Reviewer: Jenna Hilary Sinclair Signed
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
I couldn't read Out of the Big Black without immediately following with this story, the sequel. I know I could just pull out the zine and read the whole thing in print form, but there's something special in reading from the archive and knowing that the stories are available to everyone. (I know you'll be posting the remaining three stories soon.)
I've always thought your introduction of the new characters in this story was so well done. Love the gay ship! Love Demi too, heck, even though she's hetero, LOL!
Something that occurred to me after reading both Big Black and Deep Blue is how our attitudes toward homosexuality have changed since these stories were written. It struck me that Kirk's fear of his relationship with Spock being revealed seemed perfectly understandable from the perspective of the late 1990s or early 2000s. It seemed reasonable for the reader to understand that Starfleet in Kirk's time might be homophobic to some extent. And how enlightened Starfleet became by Picard's time! Now, though, through the lens of all the progress we've made for LGBTQ rights, this seems like a quaint perspective. My own work surely shows this same interesting and out-dated perspective. It's a revelation of progress, and thank the stars for it! Author's Response:
Boy-howdy! LOL. But I think about that too, and living now in a more be-nighted part of the world, I think it's even more interesting than that. I think that we, us, were part of the solution.
We/us, made it better and more acceptable. We/us, made 'don't ask don't tell' simply unacceptable.
I think treksmut helped change the world as we know it for gays, just as trek itself helped change the world for people of colour (as they used to be known) and for science itself.