||Quoted with permission from Ronald
D. Moore's Blog.
Moore is the Executive Producer of the new
Battlestar Galactica on the Sci Fi Channel, and was responsible for
developing the new show. Previously he was writer and
producer on various Star Treks, worked with Jonathan Frakes
executive producing the TV series Roswell, and the attempt to put
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders stories on TV. See his filmography
2010 Exclusive Interview with Ronald D. Moore here
When I asked permission to quote his Blog entry in full, I also
mentioned that I thought that his new Battlestar Galactica is in fact
Intimate Adventure and provided a URL describing the concept. He
replied, and I asked permission to quote that reply and he said yes, I
could quote that reply. So his reply mentioning Battlestar
Galactica as Intimate Adventure plus a reference to Kraith is included
below the Blog quote.
The following is copyright 2005 by Rondald D. Moore, all rights
reserved. I have underlined my own name here so you can find it
-------------------Quote From Ronald D. Moore's
February 04, 2005
Trek goes back to the Fans
Now that Enterprise has been cancelled, we're about to enter a period not seen since the orignal series ended its run just a few weeks before Apollo 11 landed on the moon: a time without a Star Trek film or TV project on the horizon. From the reaction I've seen thus far, the consensus view seems to be that this is merely a pause in the trek, and that before too long, we'll be talking about the newest take on Roddenberry's universe, be it television, feature, animation or sock puppet. I tend to agree, insofar as I know first hand that Viacom considers "the Franchise" to be one of their crown jewels and I've personally heard them refer to the "next fifty years of Star Trek" as a corporate priority.
So Star Trek isn't dead and it isn't dying. It has, however, entered into an interregnum, a pause in the treadmill of overlapping productions that have become the norm for the series that was once considered "too cerebral for television."
Certainly there is sadness in this news. There has been a Star Trek production either in prep or being filmed on Stages 8 & 9 on the Paramount lot since 1977, when Star Trek: Phase Two began initial construction for a second series featuring all the original characters but Spock (these sets were then revamped for Star Trek: The Motion Picture). An entire infrastructure has been built around the productions, staffed by people whose involvement in the Franchise goes back over two decades. The dedication, passion, and talent of these artisans and craftsmen cannot be overstated. The unsung heroes of Trek, the people who sweat every detail, who take the time to think through continuity and try to make the vast universe consistent, people like Mike and Denise Okuda, Dave Rossi, Michael Westmore, Herman Zimmerman, Bob Blackman, and many others, are about to leave and take with them an enormous body of knowledge and talent that cannot be and will not be replicated again. That is cause for both tears and eulogies as the close of Enterprise signals the true end of an era.
However, there is another side of this story, one that perhaps is somewhat more hopeful and positive: Star Trek has now been returned to the care of its community of fans.
I say returned because there was a time when the fans were the exclusive owners and operators of what would later become the Franchise. From 1969 until 1979, a genuine grassroots movement of fans gathered together in conventions, published newsletters (in the primordial ooze of the pre-internet era, no less), wrote scads of fan fiction, created their own props and uniforms, and dreamed the dream of what it was to live aboard the good ship Enterprise.
I was one of those fans; I was a kid growing up in the 1970's who found Star Trek in strip syndication and bought every book and magazine I could lay my hands on and every piece of fan merchandise I could con my parents into buying and I can tell you that some of those efforts were abysmal and some were brilliant, but all of them were driven by a sense of passion rooted in a belief that Trek was our secret club. We, the fans, embroidered the Trek tapestry while the powers that be at Paramount dawdled. In those years, the best stories told not those written by Gene or any other "professional writers" (no offense to the short-lived, but well intentioned animated series), but by people like Sondra Marshak, Myrna Culbreath, and
Jacqueline Lichtenberg. Who are they? Fans. People who loved Star Trek and were able to breath life into it during the interregnum between the show and the Franchise.
Star Trek now returns to the care of its fans and its fans can decide for themselves what kind of experience they want to have during this next interregnum. They can consume the seemingly endless licensed products available to them from the Franchise, everything from barware to shower curtains, and read only the mainstream, officially licensed and sanctioned books, or they can go their own way. Some of the most daring and creatively challenging Star Trek material has been created not by Paramount, but by amateurs, who simply had an idea for an interesting twist on the Trek universe. Think Kirk and Spock were secret lovers? Wonder about the social and cultural history of the planet Vulcan? Believe the Mirror Universe is more fascinating than our own? All these topics and many others were, and are, tackled by fans in their own fiction, their own stories, their own dreams.
Step back from the merchandising. Rediscover the joy and wonder of the universe Roddenberry created. Talk to people who share your common interest and who understand the difference between phaser mark I and mark II (duh!). You don't need another series to enjoy Star Trek. You need only your own imagination and the desire to boldly go where no man has gone before.
to my request to quote this Blog entry------------
You are more than welcome to quote my blog or make
appropriate links to it from your site. (. . . )
The intimate adventure genre is an interesting theory
and I see no reason not to include Galactica within
As you probably picked up from my piece, I was a fan
of your work for many years and I'm delighted to
finally be able to thank you for it directly. Your
work really spoke to me when I was growing up and
definitely influenced my own writing ambitions and
desires, so thank you, thank you, thank you!
Here's a question I've been waiting almost thirty
years to ask: where can I get a copy of Kraith???
(Hope I spelled that right, it's been a while.) The
tales of Vulcan and its history really caught my
imagination and to this day it remains one of those
mythic texts that exists out there somewhere that I'd
always wanted to read. At the moment, I can't even
recall if you were the author or if it was simply
talked about in your book (which I do have somewhere
and which you WILL sign should we finally meet) but my
curiosity about it is still alive and well.
Take care and I hope to one day buy you and some of
your compatriots a tall drink and hear the stories
about the days of yore.
So I sent him a complete set of Kraith Collected on
paper. But if you're curious, you can read Kraith
free online, or buy it on
paper at a very reasonable price.
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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0601821/ (Ronald B Moore)
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