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Title: Star Trek: Trailblazer
Rating: PG13
Word count: About four hundred.
Summary: They are going where nobody has ever gone before, and there is a very good reason for that.
Author notes: Many thanks to sara_lakali and philippos42 for betaing it.
Warnings: Written before the movie, and it has nothing to do with it. It's not an ST:TNG fic, but it's probably around the same timeframe.



The pilot is naked. That's strange. He usually wears Earth Renaissance clothes. I don't like it. It's a behavioral anomaly, and any of them could be the harbinger of chaos. It's too soon for that.

There don't seem to be any major structural changes to the Bridge today. Despite a few modifications it's still clearly Federation issue, even after seven years of travel. Just as the psychologists had predicted, this is still a StarFleet ship.

Everyone seems stable. My First Officer hasn't talked in months, but she's no longer muttering to her bat'leth during the shift. What she does afterward -- it's not my concern. That's why we have all those holodecks and the five Emergency Medical Holograms.

That reminds me that I need to verify their code integrity again. A crewmember claims that the EMH gave him the wrong tattoo. He might be lying. It's more likely that he's delusional, but I have to check.

I have to keep my crew disciplined for as long as I can. We still haven't traveled far from the galactic plane, much less gone deep into the intergalactic void. Five years more, and it won't matter anymore. By then the ship and the 'mission' will be the crew's lives and universe, and they won't want to turn back anyway.

That's the idea of the StarFleet psychologists, at least. There is a larger incidence of untreatable psychological breakdowns in Fleet officers than in any other Federation group. It was to be expected with the things we face day to day. We have to go beyond the normal radius of experience for our various species. Some of us come back. Some of us don't. But acknowledging this epidemic would destroy Fleet morale, and the ones that come back damaged are all too well-trained and too well known to do anything covert with them.

So StarFleet Command built the first ship of the Intergalactic Exploration Program, staffed it with the best and the craziest, and sent it on a mission they hope will be one-way.

They chose me to be its Captain, and I said yes. I was willing to sacrifice myself for the good of the Fleet, and they needed a sane person on the ship.

They needed a sane person on the ship. They had to need a sane person on the ship.

I will never go back and ask.

.finis.



NOTES

This is fic is mostly a note to myself about a Star Trek series I'd like to watch. It's in a way a reaction to (and agreement with) Q's complaint during the ST:TNG series finales that the Enterprise had been exploring nebulas instead of new modes of existance. Although the Trailblazer is traveling (and boldly going where no-one has gone before, etc), what I'd like the series to explore is what happens when a bunch of StarFleet officers with access to Federation technology but not so much to sanity are given relatively free rein and not much to do besides enduring a very very long trip through places where not much is going on. What would they try to do? What sorts of psychological, sociological, engineering, or even ontological problems would they face?

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browngirl
May. 15th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
... this will haunt my dreams.
__marcelo
May. 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
That's very sweet of you. Thanks!
sara_lakali
May. 15th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
In case I didn't say it earlier, it was an honor to be one of the first to read this.
__marcelo
May. 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
*blushes* Thanks so much.
outlawpoet
May. 15th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'd like to read any Star Trek show that removed the No Transhumanism Here rule. This one is probably better than my idea. Less damaging to original canon, while allowing some awesome exploration.
outlawpoet
May. 15th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
"read any show". nice. gotta watch those mismatching referents.
__marcelo
May. 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Now I'm very curious about your idea.
outlawpoet
May. 15th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think I may have commented a capsule summary on jarod's blog. let me see...
genre_savvy
May. 15th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I love you. I've been thinking that I wanted to see Star Trek does NCIS or Star Trek does House, but I was wrong. I want to see *this* and I want to see it now.
__marcelo
May. 16th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Oh, those'd be very interesting shows!

Thanks!
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