“Universal law is for lackeys. Context is for Kings,” is a quote from Star Trek Discovery. It was said by one of my favorite Star Trek characters of all time despite its short live glory in the show, Captain Gabriel Lorca. It is an understatement to say it inspired my entire sci-fi series.
One Quote Is One Series
When the news of Star Trek Discovery hitting the small screen spread, I jumped on the occasion to be its reviewer for The Geek Initiative. Glued to my television every Thursday, I needed to see what would happen next. Of course, many thought the show to be too different than its predecessors and violated what it represented.
I watched it with an opened mind. I do understand why many trekkers disliked it just as well as I understood why it attracted newer and younger viewers. The look in itself was above and beyond any other Star Trek before and pushed the boundaries of what is used to be. The bold moves they made with the look of Klingons, and they dared stain Starfleet.
Keyword they DARED
Then, they brought in an anti-hero captain who said one thing that would stick with me and inspire my science fiction series.
“Universal Law is for Lackeys. Context is for Kings.”Captain Gabriel Lorca, Star Trek Discovery
If You Dare
I’ve been a fan of science fiction ever since I was a child watching Robocop. Yes, you read that right, a child. I even watched Terminator and Predator as a child, still in the one digit. My grandpa didn’t see the problem with me watching sci-fi movies with him. He just skipped what he judged too much for me.
Of course, those movies now come as PG for all I know. However, back then, believe it or not, Robocop was an R rated movie. It inspired something in me. The end might be the beginning. Those sci-fi movies often showed the end of something, someplace or someone and marked the beginning of something or someone else.
Science fiction is the one genre that dares! It dares to shake the mind of those who watch or read. It dares to go where no one dares to go. It brings out the taboos, stretch it, and put it in your face and rub it in. Robocop alone taught me that our system is broken, not to trust the police because most of them are part of the corruption of our society. Terminator taught me, alongside Robocop that one day, there won’t be a government, but a corporation. Predator taught me that humans haunted themselves for so long that one day, it might be okay to keep a trophy and hang it on your wall.
Then, Star Trek taught me that there might be hope for us after all. It’s hard to say after all those movies and sci-fi history teaches that no matter what happens, we lose in the end because we don’t pass the test of life: live long enough to save ourselves.
Star Trek dared say that we changed. It took WWIII, but we made it after wiping out two third of the planet.
A decade ago, I had a science fiction idea for a series. Often, I would put it aside to write something else, often simpler. Science fiction is a subject that I cherish, and that holds a precious place in my heart. So, I wanted to make sure that all would be perfect. Everything happens for a reason. Now, we’re a decade later and the introduction to my series, UNFORGIVEN – Captain Caldwell is out on Amazon.
I always felt like I didn’t know enough to have the courage to write about an entire series based in a science fiction universe of my own. So, I decided to take courses to develop my knowledge about space and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. A Ufology and Astronomy class later, and here I am, now on the fourth book of the series.
Just like Star Trek, I wanted to bring subjects that are still hurtful to this day, such as hatred among other types of sensitive topics. Mary Shelley’s novel of Frankenstein’s Monster is the mother of all science fiction in literature. I wanted to use the name and create one character who felt out of place, an outcast in a galaxy that is falling apart.
I read many novels, my favorite being Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I could lose myself for hours in horror and science fiction. Often I couldn’t find myself. So, because it was in my favorite show that one of the captains said my favorite quote, I had to dare create something new because even if you’re scared, it doesn’t mean you’re not strong.
It took me a decade to realize my science fiction dream. I created something that I am proud of and love dearly. Soon, Frankenstein enters the world, yours and mine. She is everything I wish I could be, and a lot of me is in her.
Look out for her. She is coming with her story. The 21st century will never be the same. Welcome to my insanity.