Monday, 17 June 2019


The original Star Trek gave us the Romulans and the Klingons and Star Trek: The Next Generation had the Romulans and the Borg.

When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine needed a villain they came up with the Dominion. Several races working together toward a common goal, they act as a mirror to the Federation. Although not one held together through shared ideals, but by fear, genetic manipulation and forced deification. The Dominion, and in particular the war that followed their introduction, helped to define DS9 and further mark it out as different to its contemporaries.

Astonishingly, it is twenty-five years since the Dominion were the new kids on the block and I wrote this in celebration.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Bodyswapping Is Your Future

As a sort of follow-up to the article I wrote about Time Loops, I've written another about another common plot device used in science fiction: the bodyswap episode.

Two characters exchange bodies and learn a little more about how the other person lives, feels and is treated by those around them. It's a great device that can be used for comedy as much as for serious character development.

I wrote this for Hero Collector.