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That's right! It's technically still Tuesday somewhere in the world, and this is our first official re-read discussion post!

Now, we will discuss

The Kobayashi Maru


Feel free to take part in the discussion even if you didn't get a chance to re-read last week; even if you've never read the book at all. We all know what the Kobayashi Maru is, right? The no-win scenario that all cadets at Starfleet Academy have to play through, and the test that James T. Kirk cheated on.

This is the book that gave me my life-long story kink for putting characters through war games. It's also the book that gave me my habit of folding paper cranes when I'm depressed, which I refuse to apologize for - don't knock it if it helps. (I'm up to about 780 last I counted, btw.)

Discussion is open to anything you want to talk about! But here's some discussion questions to get you started. )

Julia Ecklar is a fan and a filksinger from way back, with an lj at [ profile] jecklar. She does not approve of the new movie, apparently. Best comment ever: "Their Kobayashi Maru scenario annoyed me; it didn't feel Kirkian. The version I remember was that Kirk reprogrammed the Klingons to be in awe of Kirk's reputation, and argued that he would have that advantage in the real world. That Kirk has big ol' brass balls. The movie Kirk was just a frigging cheater... Come to think of it, you wrote that version, didn't you."

O internets, I love you.

And does anybody have links for fics that deal with the Kobayashi Maru? It seems like something fandom would jump on, but I've never come across much. Anybody have links to similar tests, set in other fandoms? (Stargate does a no-win scenario, I know, and I re-read the XF story The Games We Play yearly.)

Next re-read will be announced tomorrow, after I decide which story it's going to be. (Current top possibilities: Spock's World, Uhura's Song, and Best Destiny. Anyone want to put in a vote?)
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Hello everybody! What have you been up to? I have been creating a bookverse/TOS/Pundit RPS crossover universe and eating cake, among other things. And reading fic - it's interesting how much of the old Kirk/Spock stuff takes book-Vulcan as canon, and even some of the reboot fic is much richer if you get the book references. I strongly encourage this trend.

In order to do so, I would like to start a group read! So here's how it's going to work: On Tuesday (more or less), I'll post the book that we're going to be reading over the next week (or longer, for long books), and then the next Tuesday, I'll put up a discussion post for it.

If you don't have a copy of the book we're discussing, you can go to the source post, and we can fix that problem! The source post is locked - if you can't see it, make sure you're actually a member of the community. (Membership is open.)

This week's book:

Pocket Books #47: The Kobayashi Maru, by Julia Ecklar.

In this book, we get first-hand accounts of Kirk, Chekov, Sulu and Scotty's tests, plus several other Starfleet Academy scenarios, and a RL no-win situation as a framing device. There are also supplementary chapters featuring Ensign Piper from Dreadnaught and Peter Kirk from Sarek available on the source post - I believe those are the only other tests we ever get to see in full, at least in TOS-era.

I will be ready to talk about no-win situations of all kinds next week - same time, same channel. If you don't have time to re-read the whole book, please join us anyway!

If you have suggestions for what we should read in upcoming weeks, comment here (or in any re-read post) and let me know!

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