Destruct Sequence

I've being doing this Fan Film malarky since about 2003 when one of my friends at the Star Trek club suggested we make a film and I said I had a camera. Cue a decade and a bit of Star Trek: Intrepid. Much directing, editing, some acting, and post-production hair-tearing later and -- even though I call myself a writer -- I hadn't actually written anything for it. Making a film is very much a team effort. If Intrepid has a show runner, it is Nick Cook. I'm just a hanger-on, really.

So when I wrote an episode for the first time, I was inspired by some other Star Trek fan fiction. On our old and now-defunct forum someone had posted a short story which began with a red alert. Again. Starting with red alerts seemed a bit clichéd. So I decided to make mine the red alert to end all red alerts. Starting with Intrepid apparently exploding.

Many revisions later it had settled into a stable script.

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Proof Mode

It’s every Science Fiction writer’s dream to have successfully predicted the future.

I did that once. But there’s a wee caveat.

Schneier on Security had a post a few weeks ago about ‘Proof Mode’ for smartphones. This is a way of adding data to a photo to prove that it hasn’t been altered. I predicted image authentication cameras in the Amiga game Hired Guns when I wrote the manual in 1992.

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16 Psyche

When Geoff Pell approached me back in August last year to ask if I would like to write the story for Inviolate, I was given a lot of leeway to change things around if I thought it was an improvement. Originally the game was set on the surface of a planet, which came with its own issues to resolve. Was it around another star system, how would the space travel work in the context of the game and so on. Given the distinct air of cyberpunk surrounding the project — not least that it’s a retro-style game circa 1995 or so — a distant planet felt to me like a different flavour of SF.

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First Post!

There’s always got to be one, hasn’t there? In fact this has had several ‘first posts’ as I developed the web site. Written in normal text in Scrivener and then copied as HTML to Rapidweaver.

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