

Like any good mystery, every fact we learn simply poses more questions!

You could say that there would be three factors that would have been at play during the development of a global government.
  • Firstly there would be mankinds' natural desire to better themselves, the stately tread of humanity as it climbs the path of civilisation.
  • Secondly, as stated in "First Contact", the realization that Humanity is in fact part of a larger whole - the galaxy - would have changed a lot of attitudes.
  • And finally the help and guidance that the Vulcans would have given.
Unfortunately there is a counter point to each of these. For example, the path to civilisation is rarely straight forward, many times humanity has doubled back into a dark age before advancing again. The general tone of the history of the 21st century certainly seems to be full of set backs like that.

Also, whilst to us a world government seems like a good idea, in reality there are many who would oppose it. "The powers that be", the established governments, especially minority goverments or those with an especially strong cultural heritage, they would need some strong persuasion.

The position of the Vulcans in "Enterprise" is not handled very sympathetically, either. They are shown as overly cautious and as holding up Earths' development of their Warp 5 capable starships.

Frankly, I think there are enough plot opportunities here for a lifetime of stories! I’m sure that different people will have their own ideas of how the trasition from Anarchy to world government could happen but, without giving too much away, here is my interpretation of those formative years.

All through the 21st century there is a steady development of space exploration which fosters a growing sense of internationalism and globalism. It is not just national space programs, although they remain the backbone and cutting edge, but commercial as well, funded by ethically motivated global corporations and billionare philanthropists.

...and yes, I do believe in Santa Claus.

After the Vulcans make contact in 2063 they are faced with the classic "Post-Prime Directive" dilemma: how much and what type of technology should they give to the people of Earth? Giving the wrong type of technology to the wrong people could destroy the Earth rather than save it. Just imagine a totalitarian government or group of anarchist terrorists with phasers! The answer would be to accelerate the Earths "natural" development along selected lines, to help those who are heading in the right direction.

Another complication is that, if the more militant groups find out about them and their plans they will be the cause of another world war. Secrecy and a sanctuary within which the human and Vulcan elements can grow is essential.

They find their sanctuary in the form of an asteroid mining venture – "Valhalla" – started in 2052, the brainchild of Lars Erikson, a Norwegian shipping magnate, who offers his fortune and the facilities of his ship yards in the service of mankind. Using a combination of Human and Vulcan technology Lars creates a space colony similar to the O'Neil colonies, a design that has been around for over a hundred years!

The "Large Interplanetary Educational Facility Erikson", or LIEF Erikson as it is called, is a combination school / university / research facility that becomes the centre of a movement towards a world government rebuilt on the framework of the New United Nations.

I have always been a great believer that the road to social change is in education and the LIEF Erikson becomes home for children, teenagers, young people, academics, educators, engineers and scientists from all over the world plus the first extraterrestrials: the Vulcans and their allies. Away from national rivalries, mixing freely between ALL cultures and without indoctrination from political or idealogical blocs, the LIEF becomes a melting pot where a new cross-cultural philosophical outlook can grow based on a caring and ethical use of technology.

The work of the LIEF expands across the globe as the advantages of a world government become evident. With time though their security becomes breached and their oponents start a campaign of armed resistence that culminates in open warfare in 2110.

The LIEF Erikson disappears at the height of the conflict and, with time, fades into obscurity becoming nothing more than a legend.

Imagine the argument between two historians from the 24th century, one who believes the success of the Earth was because of the guidance of the Vulcans and the other who holds the theory that humanity has achieved it largely by their own efforts …

[originally published in Tricorder No9, Dec 2004 as part of "Star Trek - From Barbarism to Utopia"]

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Is this Bermans' direction?

Spotted something in an article on SyFy Portal that I've seen before but never made a connection with ...
Recently, many rumors have been circulating that the next Trek film is 'on the back burner', that Executive Producer Rick Berman had presented a concept that Paramount Pictures disliked and was sending him back to the drawing board.
Berman recently denied those rumors in an interview with Sci-Fi Wire, the official in-house news service for the Sci-Fi Channel.
'Unless there is something going on that I am not familiar with, the rumors are totally fictitious,' Berman said. 'Absolutely neither statement, that something has been scuttled and that I have been asked to redevelop something, is true.'

OK, so this is Berman just laying a smokescreen, but as I read on things started to sound sorta familiar ...
The concept reportedly presented by Berman is a prequel film set in the era before UPN's Enterprise, with a new set of characters not previously seen in any Trek incarnations.

It's Star Trek, but before Enterprise and doesn't use any of the previous characters? Could he be channelling me? [Cue spooky music as I look over my shoulder]
Asked to provide an accurate update on the status of a new Trek next movie, Berman said the status of the next film is 'in an early state of story development, and the Paramount Motion Picture Group will announce personnel and whatever elements of the project when they see fit.'
'If the project does develop as planned I think, of all the Star Trek movies I've been involved with and the previous regimes have been involved with, this one will undoubtedly have a larger scope and budget,' he said. 'It's a very ambitious project, and I'm hoping that it will get the support to come to fruition.'

Well you can't get more ambitious than finally filling in that last missing link: How in the world Humanity could get from warring nations on the brink of nuclear warfare to a united Earth facing a future among the stars!

I'll leave it at that. If Mr. Berman sites his "prequel" in this era, I wish him luck. I just hope he takes the time and effort to tie up the loose ends to make it a credible part of the Star Trek canon. The LIEF Erikson is Fan Fiction, just my way of using the Star Trek universe to have a little fun and ponder a few questions on the way.