Karen: When I was a youngster and just starting to read science fiction, some of the first books I picked up were James Blish's novelizations of Star Trek episodes. These were fairly light paperbacks, and each episode was perhaps 25 pages or so in length, basically a short story. It was fun for me to see where the written word diverged from the television episode, or where Blish expanded upon something only briefly mentioned in the episode itself. Plus, the library had most of them. Karen: Since the time of the original series though, Star Trek novels have become a huge market. Practically anything one can imagine in the Star Trek universe has probably been written about by someone (and this is not even counting the enormous number of fan-published books). Despite being a big Trek fan, I never had much interest in reading Trek fiction; I did pick up a couple of books here and there over the years but for the most part was not impressed. The exception was The Final Reflection by John M. Ford, which looked at Klingon culture back before the Klingons became so very popular. I don't think his ideas became canon, but they were quite intriguing, with the Klingons essentially dividing all races into either conquerors or servitors. When viewed that way, their actions seemed to make more sense, although the brutality remained. Karen: I know we have some Star Trek fans around here. Have you read any Trek novels? What do you think of them?
Our collaborators, Martinex1 and Redartz, have opened a new blog called Back in the Bronze Age... If you have liked the sorts of topics seen here on Bronze Age Babies, then you are going to feel right at home at Back in the Bronze Age... Give them a visit!
Karen and Doug
Bronze Age Babies, Unite!
On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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Dig Karen's Work Here? Then You Should Check Her Out in Back Issue!
BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
Karen's talking the Mighty Thor in the Bronze Age!
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