The Final Frontier (micro fiction)

The Final Frontier

“So why is this spaceship called The Enterprise?”

“Because it’s named after one on a TV show.”

“So it’s not named after an early space shuttle?”

“No I believe that was also named after the TV show one.”


“You know: To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!”

“Except we are going to where no man has gone before, and will never go, as this ship is crewed entirely by women.”


Joanne Fisher

Word count: 73

I wrote this rather grudgingly. I’ve always been a fan of Star Wars, rather than Star Trek, though as friends and former flatmates were fans of Star Trek I have ended up seeing quite a lot of it: the original series, the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, most of the movies etc… Star Trek just never caught my imagination the way Star Wars did. I watch Star Trek and think “Meh…” I’ve never had any desire to rewatch any of it. Give me Star Wars any day, though I also really like Battlestar Galactica (preferably the reboot, though the original series is still fun to watch).

This was written with the prompt enterprise provided by Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #303.

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8 thoughts on “The Final Frontier (micro fiction)

  1. buy’ ngop. Qapla’
    Ah. As you’re not a Trekkor, I should perhaps explain that “the plates are full” is a Klingon idiom that roughly translates as ‘Well done!”.
    It might intrigue you to know that one of the (few) things about Klingon culture (as I understand it, at least, and I admit I’m still learning about them) is that they’re utterly unconcerned about irrelevancies such as misogyny, misandry and suchlike. (Because they’re too busy discussing battle tactics and recounting their exploits – when they’re not fighting, naturally.) On the downside (from our point of view), they’re pretty good when it comes to universal xenophobia in general, and misanthropy in particular. It’s pretty much a case of ‘what they can’t eat, they tend to fight’.

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  2. Grr… my comment vanished without even a ‘your comment is in moderation’, which I believe means that Akismet thinks it’s spam. Would you mind checking your WP spam folder, please, Joanne?

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  3. And I’m the opposite Joanne, I grew up with Star Wars and STNG. I like both but I always found Star Wars cartoonish and scientifically adrift. Star Trek (minus the obvious technical flaws of the original series) although fiction presented a realistic (and possibly idealistic) view of space where the laws of physics and science were stretched but all together believable. May the force be with you!

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      1. I saw Star Wars ‘Episode IV’ when it first came out. I came away thinking that it was OK, but ‘rather dull’ 🙂 For me, the yarn only takes off at ‘Episode V’.

        I agree that original Star Trek is pretty dull from this distance, but it was groundbreaking at the time. Maybe take a peek at Star Trek Discovery: I’ve only seen the first series of that but I thought it was, um, ‘Impressive’, as Darth Vader might say. And the reboot movies by J.J. Abrams are worth a look, too (I think it’s a pity that, as I understand it, he’s decided not to pursue any more of those).


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